Okay, while the picture below isn’t exactly the prettiest or the cutest I’ve ever chosen, it appears that these are the type of photos and images that people are come to Ireland to see or is it?
According to the newly updated guidebook for Ireland from Lonely Planet has been launched and there are some familiar themes. The 10th edition of the travel guidebook refers to the country’s economic woes but notes that the two decades since 1990 have transformed our nation ‘immeasurably’. “The two decades since 1990 have transformed the country immeasurably, with prosperity, modernity and multiculturalism helping shift traditional attitudes and social mores,” the book notes.
Drink and the pub do of course get a mention and Lonely Planet notes that there is ‘no sign of letting up’ when it comes to ‘the country’s most popular social pastime’.
The pub heads the authors’ list of the 21 top things to see and do in Ireland.
From this newly updated guide it would appear that our best pastime is drinking and tourists do indeed come to see the traditional Irish pub. Although I would imagine that there may be a few nice scenic pictures taken on the way to the pub, tourists it appears will be more likely to be leaving with pictures from inside the pubs!
So it’s Sláinte from me!