Entertainment and Sport.
Ireland has a wealth of entertainment opportunities for the visitor to indulge in, both indoors and outdoors. The main forum for night time fun is the Pub, and most have music and the odd local character to while away the time, also a good helping of the traditional Irish drink "Guinness" will help to ease the pain of a hard day at the Races or if you prefer contact sports there's "Hurling", "Gaelic Football", "Rugby", "Soccer". The more sedate "Fishing" and a host of other water based activities are also available on our rivers which are probably the cleanest in Europe, and our wild and rugged coastline is marvelous for scuba diving on the numerous wrecks that floundered on the rocks during winter storms which rage in from the atlantic,(many valuable artefacts have been recovered in recent years by amateur divers.)
THE COUNTRYSIDE ABOUNDS WITH ANCIENT RUINS DATING BACK MANY HUNDREDS OF YEARS, FAIRY FORTS WHICH ARE SAID TO HAVE MAGIC PROPERTIES, ALSO NEOLITHIC GRAVES OF PRE - HISTORIC TIMES WILL GIVE THE AMATEUR ARCH-AEOLOGIST PLENTY TO KEEP HIM OCCUPIED.
Hill walking among the rolling hills of Wicklow or Kerry, hire a bicycle and tour at your own pace, or a horse drawn caravan and meander your way from campsite to campsite with one horsepower at your disposal. The pace of life is leisurely and there is no better way to recharge run down batteries than to spend a relaxing few days in harmony with nature. Summertime is a time for festivity and there are many festivals to choose from, The "Rose of Tralee" is one of our most famous get togethers and the "Galway races" , all Ireland "Fleadh Cheoil", "Ballinasloe horse fair" to name a few, but the list is endless and it all makes a holiday in Ireland a time to remember for a long time after it's over. The younger members of your family are not left out either, there are numerous rock festivals, with the latest talent in abundance to keep even the most discerning fan happy, and since a good number of the top names now reside in ireland they might see their current idol casually strolling through our busy shopping streets without their usual entourage of minders, all in all a holiday in Ireland will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life and most people come back for a second helping. Try it ,I guarantee you will not be sorry. If you like to be more independent it is possible to rent an Irish thatched cottage for a reasonable charge per. week, which will allow you to come and go as you please. They have all the facilities a discerning visitor might require and are also sited close to some of the most beautiful and breathtaking tourist trails. The cottages are generally grouped in village format so evenings are usually pretty hectic even without the local entertainment. Catering will not be a problem either as the local community will have small restaurants and coffee shops with enough traditional Irish dishes on the menu to keep any ploughman satisfied, and at reasonable cost as well. Ireland is not backward by any means, we have a young, well educated work force and an older, more laid back community of people who are not bothered too much by the upsurge of hi-tech. manufacturing facilities. We have a communications network second to none, and an economy with growth un-equaled in Europe. It is this combination of old and young which enables us to keep our feet on the ground and not get carried away by the consumer society syndrome, so do not expect the Ireland portrayed by Hollywood in the movies but expect a community of friendly ,outgoing individuals who will welcome you among them as if you were their long lost brother back from America, come to the land of a thousand welcomes for an experience you will never forget.

Slán go fóill agus go ndeirig an mbóthar leat.
(Goodbye for now and may the road rise up to meet you.)