Would It Have Kilt You To Come With Me to Scotland?

Our two weeks in Ireland are over, and the majority of the group left for the States. I am staying and continuing my overseas education by exploring Edinburgh, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Yesterday, I got a firsthand look at Aer Lingus’ customer service branch and the stress of working in the operations sector of an…

Presenting Your Plane Ticket: Ireland Coming to a Close

Public speaking: it is considered one of the most common phobias. Three out of four individuals suffer from a phobia of public speaking. On average, those unable to present or speak in public have a salary of 10% less. This is a tremendous difference. As business students we are looking to market ourselves. It is…

Booking My Flight for 2021

After two weeks in Ireland, I feel I know the country fairly well. Especially the city of Dublin and the enterprises located here. The current economic environment involves a high real estate demand and a lack of buildings to accommodate. The result is expensive, competitive pricing for office space and housing. The suburbs of Dublin…

Herd the Wicklow Mountains Were Pretty Cool

Hey everyone! With just a few days left for the group in Ireland, we are making the most of our time. Just today we went on our second day trip. This time, we traveled to Kilkenny and the Wicklow Mountains. Both were such beautiful experiences. Kilkenny is a small town with an older population. It…

Get Your Head Out of the Clouds: Sustainable Business

What a day! With two site visits –FoodCloud and Enterprise Ireland (no, not the car company) — we are officially done visiting businesses for the Ireland trip. Bittersweet, yes. However, we ended on a very positive note with two interesting and drastically different site visits. FoodCloud is a nonprofit organization created in 2012 with the…

AWS: Acquiring the World Stealthily

Yesterday, Ashley, Connor, and I took the lead on a site visit to Amazon. The majority of the site visit focused on Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS is an Amazon subsidiary that focuses on providing on-demand cloud computing services and data infrastructure to companies. Their customer base includes Airbnb, Zillow, and NYSE. When Steven McGoyer,…

Harp-ing on the Fact We Have One Week Left

One of the biggest companies in Ireland is Guinness. Their symbol, the harp, is a national treasure. Everywhere I turn, I see Guinness: local pubs, billboards, and even a bridge shaped like the harp. Even on our tour to Pearse Lyons Distillery, the guide took a moment to point out the view of the Guinness…

Serving the Best Irish Food Marketing Since 1994

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit a wonderful organization called Bord Bia. If you aren’t from Ireland, odds are you have never heard of this company. Let me give you a hint: the Gaelic to English translation is “The Irish Food Court”. Bord Bia was founded in 1994. It is a semi-state organization with…

Don’t Worry, No Cliff Hangers Here Brad

Taking a step back from our typical business site visits, our group took a trip to the Cliffs of Moher today. If you aren’t familiar, it is a natural cliff and a major tourist attraction in Ireland. Located on the west coast of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are a hike away from Dublin. Ireland…

Irish I Was Daingean (Strong)

After a few fast and furious days in Ireland, our group took a breath and reflected on what we have learned. After collecting our thoughts about each site visit and tour experience, we realized that in less than a week, we have learned a tremendous amount about Irish culture and going abroad. I think that…

One Day I’ll Know…

“And when that voice starts to whisper Moana, you’ve come so far Moana, listen Do you know who you are?” Identity. It’s something we all struggle with at some point. Moana’s realization and acceptance of her individuality was a turning point in the film. Viewers are filled with excitement and joy for her. The audience…

Darren on the Rocks

A distillery tour, a full economic education, and a visit to my dream job campus: today went by in a flash. As a group, we did a site visit to Pearse Lyon and Google. Both were incredibly enriching experiences and completely different. However, when it comes to the most memorable experience of the day, Darren…

Reflecting on the Past: USA

Today Dr. Sylvie Kleinman, alumna of Trinity College, gave a tour to twenty two unknowledgeable Americans. On this tour, she explained how the Irish people experience deep discomfort when discussing their history. The topic is typically avoided by Irish citizens at all costs. Subjects of conversation Irish people avoid include the harsh attitudes towards Catholics…

First Day Down: Ireland

The last 24 hours have been a whirlwind. Our program started in America with a group dinner at Claddagh and was followed by a night’s stay in towers, a day full of travel, and arriving in Ireland. We had our first full day in Ireland and the country is as beautiful as I anticipated, albeit…

Almost Takeoff: Ireland

Dia dhuit everyone! My name is Ally Kiely and I am a rising senior at the University of Pittsburgh. I am participating in the Ireland Plus 3 Transfer program. I chose this program in order to meet more people, understand the innerworkings of economic systems abroad, and interact with various businesses. I am fairly well-traveled,…

Meet Plus3 Transfer Ireland 2018!

Welcome to the Ireland Plus3 Transfer Study Abroad Program! During their two week program in Dublin, Ireland, students will explore globalization through the Technology and Innovation industries. Plus3 Transfer participants will have the chance to be immersed in Irish culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus3 Transfer program features visits to…