8. Embrace the warmth of the people
The traveller: Karen McCallum, Canada
The memory: “Never have I been so far from home and at the same time felt totally at home. In Sean’s Bar in Athlone, we spoke to an elderly lady and her family. She told us all about her wedding day and the amazing celebrations. I still chuckle when I think of it.”
The lowdown: The spirit of the people you meet in Ireland can’t be captured; it has to be experienced. Those 100,000 welcomes you always hear about, they’re woven into the fabric of the people. They say you should always listen to your heart. Right now, Ireland can fill your heart with the good stuff.