I recently done a split batch Citra smash with verdant vs us05 and personally preferred us05. I felt the hops shone through a lot more, it tasted fresher and juicier, it cleared up better. It's my third time using verdant and I don't really rate it tbh.
Welcome to the NHC. I also advise joining the discord, It's getting busier by the day.
As mentioned by TheSumOfAllBeers, you could join the Limerick/Tipp/Clare brewers. We plan to meet in Limerick City when it is possible to do so. There is also an active Whatsapp group with people of all experiences if you would like to join us.