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As of 2017, we've visited 21 or 22 times -- depending on how you count our month-long, Oct 2012 trip which was 'broken' by a brief sojourn to Paris, Bruges and Brussels. Always self-drive. Not Irish at all, but my wife's father had five living First Cousins on our first visit in 1999. They are sadly ALL gone, now, but we are very close to many of their children. Love Irish history and I am fascinated by Irish Round Towers. I've visited all but 3 and they are ''On My List'
I participate on a number of travel forums, usually under the screen name of Italian Chauffeur (and various mis-spellings!), was recently designated as a TripAdvisor Destination Expert for Ireland -- and I act as Moderator for Michele Erdvigs Ireland Yes Forum on http://www.IrelandYes.com
Everyone needs a hobby, I guess!