Identifying with Croke Park

Today was the first of our trip where we experienced true Dublin weather.  I think we’ve been really lucky the past few days with all the sunshine, but we finally met with the wind and rain.  We started out at the Garden of Remembrance which is a memorial garden in Dublin dedicated to the memory of “all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom.”  It was an enjoyable stop on the walk to Croke Park which is where our site visit was for the day.  We also spent some time at the Garden listening to Darren discuss Gaelic football and Hurling along with some of the culture surrounding the sports and the stadium.

After the past 4 days in Ireland, I’ve noticed that the Irish are extremely proud, passionate, lighthearted, sarcastic, flexible and traditional.  Out of these traits, I think that being proud and passionate is the level at which the locals seem to be the most intense.  It is obvious that they are willing to engage with the culture, commit time to the culture and spend money as well.  It’s questionable about whether or not they would risk their freedom or life for it, but I think that just depends on the individual.

When it comes to a more personal level, I identify myself as the following:

  • Youngest Child
  • Daughter
  • Sister
  • Granddaughter
  • Pittsburgher
  • Musician
  • Pitt Band Member
  • Supply Chain Management and BIS Major
  • Pitt Student
  • Brunette
  • Dog lover
  • Sports Fan
  • Soccer Player
  • Amateur Traveler
  • Chocoholic

Of these, I feel most intense about being a musician/Pitt band member and also about being a Supply Chain Management and BIS major.  As for being a musician, I know that I would engage with the community, commit my time to the band, and spend money in order to be a part of the organization.  The same intensity levels apply to being a Supply Chain Management and BIS major obviously being i’m spending large quantities of time and money at Pitt to follow through with my passions and start a career.

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