I lived in Ireland for about 8½ years in two stints during the first decade of the 21st century.
In early summer 2001 I had lost my job in Seville, Spain. I was running out of money, and had moved out of my apartment. Staying with an ex-housemate, I met an Irishman who didn't have any money either and we talked a lot.
I had gone to Seville on a whim, anyhow, leaving Amsterdam where I'd gone by default. Calvin didn't encourage me to go to Ireland, but our conversations led me to an obvious conclusion and I went to Dublin.
In Dublin from June until late August, I then passed through Galway for a couple of weeks before traveling to Kilkenny in September. There, I got a job (and a tax number) and met friends.
I was in the Republic until May of 2011 except for a year-and-a-half.
In August of 2003 I went to Nijmegen the Netherlands to be with a Dutch girl I'd met in County Kerry. In January of 2005, I returned to Ireland and Kilkenny.
I was in Cork city from June 2009 until August 2010, at which time I returned to Kilkenny, where I stayed until I returned to the States.