My excellent sister just got back from Ireland bearing a couple of gifts that brought a tear to my eye. They also nearly got me lacerated by a kitchen knife when Mrs. Grunt caught me taking them into the next room to photograph. She thought I was going to eat them all myself! She’s a smart gal to be concerned.
And incidentally, the other reason Ireland makes us look ridiculous is their pro-business policy, which has resulted in a ton of American business relocating there over the last few decades, keeping them employed and us impoverished, through self-inflicted stupidity.