We had originally picked another place to stay for our first night in Ireland but the "castle" was grown-up with weeds and was nothing like what the web-site had looked liked. We decided to strike out on our own (in a foreign country with no place to sleep) and we came up on the historic Hill of Tara and decided to have a late lunch at the local coffee shop and cafe (next to the entrance of the Hill of Tara). The cafe was right ready to stop serving and close up but the owner learned of our horrible experience with the "castle stay" and welcomed us to sit down and eat. He served us the best beef stew and brown bread and formally welcomed us to Ireland. He said, "Now my mother runs a cute little bed and breakfast down the road and I will call her to see if she has a room, if you do not like it, I will be more than happy to suggest some more places nearby". He called and sent us no more than 50 feet down to this wonderful oasis near this historic site. The owner and mother of our new guide to Ireland was Joan (my mother's name!) welcomed us with open arms and her home felt like we had walked into a friend’s house. It is a clean “ranch style” built home with a hostess that felt like family. Joan’s daughter was visiting and suggested for us to settle in and then drive to their local pub to enjoy a drink. What we did not know at the time, we were about to walk into some Irish history, Mrs. O’s pub (Skryne Hill, Co. Meath, Ireland) where every year the Guinness Beer Christmas commercial is filmed. This cute little pub was filled with locals and the best music played by the men of the local area. I closed my eyes and experienced an “Irish Dream” while standing and listening to this “toe tapping” and “out of the body” music experience while sipping on my “Paddy’s” whisky (I was in heaven). What first turned into a horrible experience with our reservation at the “castle” became what I could describe as pure bliss. We then walked next door to “foxes” pub to enjoy a Guinness and King’s crisps (made local) and learned of the proper way to drink a pint with the local men. At the end of the night, we drove back to the Hill of Tara House and found a soft and inviting bed. The next morning we discovered that we were the only guest staying and the breakfast was fit for a king. Joan with her soft spoken voice and bright smile served us fresh fruit and many other items including a large hot Irish breakfast. She gave us suggestions to look out for the “4 leaf clover” sign in front of Bed and Breakfast(s) as these places have been vetted and often surprise checks from the authority to make sure that they are following guide lines. Before we departed, Joan gave us a big hug and well wishes for a safe return. Please take it from us, our new found friend Joan and her lovely home will be a haven for travelers.