A truly awesome part of our heritage
The recently published figures from Failte Ireland for last year's most visited Irish tourist attractions make interesting reading.
The Guinness Storehouse came first with over one and a quarter million visitors, with the Cliffs of Moher coming a close second.
At €42.50 for a family ticket, the Storehouse doesn't come cheap. Having been there, I cannot see what all the fuss is about and while tourists seem to adore it, I would much prefer to go to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin or the National Gallery, both of which, to my mind offer far more and, remarkably, are free.
Entry to another top 10 venue, Tayto Park costs €14 per head. If you have children in tow, it is not inexpensive but it attracted over 450,000 visitors and provides the essentials for a great family outing.
I enjoyed every minute of a trip there last year and with the addition of their amazing new rollercoaster, the figures for 2015 will surely be higher.
Dublin Zoo, another great venue, had over one million people through the turnstiles. It costs €55.50 for two adults and four children, again not cheap when you consider you still have to buy food or an ice cream or two.
However, the wonderful and unique place is excellently managed and maintained.
There are places throughout Ireland that we all want to see at some point in our lives and the island of Skellig Michael attracts tourists from near and far.