Winter may be the least popular time of year to visit Ireland, and for good reason. It is dark and cold, especially after the glow of the holiday season fades. There’s a feeling of hibernation and tightening of budgets. Some restaurants and hotels in the countryside close for the season. It’s easy to get bored with the abundance of root vegetables. And yet, it may just be my very favorite time of year to bundle up and get on a plane to Dublin.