I have just returned from Ireland; a trip that was everything I had hoped for and more.
A huge contribution to what I accomplished was the endless help received here and the joie de vivre of the Irish people, everywhere I went.
Not a day went by that I didn’t hurt from laughter.
I would like to thank each of you directly and individually, but I fear overlooking someone. This forum is the model all others should be emulating.
I need some time to filter my thoughts and notes, but I will eventually do a trip report.
In the meantime and you may not want to talk about it, but;
I spent May holiday weekend in and around Killarney, as did a group of what I understand were amateur car rally enthusiasts. Perhaps more appropriately described as Animal House on wheels.
Traffic was blocked or delayed, on a major route into the city, by cars and young spectators lining the roadway, while testosterone performed burn outs and other stunts. One particular challenge seemed to be, which male in a group, could achieve the highest and farthest squirt over a metal guardrail.
Sraid an Cholaiste (College Street) resembled a toxic waste dump, all weekend. Trash, enough food waste to rescue Somalia, broken glass, discarded bits of clothing, vomit and the stench of urine from Saturday, were still there Monday morning.
I’m curious why, since it seemed unanimous that “these people are not wanted anywhere,” nothing is done to control it, clean it up or prevent the negative impact on tourists. While I would give Killarney a second chance, many others said they would not return.
Everyone enjoys a party but this seemed a bit much.
Am I missing some benefit here? Over reacting?