Why do I love Ireland?
First of all, both of my maternal grand- parents were born there. One in county Leitrim in a town called Mohill and the other in county Armagh in a town called Newry. They both came to America and found themselves in Denver Colorado.
And the rest is history. I have actually been through Newry (It’s lovely!) and have been close to Leitrim. As a young caddy told me: There are a lot of cooows there. The first time I landed in Ireland, I felt a rush, returning to my roots. It was quite an experience.
Second, the Irish are friendly and funny. (just like me!) Having been to Ireland four times, I can tell you that it is one of the friendliest place on earth (with Scot- land giving it a run for the top spot). All we had to do is mention that we were priests and the Jameson and the stories flowed freely. I have such warm memo- ries of my journeys there.
Third, it has an amazing history. There is a great book about how the Irish saved civilization, and that is not an exaggeration. There have been moments of in- tense struggle, especially through the po- tato famine (which was, in part, man- made!). There have been moments of sadness. But through it all, the Irish en- dured and even thrived.
That is a heritage that I revel in.
Fourth, it has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Go google, the Cliffs of Moher and you will see one of the most stunning places on earth. Everything in Ireland was green and lush. I also liked turning the corner and seeing the ruins of some old castle just sitting there. Even their rubble has its charm.
Fifth, the golf is outstanding. Go google Old Head Golf Links and see for yourself. There is a reason I have been there four times and can’t wait for the next. My favorite course is Lahinch, with quirky holes and goats on the course. I have played all of the top courses there, and the memories are sweet.
I could go on and on about my Irish heritage and the things you can “consume” in Ireland, but let me just say that Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day, I will proudly be wearing green and will be thanking God that I have Irish blood coursing through my veins.
Erin Go Braugh!