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Finally. We have been talking about taking an Irish road trip for years now, always having it just narrowly lose out to places deemed more exotic (Vietnam), cheaper (Guatemala), more Incan (Peru) or less prone to constant rain (everywhere except Vancouver or a Twilight movie). Despite the long delay, Ireland has always had all sorts of characteristics drawing us their way: A particularly endearing accent (think “educated Newfie”). World famous hiking and scenery. A mysterious infatuation with the colour green. A reputation for extreme alcohol consumption (making Ireland one of the major inspirations in my life, along with sports betting and scotch-guarded couch cushions). Lofty status as the original birthplace of my ancestors. The Johnstons made their way west from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, while the McFadzens originally hailed from Tipperary before coming to Canada, with an unscheduled stay in Scotland after being “banished” from Ireland, based on the McFadzens that…

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