Today has been our most exciting (and definitely most exhausting!) day in Ireland. We visited the Pearse Lyons Distillery, saw The Liberties, rode the Dart, ate a great salad, saw the Dublin Docklands, and went on a Google site visit.
All in all, I know by the end of the program we will regard today as one of the highlights of the trip. Perhaps the most memorable event of the day was the Pearse Lyons Distillery tour, which went completely against my expectations. As one of the group leaders for this visit, we did some research on the distillery beforehand. My understanding was that Pearse Lyons, founder and CEO of AllTech, decided to open a distillery out of personal desire and because he had the money to do so. I had no idea there was such an extensive family history behind the church, graveyard, and the whiskey industry; I am no history fan, but I found the historical aspect of the Saint James Way and the Pearse Lyons Distillery to be the most fascinating part of the tour.
The tour guide kept the group’s attention with interesting stories about grave robbing, the history of distilling, and even by letting us smell different types of whiskey.
I’ll give an honorable mention to the folks at Google for guiding a relaxed and informative tour. We were excited to see the Headquarters for Google in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; their workplace is state of the art with numerous unique amenities such as exercise facilities, infused water, and yoga classes. Cheers to them for making us feel qualified to work there.
P.S. Here’s that salad I mentioned–