Alas, I have no advice on coffee in Ireland, but would like to convey the
following story in the interest of enlightened travel:
While doing "The Europe Thing" in 1997, a friend of mine did a little solo
hiking in the Wicklows. He reported that one day, as he was trotting along a
ridge, he looked down into a little valley and noticed that several
ultra-friendly folks were waving and calling to him with what he thought at
the time, to be "excessive enthusiasm." They were too far away for him to
make out what they were saying, but being a friendly type of fellow, he
waved back and went along his merry way.
Later that evening at the pub, his drinking buddy (a local with whom he had
knocked back more than a few pints over the previous few days) told him
that, in all likelihood, those "ultra-friendly" people were trying to warn
him of the land mines which were known to be in the particular area where he
was hiking. The local guy offered the following advice to my buddy: "If
ANYBODY asks you, you're Roman Catholic!" To which my friend replied, "Yeah,
but..." "YOU'RE ROMAN CATHOLIC!!!" came the abrupt response from the
Dubliner. Word to the wise I suspect.
While it is possible that the local guy may have been "messing with the
American" for a few laughs, my friend had hung out with this dude for a few
days, so this seems somewhat less likely to me. Perhaps the prudent course
would be to ask someone trustworthy when you get over there whether there
are places into which one should not venture.
~TO in VA
On 6/21/06, Heat + Beans --all the rest is commentary <