Saturday, May 17, 2008

Eire - Real, Imagined

I love Ireland. I'm not a fetishist for a mythic romanticized version of the country, but like many who have spent enough time there to feel as if I know the place, I have a desire to find a little niche of my own. This article captures some of the paradoxes of looking for a "real Ireland" when real Ireland might be right there before you. The author focuses on Counties Galway and Clare, which is wonderful, and where I lived (County Galway) for a while a few years back.

Whatever you do, avoid telling your friends about the Dingle Peninsula. It is one of the greatest places in the world, and the last thing we'd want would be for a bunch of tourists to overrun it.*

*Too late in the summer months.

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