A beautiful country with amazing scenery from County Antrim to Cork is perhaps one of the most impressive things about Ireland. Certainly the forty shades of green are without doubt spectacular and when driving thoroughly remarkable.
Many clean beaches and a countryside second to none make Ireland one of the cleanest countries I have had the pleasure of visiting.
The Town’s and Villages throughout the south of the country retain much of their rustic charm and there is usually a very welcoming atmosphere from the locals to those who are touring the areas.
Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case in the North of Ireland as through my own experience there is much suspicion of everyone throughout this area and most prominent in the smaller towns where the welcoming of ‘outsiders’ leaves very much to be desired. Yes the politics of this region ensures that people not belonging to or coming from a particular town or village are seen as a threat to the so called harmony that is perceived to exist in the North. In reality having lived there for quite some time I know very different and the ongoing bigotry and hate for ones own people leaves much to be desired.
It is sad to know that the old thoughts and traditions still exist to such a high degree and I am talking about both sides of the sectarian divide as quite simply one side is as bad as the other as far as I am concerned. I could write a book on the subject of bigotry alone having being a victim myself but I believe it’s sufficient to say that I am not alone with these thoughts and thankfully there are many more good and non bigoted people living in the North than there are the opposite. This gives me hope to the extent that someday I will perhaps return to live there as without the sectarianism and hate it is very likely to be one of the best places to live that I know of.