You're making me miss the trip I took in '03. Started in Belfast worked my way to Dublin then across to Shannon and around Kenmare then up to Cong. Galway was insanely packed and aside from traffic fun for the races. Maybe I should see how those old shots clean up in Lightroom...
One odd thing I thought I'd noticed. While the Guinness did taste better over there, in Dublin the only place it was better was their "factory" tour. For some reason what the pubs were serving didn't to me measure up to the rest of Ireland.