Irish Honesty

Irish Honesty

Just yesterday a postman ringed the bell and brought me a large yellow envelope from Ireland. There was a map inside and two lovely sea shells. And it’s all because people in Ireland are honest.

A month ago I went to the Aran Islands and saw this beautiful detailed map of all three islands with a short guidebook. It was like a perfect gift for my Dad as he loves maps of all kinds. Naturally I wished to buy it but unfortunately all maps run out. There was no more maps in Tourist Information Centre nor elsewhere on the island. Irish people will always find a way to resolve such issues.

Gearoid from Man of Aran Craft

Gearoid from Man of Aran Craft

Colette from Information Centre advised to go to the local internet cafe- a place called Man of Aran Crafts where the owner- Gearoid- should have some maps left. Well, he didn’t but we came up with a very nice idea to have the map sent to my home address when it arrives. So, I left the money to Gearoid, bought the envelop and a stamp and left everything to him.

St. James Shell

St. James Shell

And just yesterday the map arrived. The shells were a lovely surprise and so I can not only give the map to my Dad but also a shell to my friend who has just returned from St. James Way. See? People are still honest and friendly. I just love these travel experiences that build your faith in good. So, if you ever go to Inishmore enter this little shop next to the main crossroads and just say hello to Gearoid. He’ll be very pleased. Oh, yes, and he makes an excellent coffee.

Interested to hear the whole story? It starts here.

Map, guidebook and shells

Map, guidebook and shells

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I get easily fascinated with people and places. I am passionately curious. I get often seduced with the beauty of nature. Blue sky, pure water, white snow and endless horizon seams to be enough to make me happy.

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  • Dayana Friesen

    Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a great article’ but what can I say’ I put things off a lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

  • MountainSeaJazz

    Yeah! Gearoid you are still there! See you in about 3 years….post retirement…..Aran Islands….so wonderful….Paula Fitzgerald Yoon

    • Isn’t that wonderful that some things simply don’t change?