St. Patrick’s Day Contest Entry: A Retirement Prospect

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Ireland! Ireland! Oh bring me to Ireland!
The land of the green
The prettiest ever seen
Everyone loves the land of Eire!

Ireland! Ireland! Oh bring me to Ireland!
The land of the beer
Pour the Guinness o’er here
Everyone loves the land of Eire!

Ireland! Ireland! Oh bring me to Ireland!
The land of the rain
Just enough to keep one sane
Everyone loves the land of Eire!

Ireland! Ireland! Oh bring me to Ireland!
The land of the River Shannon
Pretty enough to inspire a canon
Everyone loves the land of Eire!

Ireland! Ireland! Oh bring me to Ireland!
The land of the ancient Celt
Its beauty can make any heart melt
Everyone loves the land of Eire!

Ireland! Ireland! Oh bring me to Ireland!
The land of lichens and mosses
And plenty of churches and crosses
Everyone loves the land of Eire!

Ireland! Ireland! Oh bring me to Ireland!
The land of ancient castles
For Ireland I would be its vassal
Everyone loves the land of Eire!

Ireland! Ireland! Oh bring me to Ireland!
The land of the Irish dancers
Stiff-armed but fun-loving prancers
Everyone loves the land of Eire!

Ireland! Ireland! Oh bring me to Ireland!
It’s calm beauty enough to wax poetic
Its loveliness is not just cosmetic
Everyone loves the land of Eire!

Ireland! Ireland! Oh bring me to Ireland!
The land of the redhead
Nothing more to be said
Everyone loves the land of Eire!

Ireland! Ireland! Oh please bring me to Ireland!
I love the land of Eire!

Yes, my wife and I would love to go to Ireland. In fact, we’d love to retire there, even though we’ve never been, and in fact, we don’t have any demonstrable Irish blood. We are, however, from Oregon, a part of the U.S. that’s perhaps more similar to Ireland than any other state: We get plenty of rain, the people are friendly, we’re typically pretty open-minded, and we have more beer microbreweries than anyplace else in the U.S.

Our fascination with traveling and retiring to Ireland grew from our dreams of taking an extended vacation around Europe. While we are only in our fifties, we also have dreamed of retiring early, something made difficult in the US due to the lack of a national health care program and the high cost of living. We researched what it might be like to drive around much of Europe – but the costs and logistics proved daunting.

But all along, Ireland beckoned. When I first mentioned the country to my wife after looking over most of Europe, her eyes lit up like a wide-eyed leprechaun. There’s something about the calm, the green, and the friendliness, she’s always had a “thing” for Ireland. The suitability for retirement is interesting! Our research revealed that there are few natural disasters in Ireland, and that it historically has been politically neutral (not Northern Ireland of course), and that the most fearsome animal you might encounter is the cow. Or deer. Or cat. That’s about it. No snakes. No poisonous spiders. And a temperate, peaceful climate. With a reasonable cost of living, especially outside of Dublin, what a place to retire!

We looked at the cost of living. Houses so cheap compared to here! I’ve threatened to buy a small castle to live in, something that doesn’t pass muster with my wife. But we can buy one for less than our house here is worth, and it’s not worth all that much!

I realize there are too many entries to read them all, and that you have no idea whether we’d be more deserving than any other. But our gratitude would know no bounds – and I promise, if elected, I will publish no more cheesy poems about Ireland.


Ireland’s charm among those looking to retire remains as strong as ever. The whole nation – but particularly the countryside – takes a small-town approach to life, which resonates with those looking to settle down. Something about the adorable Ireland Cottages dotted sparsely throughout the rolling green hills is pure, relaxing, and enchanting – and of course, if you still want to experience Ireland Castles from now and then there’s plenty to stay in!

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