Sounds like you had a great, albeit busy, trip. You're right about the Guinness tasting better, and the friendliness of the people can sometimes be shocking when you're used to the "keep to yourself" hustle of American city living, especially when visiting rural Ireland. When I lived in England in the nineties, I used to fly to Ireland every 4-6 weeks or so for short trips to explore different regions of the country. I once arrived in Donegal, way up north, by bus, rather later in the day than I expected. I stopped in the first pub I could find to get a pint and something to eat before heading out to look for some last minute accommodation for the night. I struck up a conversation with a guy sitting next to me at the bar, who happened to have relatives who lived near where I grew up in New York City. After many more pints and a few whiskeys he told me to forget about the hotels and B&B's--he'd just call home and have his wife cook up a "proper" dinner for us and make up the guest bed. How often does cool stuff like that happen in life?
I've been dying to try the Connemara line of products and it sounds like you got a good one. Too bad you couldn't score the Green Spot but there's always next time.