I'm 1/2 Irish and an Irish dancer. Though I've been to Europe many times before, I never made it out to Ireland until 2011. It is a magical place, with clouds and rain one minute and sunshine the next (and even a few rainbows). A cup of tea is your best friend in the cold, along with some potato leek soup and soda bread (picture in Galway). The Rock of Cashel was peaceful, surrounded by a cloud, and a content pigeon could care less about our presence. Out on the Dingle Peninsula, an ewe and lamb seemed at ease in the wind and the cliffs. Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, is rugged and you can walk straight out to the cliffs of Dun Aengus fort. All of the island inhabitants are friendly, including a curious horse.