You have to hand it to the Irish; is there another population that is in such a warm, friendly collective mood? I'm just back from a week in the country where my father was born and the nation's amiable little fingers are still tickling me all over. Yes, despite its less than happy history, this is the land of brilliant moods. Take this for example:
"Oh, great, a monument to explain the significance of this wonderful spot! Was there a famous battle here? Did the first Irish king live in these parts?"
"Let's get a closer look and read the plaque! All will be explained."
Ah, humour here is always way out in front, softening many hard roads, melting moments that might otherwise be too tough.
I have some beautiful photos to post here when my holiday is done (I'm getting in some skiing in the French Alps over the weekend, just to remind myself that it's such a hard life!) We spent a few days in Dublin and then travelled out to explore the countryside around Galway, including Connemara. I am returning home full of inspiration and all fired up with that amazing Celtic spirit, which really does help pull my creative handles.
I was very amused, by the way, to see that my "licking the shamrock" comment caused small ripples (see previous post). Minx was right in saying that this is just my weird take on the tried and tested "kissing the blarney"! Let's just say that many a shamrock has now been licked - and there are grins all round!