However, the stories that Ireland projects, complete with vibrant tableaus of verdant fields, towering giants and rainbows that end in pots of gold, remain resolutely intact, inspiring so many travellers to make their own journey to the Emerald Isle. Compelled by the verse of Nobel Prize-winning poet W.B. Yeats, who described his native country as “the land of heart’s desire”, writer Delilah Khomo embarked on something of a literary pilgrimage to Sligo, on the southwest coast. After a weekend of horseback riding, roaring fires and bathing in seaweed (“the closest I’d ever get to life as a mermaid”) she found no need to tear the stories apart, the land was every bit as magical as she’d hoped.
Powerful tales have been the driving force behind our travels in this issue. Like a trail of breadcrumbs they have led us to the doors of destinations, and we hope that we’ve left our own stories scattered along our many and various paths.