7. The Lost Art of Waving
The rural Irish are wavers – it’s amusing, very endearing and very beautiful to experience. My persistent insistence on unearthing virgin, non-touristy villages and towns, took us deep into rural country all throughout western Ireland. As we cruised on roads with grass growing between the tire tracks and broad enough to accommodate only one vehicle at a time, every human we crossed waved at us with genuine delight. Somehow, the image of a tiny old woman struggling to walk with her walking stick and the transformation she underwent on seeing our car, causing her entire face to light up and her arm to wave frantically, was amongst the most memorable sights from my journey.
8. Family Owned Business
Irish pubs are largely family businesses – it’s amusing, but so many of them Irish pubs are run by Ma, Pa, Son, Daughter and whoever else in the family they can get their hands upon.In many cases, even the husbands of daughters and their children happily take up jobs on the pub and run it ‘in-house’. I was fortunate enough to make friends with one such family and get a first hand account on the history of a pub that had been the cornerstone of the whole town for more than a century.