Irish National Identity from a tourist’s point of view

It’s been four days since we arrived in Dublin, and it’s starting to get colder and rainy. Irish people like to talk about the weather, so I am starting to do the same in my blogs! Today’s site visit was a wonderful experience. We went to visit the largest stadium in Europe, Croke Park. The place, the employees and the tour were impressive. It was well organized, very informative and thanks to the tour itself I was able to experience the culture of Ireland. It was surprising to see that a stadium could tell so much about Irish history and traditions, and to see how passionate were employees to be working at Croke Park. This was truly a great way to connect with locals from a business perspective.

So far, I have experienced Irish National Identity even though I haven’t been here for a long period of time. Irish people are extremely proud of being Irish, of their country, traditions, food, lifestyle, local sports, food, and history. They don’t mind being part of a small island in the European continent, because the size doesn’t mean that they are less important than other large countries. In today’s tour, the tour guide didn’t mind spending more time to talk about his culture and in most of the answers to our questions he included some aspects of Irish culture. He is proud of being Irish because he strongly identifies with the local sports, and has used his job to explain others about his roots. Also, Irish people are flexible and creative in different situations. For example, in all tour visits I didn’t see the employees pressured with time and looking at their clock to make sure to keep the tour 2 hours long. People are willing to take time to welcome visitors and give recommendations about what to do in Ireland to embrace their culture. Finally, Irish people know a lot about their history. It seems that educational institutions, entertainment places and cultural sites have put the time and money to instruct others about previous historical events and how history has shaped the culture. At the stadium, children under 16 years old can go to any local game for only 5 euros. This shows the commitment of older generations to teach the younger ones about who they are and how to practice “Irish National Identity”.

By being an emigrant resident in the US, I intensely identify as a Latina minority person. I am proud of my country, Colombia, my traditions, food, culture and people. At home, we tried to make traditional Colombian dishes as often as possible and share with friends and neighbors about our country. I identify as well as a Spanish speaking person, and I am a blessed person to be native in Spanish. At home, we only speak in Spanish and at Pitt I tend to speak in Spanish to my friends who have taken language classes. Also, I am part of the Spanish club and I lead conversations in Spanish for students who want to practice it. Also, I identify with being an accounting and business student at Pitt because I am extremely thankful with my parents who gave me the opportunity to do my degree in a prestigious university in the US. Finally, I identify myself as a person who loves to travel because I put the time to apply for study abroad programs, save my earnings for abroad experiences, and my dream is to be able to work abroad. Also, I mentor international students because I can learn from them about their culture and countries, and meet people from around the world. To conclude, I identify myself as a person who values cultural diversity in my personal and professional life.

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At Croke Park Stadium

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