We traveled to Ireland in September of 2016. We spent our time in the southwest part of the country from the Ring of Kerry north to Clifton. This is an area with a rugged coast and is known as The Wild Atlantic Way. In the space of a couple of hundred miles you go from rich lush farming country to The Burren which is an area so rough and rocky it would be impossible to clear. The one thing we found consistent was the people were very friendly and welcoming.
When touring Ireland the first thing you notice is that people are driving on the wrong (for us) side of the road. The next thing you notice is that there are a lot of shades of green. There are seldom shoulders on the road - there is generally a rock wall inches from the edge of the road. This makes pulling over to take a photograph challenging. Stopping for a photo often meant stopping traffic so when we did stop I had to move fast.
One of things I found fascinating was the juxtaposition of the new with the old. Buildings hundreds of years old next to modern office buildings. Thousand year old castles which offered falconry, riding and archery along with WIFI. When touring you need to keep a watchful eye as you never know what is coming just ahead.
Early on I noticed that there are sheep everywhere in Ireland. There are also a lot of cattle - both dairy and beef. Horses and donkeys are also quite common. Wild animals we saw included red deer (we call them Elk) and wild goats.
The last stop on our trip was Dromoland Castle. This thousand year old castle is on a large estate which includes a lake, a golf course and miles of walking trails through wooded areas. While we were there we took a walk with their falconer and Darcy, one of their Harris hawks.