Beyond the Conference: The Dublin Experience
But wait… there’s more to this tale than suits and PowerPoint slides. While the conference, hosted in the landmark Marker Hotel, was undoubtedly the main attraction, what happened outside the agenda was equally remarkable and served as a reminder of the richness of the places we visit and the bonds we create when we step out of our professional bubbles.
I was pleasantly surprised by the athletic prowess of my Translink colleagues. Morning runs, mountain cycle adventures and golf games against the backdrop of Dublin’s stunning coast added a dash of adventure to our trip.
We found ourselves enjoying some great nights out, most notably an awards dinner at the picturesque Luttrellstown Castle (only where Posh and Becks got married!), followed by toe-tapping traditional Irish music and, of course, the inevitable Irish coffee.
A real treat was saved for our final evening with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Delegates learned the art of pouring the perfect pint of the ‘Black Stuff’ and enjoyed breathtaking views of the city from the Gravity Bar. A surprise Celtic drumming and dancing flash mob lit up the room. It was nearly impossible to stay still; but I managed to resist the urge to join in.
In the end, the corporate finance conference, hosted by Translink UK was more than just a meeting of financial minds. It was a celebration of global cooperation, innovation, and the vibrant culture of Dublin. As the Irish say, “Céad míle fáilte” – a hundred thousand welcomes. Until the next flag flies at our next conference, Dublin will remain a cherished host, where finance meets fun in the most delightful way possible. Sláinte!