Back home in NZ, many years later, I lived in hope of one day finding the funds to travel there. I often trolled Irish websites reading about the history of Ireland and looking at all those fabulous ‘must see places to visit’ when you ‘come to Ireland’.
But Alas, there it was destined to stay.... IRELAND..... in capitals, at the top of my ‘bucket list’. And it might have stayed there, had I not entered a competition offering the winner a trip to IRELAND. Then I started to ponder the question..... 'does anyone actually win those big competitions"? You know the ones... a new car. A trip around the world? ...... the reality that you've actually got to enter these competitions to be in to win, waved its little [green, white & orange] flag at me.
I'm not sure if this is your real name but can you please get in touch with us ASAP re the Ireland competition that you participated in recently as we may have news of great interest?
Maybe I’d won a consolation prize I thought… a Lonely Planet’s Guide to Ireland book if my memory served me right. The office was closed so I had to wait till the following morning to give Mary a call.
I dreamed that night of Mary telling me that I had actually won the trip, but knew deep down that it couldn’t be possible. Many had convinced me that I could have won, but I wasn’t about to get too excited.
The following morning....
IRELAND HERE I COME!!!