At the end of 2008, I was alerted by a friend to a $230 round trip fare to Heathrow. I immediately snapped it up - first thinking of going somewhere for my 50th birthday (beginning of April.) The flight wasn't available that week, so I started backing up and found a flight for the week of St. Patrick's Day. Since I hadn't been to Ireland, I decided that was the place to go. It was just a short flight from Heathrow to Dublin