Day 3: Irish and American education


It was an eventful day in Ireland. Today we went to the Pearse Lyons Distillery which was located in an old historic church names St. James. It was very interesting learning the ins and outs of the business. Pearse Lyons is very involved in the community and is located on a burial site that contains the remains of over one-hundred thousand people. Seeing the burial site and brewery inside of a church is something I feel I will never see again. Next, we met with Darren. He showed us around the city and gave us a detailed economic history of Ireland. Finally, we visited Google and had a tour of the Dublin campus. The site had a beautiful view and was an interesting time experiencing the Google culture.

Overall, my biggest take away was the walk we had with Darren. He was very knowledgeable and it very interesting to me learning about the rapid growth of Dublin. He showed us pictures of Dublin in the early 2000’s and the difference between now and then is very drastic. Before, there was almost nothing in the docklands, and now it seems to be one of the most established centers in Dublin. It was affected by the incoming companies that were located in Dublin. Darren began to explain the many reasons these companies decided to locate in Dublin. He describes the people of Ireland, and the high level of education the civilians. The education of the Irish is vigorous and was a perfect fit for large tech companies such as Google and Facebook.

Overall, it was very interesting to me learning the differences in  Irish and American education. In Ireland education is focused in being able to articulate your thoughts and know how to explain your knowledge. Whereas, in America education is focused on concrete answers. For me, this was very interesting insight into why Dublin is the center for Europe and the Middle East. Being able to adapt and think on the spot is something very important in the Irish educational system and it was articulated very well by Darren. Having insight into the differences in the education systems of Ireland and The United States gave me insight into the way business operated in these two countries.



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