Goodwill on Credit, Travels in Ireland by Gerry Britt – Book Review

Gerry Britt goodwill on credit coverThere are approximately 50 million Americans who claim Irish heritage. Even the current President of the US, Barack Obama has Irish ancestors.
One such citizen Gerry Britt, a native of New York City, traced his roots back to Upperchurch and Drombane in Co. Tipperary. Since then he has visited Ireland on several occasions since 2007 and has travelled around a lot of the country.Gerry has decided to chronicle some of his adventures around Ireland with a collection of humorous and insightful stories in a new book entitled ‘Goodwill on Credit, Travels in Ireland’.
While it doesn’t proclaim to be a tourist guide book it does contain some useful travel tips. The book mostly contains stories and tales about the places he visited and the people he met. We get a humorous insight into how Irish people and customs are seen from an ‘outsider’s’ point of view. Small things that we take for granted and accept as the norm, such as timekeeping and even the art of conversation.
These insights aren’t gleaned from infrequent interactions with the natives between tour bus pit stops, but more quality time spent getting to know people and not being subject to timetables and packed schedules.

Gerry Britt

Gerry practising pulling pints

There are even some emotional parts in the book, such as first visiting the ancestral home, and you can tell from reading it that when Gerry visits Ireland, he does truly believe he is ‘coming home’. No doubt the welcome he gets from the World’s friendliest people and his own ability to engage in banter and a bit of slagging plays a significant part.
The best takeaway from the book for any potential tourists planning to visit Ireland is Gerry‘s own version of ‘how to win friends and influence people’, which I won’t reveal here, you’ll have to buy the book to find that out. Trust me it will be money well spent! ‘Goodwill on Credit’ is a lovely lighthearted read suitable for tourists and natives alike. This is Gerry‘s first book and, as I’m sure he won’t mind me saying, ‘it’s not bad for a Yank’ 🙂
Goodwill on Credit is available to buy on the website and on Amazon.


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