The New York Times reported yesterday that curling is experiencing a massive interest thanks to the t.v. coverage of the games in Turin. I'm sure a lot of that is just flash-in-the-pan type interest, but I can see the appeal too.
When I was learning to drive, I turned in at our local curling club to make a U-Turn. I was in a hurry to get right out of there because I had no idea what went on in that building and was afraid someone I know would see me coming out. I can't remember what I imagined, but ice, stones and brooms wasn't it.
I don't think there's anywhere to curl in Ireland, but it seems there is an Irish Curling Association.