Exploring The Emerald Isle Without Pubs

Day 02 /// Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland

September 29, 2020

"We Still Haven’t Done a Guinness Brewery Tour": Dublin

On the second day of the trip, we woke up and caught a ferry from Holyhead to Dublin, experiencing our first border challenge of the trip, where we discovered that our honest story, that we were conducting interviews with local pharma and other businesses about COVID-19 and healthcare, satisfied the authorities.


Upon arriving in Dublin, we met with Graham Hogan, who runs a small, family healthcare business. Our primary takeaway from that conversation and our visit to Dublin more broadly was that the most important decisions made by Irish people — family and community decisions — are typically made at the pub, and the pandemic has taken that away from people, which is having an outsized impact on daily life. As a mark of respect, our next stop was the Guinness factory, where we were able to get some amazing pictures that would likely have been impossible in non-pandemic times. After that visit, we met with Gary McAuslan, who is looking to start a viral vector company in Dublin.

We then headed north toward Belfast, Northern Ireland, where we met outdoors with Kristof Szent-Ivanyi, COO of ChainbridgePharma, to discuss COVID-19’s impact on supply chains and sustainable growth before boarding a ferry to Cairnryan, Scotland, finding ourselves an old hotel to crash for a few hours.

Graham Hogan
, Hogan Healthcare; Gary McAuslan, aCGT Vector; Kristof Szent-Ivanyi, ChainbridgePharma


Nigel Walker

Mr. Walker is the founder and managing director of That’s Nice LLC, a research-driven marketing agency with 20 years dedicated to life sciences. Nigel harnesses the strategic capabilities of Nice Insight, the research arm of That’s Nice, to help companies communicate science-based visions to grow their businesses. Mr. Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design with honors from London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, England.