I've been to Ireland 3 times. Twice with family, once for business. On the business trip, to Belfast, I was detained by men (with guns!) I was traveling on a brand new passport so clearly I was a terrorist.
This happened pre 911 ~ before US airports started behaving like prison guards ~ and I was terrified.
But that wasn't nearly as scary as my 1st trip to Ireland, when I was traveling with my (crazy as a loon!) older sister. 'Nuff said about that.
Happy St. Patrick's Day.