Dublin is one of those cities which always thrills me with its joyful spirit and energy. I have been there many times before, but with such a long break from travel I had forgotten how fabulous it can be.
My recent visit there interpreting for a European Works Council (EWC) meeting was something rather out of the ordinary, however, as we were treated to an amazing week seeing some sights that I won’t ever forget.
On arrival, I was finally able to catch up with some colleagues I had not seen for some time. When working, I often see some colleagues more frequently than others as particular language pairings are requested more often. For this EWC meeting there were between eight and ten interpreters present, so it was brilliant to see some faces I’d not seen in real life for ages!
Interpreting for a conference is hard work! We often interpret in pairs as the concentration levels can be rather exhausting, and for this conference we were also required to interpret using whispered interpretation during the dinner events too. It was lovely to be given the delicious dinner alongside our clients, but sadly it is impossible to interpret and eat!
On the Wednesday we were all taken to Slane Castle for a tour and dinner. All I can say is, wow, what an incredible treat that was!
The owner of the castle, Alex Conyngham, greeted us all with champagne and canapes, and we were captured by his recounting of the history of the castle. We were in good company, with bands including U2, Metallica and the Rolling Stones having held sell-out concerts there in the past on the vast rolling grounds behind the castle. As the sun set on the castle the sight was truly spectacular!
Sitting down for dinner in the exquisite King George IV’s Ballroom, a beautiful Neo-Gothic ballroom looked upon by walls of wonderful historical portraits and accompanied by a harpist, made a wonderful evening I will never forget!
I do feel very lucky to have a job which offers such unique opportunities.