Pretty much everyone I've mentioned the rain to has kinda laughed at me and gone "Well it is Ireland" like I'm some naive idiot who didn't realise that it might rain while I was there. So I have to point out that when I say it rained a lot, I mean it rained a lot. Even the locals were commenting on the weather and how bad it was. One of the staff at the Smuggler's Inn said that it felt more like November than early August. Of course that day it wasn't just raining, it was also so windy I was a bit worried I might be blown into the Atlantic Ocean if I wasn't careful!
My second word is booze. Specifically beer and whiskey. We visited so many breweries and distilleries and I've lost count of how many different varieties we tried. I like beer but I'm not a huge fan and I must admit that by halfway through I was getting a bit sick of the stuff. I was trying to keep local with my drinks choices, but I had to give in and branch out a bit after a while. The whiskey was good though. I think there was only one that I didn't actually like!
And then castles. So many castles! I'm a big castle fan, so that was good. I went to Blarney Castle but didn't kiss the Blarney Stone because the thought of being held onto by a complete stranger and having people stare at me while I did it was just too much. The Bunratty Castle medieval banquet was a lot of fun and definitely one of the highlights of the trip. And the various other castles were all pretty cool in their own ways.
Overall it was a good trip. But I am thinking that maybe next time I'd prefer to stay mostly in one place rather than move around quite so much. It meant we got to see a lot, but it also meant there was very little time to relax.
Oh, and we flew business class on the way back. Because it was such a short flight it wasn't as fancy as long-haul business class and didn't cost that much more than an economy ticket so we decided to go for it. And I can definitely see why people do! It makes me want to fly business every time now. If only it weren't so ridiculously expensive.