Magical musing on a flying May visit to my homeland – from Dublin city, to Galway and on to Shannon.

Red hair

It's true folks love red hair!

It's true folks love red hair!

Foreign waitresses and bar staff who dye their hair red. “We get better tips if they think we’re Irish” one told me.

Donald Trump

The Irish just can't wait to talk about Trump.

The Irish just can't wait to talk about Trump.

Everyone wants to talk about Donald Trump from the taxi driver to the college president. Good, bad or indifferent, he’s the main man.

Australians

In Ireland I met a dozen of them, older folk suddenly attracted to Ireland. One couple told me it’s because they got to know so many Irish-born folk Down Under.

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Celtic Phoenix?

Is the boom back? Ireland's certainly looking well!

Is the boom back? Ireland's certainly looking well!

The Celtic Tiger is back. Money is a plenty once again and home prices are skyrocketing. A million bucks gets you just a decent house in south Dublin.

Shannon Airport

What an absolute pleasure Shannon Airport is!

What an absolute pleasure Shannon Airport is!

I love Shannon Airport. Check in, immigration, and customs were a breeze with short lines and friendly staff. I was through the whole process in 20 minutes. Dublin could learn a thing or two.

The youth!

Everyone is getting younger, or perhaps I’m getting older. A stroll through Eyre Square in Galway reveals as Yeats said “The young in one another’s arms” A country for young men -- and women too.

Love of Ed

The Irish are Ed Sheeran mad right now.

The Irish are Ed Sheeran mad right now.

Ed Sheeran far more popular than The Rolling Stones. Ireland’s adopted chief troubadour sells out his Irish concerts easily. The Stones struggle to fill Croke Park. It’s hard to be a rebel in depends.

Cheers

What could be nicer than a pint of Guinness on a sunny day in Galway? Not much!

What could be nicer than a pint of Guinness on a sunny day in Galway? Not much!

A great pint of Guinness, always.

Magical May

There's nothing quite as magic as sunny day in Ireland.

There's nothing quite as magic as sunny day in Ireland.

May a great month to visit, before the tourist storm, bright until 10.3 pm, summer on the way, the year still young. What’s not to like?

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Sth Anne's Street, Dublin: A sunny day in May! Where else would you be.iStock