Saturday 10 December 2016

That indefinable entity 'the craic' proves we're not gone too cool for a warm welcome

John Daly

Published 18/06/2016 | 02:30

Joe Biden and Donald Trump may both be coming our way shortly and at least one of them is guaranteed a red carpet REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry
Joe Biden and Donald Trump may both be coming our way shortly and at least one of them is guaranteed a red carpet REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

Joe Biden and Donald Trump may both be coming our way shortly and at least one of them is guaranteed a red carpet. But what about the Ireland of 100,000 welcomes? Does it still exist or is Ireland 2016 too cool to be warm?

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised the US Vice President a real 'céad míle fáilte', but is there still a welcome on the mat or have we left that threshold behind us in the mists of time along with the shillelaghs and 'The Quiet Man'?

With another bumper tourist season already on the cards, it certainly seems like our little island still holds a special place in hearts and minds around the world. A recent survey of 46,000 of readers by the prestigious 'Conde Nast Traveller' magazine saw "grand scenery" and "friendly helpful locals" underlined repeatedly as the key crowd pleasers for tourists.

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