GEOFF WALLIS, co-author of The Rough Guide to Ireland, lists things he hates about Ireland. He finds two things to despise about Tipperary that resonate soundly with me: inconsiderate parking and shallow heritage centres.
"Tipperary farmers in flat caps who have no hesitation in boxing in your parked car while they just pop into the butcher's for five minutes which extends into 30 as they discuss the appallingly low levels of subsidies for egg, butter, and cheese.
"The Bru Boru Centre in Cashel ... recounts far less about Ireland's traditions than you'd previously imagined was possible."
Extracted from "50 Things to Hate About Ireland" in the Sunday Tribune, May 21, 2006.