Don’t worry, be happy is the prevailing wisdom of Ireland in summer.Getty Images/iStockphoto

We all spend time in Ireland in the summer.

Here’s some of the best reasons why it edges out the United States.

1. All the men wearing sandals and socks

Wait I’m not sure that’s a plus.

Ladies?

2. Ice cream 99s (soft vanilla ice cream with a Cadbury’s flake)



My last meal if I am ever to be executed.

3. Empty beaches



It is such a surprise when the weather is good that few people are used to going. Lots of big sandies to yourself.

4. No mosquitos



Ireland is still too cold for the pesky Anopheles quadrimaculatus (that’s Latin for skeeter). Just as well as Irish white skin a mosquito favorite.

5. Big GAA games



Hurling and football make baseball look as exciting as cricket. UGH!

6. Much longer days in Ireland

It’s still bright at 11pm.

7. Rain



And there’s lots of it to cool you down.

As the joke goes, it rained twice when I was in Ireland for a week, once for three days and once for four.

8. Nobody really works in August

All very European while Americans work too hard.

9. The Northern Lights




Okay so maybe they are mostly visible in winter but every so often in remotest Donegal you see them.

10. The pubs



The craic is ninety “and the livin’ is easy.”