Welcome to Dublin, Ireland
Our First "Sightseeing" Excursion
We’re on a long journey between Sri Lanka and Hawaii. Along the way, we’re going on a few “sightseeing excursions” to take a peek at some of the other Artex offices that aren’t on our route.
First stop: Dublin, Ireland.
Dublin is the birthplace of Peter Mullen, our CEO, as well as David McManus, our chairman. It is also one of our 30+ domiciles and home to Mike Matthews, commercial director for our international division.
Mike is responsible for revenue-generating strategies outside of the U.S. The international team works with both national and multi-national companies to develop alternative insurance solutions, including the creation of wholly-owned captive insurance companies. Outside of the office, you’ll find Mike playing golf, drums and running 5Ks, which he says brings him thinking time away from a desk. We asked Mike for his best piece of advice for people entering the world of insurance as their career. He says, “Insurance is a people business. The Machiavellian approach doesn’t work. You have to have a principle and values-based approach to how you treat other people.”
Fun facts about Ireland:
- Halloween was founded in Ireland. The celebration, which included people lighting bonfires and donning scary costumes to ward off evil spirits, comes from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain means “darker half” in Gaelic, and marks the beginning of winter.
- More Irish people are living abroad than within the actual country.
- The national symbol of Ireland is not a shamrock; it is the harp. It is the only country with a musical instrument as its symbol.
- It was the first country to legalize gay marriage by public referendum.
- The three-leaf shamrock, which St. Patrick used to explain the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit when converting the Irish to Christianity, is said to symbolize faith, hope and love. It is a popular symbol for the country and is its unofficial national flower.
- Patrick’s Day, which heavily features the shamrock, is the country—and some could say the world’s—official national Irish holiday. However, St Patrick was actually from Wales.
Looking for family-friendly activities to get acclimated to Irish culture? Check out this page for ideas on cooking, mapping an Irish town, dressing up like a famous American of Irish descent, or listen to a traditional Irish tale.
Slainte! (Cheers in Gaelic, literal meaning: health!)
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