A Grand Circle Tour through Ireland reveals a land of great contrast. The quaint stone walls across the countryside partition an almost uninhabitable and barren region along the west coast which gradually turns into a lush, green and fertile farmland as one travels east. Several counties in the north still “belong” to the Brittish, and use the pound for currency, while most counties are independent of the Brittish and use the Euro. A few areas in the west still speak Irish, a language which bears no relationship to English, and requires that road signs display both Irish and English. The Irish affinity for drinking was on display with the first picture below of an engagement party for the ceremony still three months away. Of the seven blokes celebrating, the engaged one in the middle was barely able to sit upright on his stool at noon. Let the party begin!