Jacques, welcome to this corner of a foreign field...
When you say Irish, is that northern, southern... or do you live in England ? I'm English myself, from London... though like most British people I have roots elsewhere, some in Wales. Now I live in France and have done so for yonks! (=31 years in this case)
I've been to Ireland, mostly the north though briefly to the Republic too. Great place. That's where I developed a taste for Guinness!
I'm not often on the forum... too busy most of the time. But I'll see you around.