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21.10.2016

3 October 2016 – My last few weeks in Ireland

Melissa Abourashed at GlendaloughMelissa Abourashed

As my time in Dublin wrapped up so did the client engagement I had been working on since I arrived in early August. It was great to see the job from the early stages of planning to the fieldwork and then final draft reports being sent out. As I was back in the office I got to work on some consolidated financials for a client – it felt good to get back to an area I am more familiar with! I was also assigned a quick audit of a dormant company that allowed me to work through Caseware documentation which I was not as familiar with.

I spent one of my last weekend’s enjoying Glendalough and the Wicklow mountains, which were very beautiful. It is hard to believe my time here has already come to an end but it has been an amazing experience. Another member of the NY office is visiting Dublin this week so it will be great to spend the last week enjoying Ireland with an old friend as well as some new friends from the Dublin office!

Ireland secondees blog
21.10.2016

3 September 2016 – Enjoying the culture of Ireland and the US

aer-lingus-college-footballMelissa Abourashed

Soon after my family left I was back to traveling for my client engagement and headed off to Galway in Western Ireland. Galway is beautiful and it was wonderful to get to walk through town and go into all the shops from Eyre Square to the Spanish Arch. The project that we were working on in Galway were more difficult but with help from some of my team we managed to complete the jobs on time.

During the weekend, I attended the Aer Lingus College Football Classic where Georgia Tech defeated Boston College. They are not normally two teams I support, but it was a great to see some American culture in Ireland!

On my sixth and seventh week in the office, I continued to work on my first engagement and I was also assigned a special project regarding FRS 102, which was quite interesting. On the last weekend of September, Octoberfest was in Dublin at George’s docks, so I was sure to go down and enjoy a stein!

Ireland secondees blog
21.10.2016

19 August 2016 – Getting settled in Ireland

Melissa Abourashed at Guinness StorehouseMelissa Abourashed

My third week consisted of another batch of on-site work in Limerick.

I got back into the office on Friday and we had a work night out which was a really great chance to get to know everyone from the office. I spent my fourth week in the office continuing to work on my client engagement and began writing reports for the jobs that we had completed. I learned a good amount about how to write the reports properly!

I was very excited as the month came to an end because my mom and sister were coming to visit. While my mom and sister were in Ireland we took a day trip out to Giants Causeway which was another amazing site. Back in Dublin, we also went to see St. Patricks Cathedral which was beautiful and had a good time at the Guinness Storehouse.

Ireland secondees blog
21.10.2016

3 August 2016 – Arriving in Ireland and starting my first client engagement

Melissa Abourashed at Cliffs of MoherMelissa Abourashed

My first week in Dublin was short as I arrived on Wednesday, 3 August but it turned out to be a great welcoming to the city. I spent my time in the Dublin office training and getting used to the systems they use that are different from the ones we use in the New York office. I also spent some time familiarising myself with the policies and procedures of the Irish office.

My birthday was Friday, 5 August and my colleagues in EisnerAmper Ireland surprised me by organising a cake and singing Happy birthday in the canteen, which was mortifying but very sweet! In my free time, I spent the weekend exploring the city of Dublin and got to see Trinity College and it’s amazing library and the Book of Kells. I also got a taste of the Dublin’s nightlife with some of the girls from work.

On my second week, I was assigned my engagement which would run the length of my stay in Dublin. The job was a series of reviews of funding grants provided to universities, county councils and other institutions and allowed me to see a lot of Ireland in the process. While on my travels I got to visit the University of Limerick which has a gorgeous campus. It was great to see the similarities and differences in colleges in Ireland as compared to the ones back in the US. I spent my second weekend in Ireland traveling to the Blarney Stone and the Cliffs of Moher which were breath-taking. The Cliffs of Moher are easily my favourite place in Ireland so far!

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