I am a 64 year old Englishman who has long found Irish railways fascinating because of both their similarity to and difference from the railways in the UK. Save for the fact that my younger son's father-in-law came from Dundalk, I have no connections with Ireland whatsoever. I do, however, have the same birthday as the republic. That's probably where my interest comes from!
Wychavon (South Worcestershire)
Railways (full size and model), cats (Siamese and Bengal), American oval racing, Sunderland AFC