Friday 30 September 2016

Thanksgiving in Ireland: what are employees doing to celebrate?

Published 26/11/2015 | 16:04

U.S. President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey during the 68th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1VUH9
U.S. President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey during the 68th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1VUH9

We spoke to some workers celebrating Thanksgiving about their plans for the day. Here's what they had to say:

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Paul Adams, VP of Product for Dublin and San Francisco-based Intercom who raised $35million earlier this year. Previously he was Global Head of Brand Design for Facebook.

"We were founded in the US by four Irish guys and I worked for Facebook and Google in San Francisco – so we know how much Thanksgiving means to people over there and it became part of our lives.

"We’re hiring at the moment as we expand 140 people in Ireland and I’m thankful we count a number of US citizens among that nationalities working on the team who have relocated to Dublin…so to let them know how thankful we are for their hard work we’re joining in the celebrations and putting on a Thanksgiving dinner for all the staff, it’s a relatively small thing but something you need to consider as a global company."

Kevin Olsen, Director of Pivotal Labs in Ireland who moved from Boulder, Colorado earlier this year. The company announced plans to invest €100m in Ireland earlier this month.

"I moved to Ireland this year with my family and the friendliness and people I have met has really made the transition easier. There’s a mixture of young Irish and US people on our team working out of Dogpatch Labs and they’re working pretty hard but we might go to a bar after work today to celebrate."

Tammy Contreraz, events and marketing lead for nearForm, a software company that employs 60 people in Tramore, Co Waterford.

"I moved here in the Spring from Silicon Valley and it’s been amazing to work in a company like nearForm, that is full of people from different countries. Working in the seaside town of Tramore  in South East Ireland towards building a global company is an amazing opportunity. I’m thankful for the new friends I’ve made in the company and the lifestyle change in this beautiful place! 

"It’s been amazing to keep pursuing my professional goals but with a different culture that’s still ambitious but not at the expense of my personal life. There are things I miss – particularly more choice of sushi restaurants at home. My plans this year include celebratory pints on Friday and dinner with friends on Saturday, but at nearForm they are ever conscious of our global family and make sure these holidays are acknowledged and celebrated to make me feel at home."

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