remember having a few good cups of coffee in Cork, at the B&B I stayed at. Irish breakfasts are very good (but you can keep the black pudding, thank you). If I could survive only on Irish breakfasts...oh! And real
fish 'n' chips! I just can't remember the name of the chipper in Dublin I was fortunate enough to find. Even some of the Irish pubs I've been to in New Haven can't make fish 'n' chips properly (I get so disappointed when they bring out something that looks like it'd been frozen with a fried batter and french fries!). Anyway...!
(now I'm wishing I had a nice packet of fish 'n' chips...)
I don't know about driving over there...luckily for me, the cities are all small enough that you can walk around the entire city in a small amount of time. I loved watching the cities "wake up". But as I said, I'd have enough confidence in the public transportation system over there to get me where ever I'd need to be. I just think I'd probably get claustrophobic if I tried driving on their roads. Besides - it was quite nice letting the bus driver concentrate on the road and the traffic while I gazed out the window at the rolling green fields (hang on - I'm getting misty-eyed!).
How Irish am I? Well...I dunno, really. I'd just done an ethnic-DNA test with Ancestry.com (since I'm working on my family tree). They say these results can go back a thousand years or so. I've found ancestors who've come from Ireland, but the DNA results say that I've got DNA that's 45% from the British Isles. I've always felt an affinity towards Ireland (and I'd dreamt about going there since I was very small) (never really thought about going to England, actually). Raised in the Irish Catholic tradition (no meat on Fridays, etc) was a strong push towards the "Irishness" I proudly feel. So, you're more "Irish" than I am - but I'm ok with it. Not only that - but I do remember, as a child, being visited by the wee people. They were quite little.
And cathy...yes, you have to go to Ireland. Yes you do. And as you might have guessed by now, I would whole-heartedly recommend visiting Galway. If I ever hit it big on the Lottery, that's where I'll be. I'll be the guy looking like he'd woken up in Heaven.