Ireland is one of the friendliest countries I have ever been to. During my first visit to this fine country, I was stopped by an older gentleman while walking down the street. He asked, “do I know you from somewhere?” With my American accent, I replied, “probably not, I just arrived yesterday.” We continued to have a conversation as if we had known each other. A lovely first impression and good example of the people you will find in Ireland.
In addition to being friendly, Irish are festive and spirited. It seems that everything they do includes bright colors and beautiful music. Thus, Ireland is a fantastic place for ringing in the New Year.
There are certain activities you can count on in Ireland. Pubs are packed with live music and jolly drinkers. As one can imagine, the festivities are even more abundant on New Year’s Eve. What I enjoyed most was New Year’s Day. Church bells are ringing throughout the day in Dublin. Literally, “ringing in the New Year”. People attend church services. You can hear hymns pouring out the front doors of cathedrals. It is a cheerful way to start the year.