I think it’s fair to say almost every Irish person feels some sort of affinity with the west of Ireland. Whether you’re from Galway, your granny lives in Mayo, your college friends are from Roscommon or Leitrim you used to holiday in Sligo, most people foster some Connacht connection.

So what attracts people to the west? I suppose it has to be its rugged beauty and in a way almost seeming like the epicentre of Irishness. Accents are more guttural, Guinness is creamier and the craic is (well used to be…) mightier. Although things are uncertain once again with COVID-19, travel is not restricted. And it may benefit some who are able, either for a daytrip or an overnight stay, to take a break.