As the nearest neighbours from the east of Ireland, Wales was always the first port of call.
Either for workers, families going over to see loved ones, or later holidaymakers.
And before air travel and budget fares the Land of the Dragon was a seaport of call rather than an airport of call.
Irish Ferries and the boat to Holyhead are as familiar to travellers as the Luas tram.
It is heartbreaking to see boats carrying haulage on the big sea while us passengers are forced to stay home.
But there is light on the horizon and that is that glimmer of Wales you can see atop Bray head.
And of course we know of their Welsh sites too from visiting North Wales too.
Presthaven Beach: North Wales has some of the most unspoilt beaches around even before social distancing.
Haven are offering seven nights at a 25% discount down from €846 to €621.
Hafan y Mor: And as you can see this is packed with family fun.
What would have cost you just short of a thou for seven days (€989) is now 752.
Quay West: Billed as boasting breathtaking views of New Quay harbour and Cardigan Bay.
This €1125 package for seven days has been reduced to €868.
You’ll have the run of two-bedroom deluxe mobile homes for up to six people on dates in June.
So for a little bit of Haven then just look across the water.