I've been back a few times over those years. I left a county wicklow unconnected to the airport with continuous motorway. A country that seemed full of potential and dynamism and optimism. On returning the changes seemed to be lots of shiny new motorways, more shopping centres, more elaborate weddings, lots of expensive cars, even more absurdly priced food, lots of decking and outdoor heaters and an eye-popping increase in the number of immigrants visible everywhere. I haven't been back since "the collapse" but the news seems to be unrelentingly grim.
I know there are other threads talkign about the "celtic tiger" etc. but what do you think are the most noteworthy changes (across the Irish milleu; not just the economy) I would do well to be aware of should I return tomorrow?
Given we're back to 2003 (?) levels of income and prosperity is the Ireland of today still better than the Ireland at the turn of 2000? But economics aside, what is the most striking difference between the Ireland I left and the one I'd find today?