I have just come back from a week in Strokestown, seeing my father in law.
I did take my scanner but never used it in Ireland but used it at the ferry ports (Dublin/Holyhead).
Obviously had a fair bit of marine/ship traffic.
I also struggled to get Strokestown frequencies, probably because there's nothing there apart from 20 bars!
Hope the weather is better for you. Non stop rain and floods the week I was there!
Bearcat 3500XLT (My 3rd one!). Watson 881. Gonna build me a Bow Tie soon.