Ireland... My gateway to loving Ireland was its music - so in 1989 I went for my first visit (only a few days - Dublin and Galway, IIRC); back again in 1993 for a couple of weeks; and then in 2003 my husband and I had our three-years-late six-day honeymoon in the West of Ireland (he's 1/4 Irish but thinks of himself as Irish, period, but had never been there - I meanwhile am not at all Irish but have been wearing a Claddagh ring since 1989 as a talisman to assure myself I'll always have a chance to go back! ).
DH and I were there just about this time of year four years ago - and yes, we were freezing cold (and I was sure we were going to get blown off the Cliffs of Moher)! But it's far less touristy out of season, and cheaper.
The only thing that got to me was driving on those twisty narrow roads - I actually don't drive stick so it was the friend I traveled with in 1993, and DH in 2003, that did the driving, but I was still terrified, between being on the "wrong" :teehee: side of the road and being on narrow roads you couldn't see ahead on. And don't get me started on the roundabouts...! :shock: