Personally I prefer the Irish weather, a walk in the hills. the craic and wit of a stranger in the street or pub. The smile and catching the eye of an irish girl,the rhythm of the bodhran and pulse of the Irish music and overall the general live and let be attitude in Ireland as I grew up !
If it's still there in today's 'celtic rat-race' - oops tiger, economy I'm not sure, but I'm sure it is.
Failing that - see below !
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A List of Irish scientists, engineers and inventors, people who were either born on the island of Ireland or lived and worked there for an extended period.
Vincent Barry (1908-1975), led a team that discovered a treatment for leprosy
Francis Beaufort (1774-1857), hydrographer, developed a scale for classifying wind strength
John Stewart Bell (1928-1990), atomic physicist, 'Bell's Inequalities'
John Desmond Bernal (1901-1971), X-ray crystallography
George Boole (1815-1864), inventor of Boolean algebra, the basis of all modern computer arithmetic
Robert Boyle (1627-1691), pioneer scientist, 'Boyle's Law'
Louis Brennan (1852-1932), principle of a guided missile, wire-guided torpedo
Lucien Bull (1876-1972), high speed photography, modern electrocardiogram (ECG)
Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943- ), discovered pulsars
Nicholas Callan (1799-1864), inventor of the induction coil and discoverer the principle of the dynamo (See link: http://chem.ch.huji.ac.il/~eugeniik/history/callan.html)
Aeneas Coffey (1780-1852), heat exchanger
Nicholas Comins, binaural stethoscope
William Monad Crawford, entomologist
William Dargan, railway engineer
John Boyd Dunlop, Scotsman, pneumatic tyre
Michael Everson, expert in writing systems and Unicode, born in USA
Henry George Ferguson, engineer, designer of the modern farm tractor, inventor of the three-point hitch
George Francis FitzGerald (1851-1901), theoretical physicist, 'Fitzgerald-Lorenz Contraction'
John Robert Gregg (1868-1948), Gregg shorthand system
Sir John Purser Griffith (1848-1938) Chief engineer for Dublin port and Irish Free State senator (1922-1936)
William Rowan Hamilton, quaternions; mathematical physics
John Phillip Holland (1841-1914), submarine designer
Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815), botanist
John Joly (1857-1933), photometer, colour photography
Richard Kirwan (1733-1812), meteorologist
Arthur Leared (1822-1879), binaural stethoscope
Robert Mallet (1810-1881), seismology
Sir James Martin (1893-1981), aircraft ejector seat
Alexander Mitchell (1780-1868), lighthouse and marine engineer
Sir Charles Parsons (1854-1931), English born inventor of the steam turbine
Francis Rynd (1811-1861), doctor, hypodermic needle
George Stokes (1819-1903), mathematician, physicist, 'Stokes Theorem' and Stokes-Navier Equations'
George Johnstone Stoney (1826-1911), atomic physicist, named the 'electron' and measured its charge
John Lighton Synge (1897-1995), mathematician
William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), physicist
John Tyndall (1820-1893), physicist
Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton, physicist, 1951 Nobel Prize in Physics
Mary Ward (1827-1869), microscopist
John Walker (1841-1910), principle and forerunner of the caterpillar track
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