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Skellig Michael in Co Kerry. Holidays at home are making us understand why American tourists were left in awe by our scenery. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Skellig Michael in Co Kerry. Holidays at home are making us understand why American tourists were left in awe by our scenery. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Skellig Michael in Co Kerry. Holidays at home are making us understand why American tourists were left in awe by our scenery. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Let’s face it: over the years, we haven’t always been kind about visiting tourists, particularly of the American variety. Not that we would have said it to their faces or anything; instead, we’d gently roll our eyes at the sight of them thronging Temple Bar with their fanny packs and their shamrock T-shirts, searching for an Oirland that those of us who grew up here thought woefully outdated.

I remember with shame the scorn with which we treated a visiting Californian friend who arrived wearing an actual Aran sweater and brandishing a well-thumbed guidebook. “I’ve been reading about the craic,” he said, bemused. “What is it, and where can I find it?”


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