The Emerald Isle, a country full of surprises. One of the most surprising
aspects is the contrast between the new country (the Republic as such is 75
years young) and the sense of history which permeates the country. Ireland is
a country full of contrasts: on the one hand an old-fashioned love of
tradition and a relaxed approach towards life which can be invigorating, on
the other hand a 'high tech' society. It is no accident that many American
computer firms have their European headquarters here. The high level of
education (and a favourable investment climate) make Ireland an attractive
country to live and work in.
Tourism is an important industry in Ireland and more and more people
realise that the traditional hospitality towards strangers can be profitable
in more than one sense. In the rural areas the more traditional attitude
prevails. The Irish are interested in their visitors. Why do you come to
Ireland? What attracts you in our country? And what do you think about .... ?
The Irish love talking to people and they are really interested in your
And, well yes, it does rain from time to time.
About comparable to the Netherlands, but - perhaps surprisingly - less than
in Western Britain. Rain and sunshine alternate, often within the hour.
And 'the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow' ? We haven't found it yet.
But, who knows ...