As an Irish American, I grew up thinking that I knew certain things about Ireland. Of course, I had always heard how beautiful it was and how friendly the people were, but I was surprised to discover that there are so many things that as Americans we don't really know about Ireland.
To say that the Irish are heavy drinkers, is not a fair reflection of the culture
Having said that, there is a very healthy respect for the black stuff
Taxi drivers are more like professional tour operators