There’s an interesting article at the IHT website about how much Ireland has changed. Most of the article focuses on Galway, but having been to Ireland in 1997, 1998, 2004 and 2007, I would agree that many changes have happened over those 10 years, and many are not great. The so-called Celtic Tiger has made the economy tale off, but at what price! So many trucks on the roads coming through small towns, very high prices for food, meals, pints, etc. Much of the small town flavor of the countryside is gone too, and driving in and around Dublin is crazy.