By: Alexandria Hughes
May 23, 2016
Today is the 9th day of our adventure. Our two main events consisted of going to the Parliament and the Guinness Factory. We started at the Parliament where we toured the building and learned how the parliament works in Ireland. By the Constitution the Oireachtas (National Parliament of Ireland) are the only people that can make the laws for Ireland. The Oireachtas include the President, House of Representatives and Senate. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences of the United States Government in relation to in Ireland. One significant difference is the process of electing the House of Representatives, an election is held every five years, while in America it is every two years. However in contrast both countries have faced both political and economic problems in the past recent years that they are currently trying to mend. The National Parliament of Ireland is trying to pass a bill for individuals to pay for their own water bill, which is similar to the feuded issue in America with Medicare, in terms of lack of citizen’s cooperation.
Our second stop was the Guinness St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin, a 7 story building filled with facts about the process of making this 18th century beer. One of the most interesting things I found was the long complicated process of brewing the Guinness beer. It starts as a barley seed and later matures into a beer, and is produced every single day. Another interesting thing that caught my eye was the harp they use as their icon. I saw this many times in both the Parliament and the Guinness Factory. After reading more about it I learned that Guinness was the first to adapt it which is suprising. The Irish government later used it as a symbol but to refrain from plagiarizing the trademark they changed the direction of the harp.
Overall, I had a great experience at both sites. Although I am not a fan of Guinness beer it was interesting to see how important it is to the Irish Culture. It is without a doubt a sight to see, whether you are a beer drinker or not!