I love Ireland, and Ireland loves me

This is a bittersweet blog post, and the last one that I will be making about the Plus 3 Ireland program.  It all went so fast but boy, what an incredible experience.  I have grown so much as a person and a professional in such a short time.  If I could do it again, I’m…

The Art of Presenting

I have had two internships, along with this study abroad program, and in all three of these, I have had to give a presentation of some kind to my colleagues and bosses/supervisors.  Being able to get up in front of a crowd and present is not only an opportunity to show what you know, but…

Back to the Future: Irish edition

The question that I will be answering in today’s blog is “What will Ireland look like in 3 years, and how is that different from today?” Since being in Ireland we have witnessed the evidence and proof of all the great things we learned about Ireland’s booming economy.  Both companies and young talent are flooding…

The Allure of Ireland

The bulk of our trip here in Ireland has focused on Irish businesses who export, and multi-nationals who come to do business here.  What we have not talked much about is the imports of people like us (the tourists who come here).  Ireland is a huge tourism destination, and despite it just being a tiny…

Rags to Riches

Yesterday we visited FoodCloud, a non profit dedicated to eliminating food waste, and Enterprise Ireland, a company that invests in Irish born companies and helps them export their products. The companies are very different but both share the same mission, to help and serve the people of Ireland. I was particularly interested in how much…

Amazon, the Behemoth

A couple days ago, we had the opportunity to visit the company that many of us were looking forward to, Amazon.  It seems like amazon is taking over the world these days, and they are setting the efficiency standard across businesses.  Of course I’m kidding when I say that they are taking over the world,…

Day 7: The Wild West

Have you ever seen something so magnificent and beautiful it brings you to actual tears?  If you haven’t, visit the Cliffs of Moher on the Western coast of Ireland.  Any picture that I post with this blog just cannot do it justice.  The sheer size of the cliffs, the power of the waves crashing into…

Day 6: Irish the U.S. could be like this

Today we visited Bord Bia, Ireland’s food board. When researching the company we tried classifying it as a company like the FDA in the states, but yet again we were surprised to find out it was another unique company in Ireland (much like Croke Park). After meeting a few people on their staff today, the…

Day 5: Playing to my strengths

Its day five and we have already had to fight through some adversity here in Dublin.  Then is the face of adversity, knowing what your strengths are and being able to implement them can be key in getting yourself and your group/team through it.  Throughout this trip I have been able key in on each…

Day 4: Let me see your ID

Today’s main event in Dublin was visiting Croke Park, the Gaelic Athletic Association’s National Stadium.  It holds around 82,000 people and is one of the largest sporting venues in all of Europe.  What’s even more interesting is, the GAA players are amateurs, and do not get paid to play.  Some players are school teachers, and…

Day 3: Whisky, Google, and Darren

We had the opportunity to do two amazing site visits today with Pearse Lyons Distillery and another company you may have heard of, Google.  Seeing Google and all of their cafes, happy employees, and modern architecture was certainly impressive, but I think its the lesson I learned at the Pearse Lyons Distillery that will stick…

Day 2: When History Gets Awkward

Its day two here in Dublin, and the majority of our day consisted of a historical based walking tour with Sylvie Kleinman.  In today’s world, most people have a lot of love and passion about their country of origin.  This was definitely true for Sylvie, who loved talking about Irish history and how the country…

Ireland: First Impression

We have been preparing for months, so it feels pretty amazing that our Plus3 group finally made it to Dublin today.  Our first day was everything we expected it to be and more.  The weather was beautiful and the locals told us it was the nicest day that Ireland had seen so far this year. …

Dublin Bound!

Hello!  My name is Joe McHugh and I am student Pitt’s College of Business Administration pursuing a Marketing degree with a certificate in Digital Media.  I am a former student-athlete, playing two years for Pitt’s baseball team as an outfielder.  More recently, I have acted and performed in a number of UPitt theatre productions and…