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Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy pour pints at the Guinness Gravity Bar in Dublin. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

Murphy kicks off Ireland trip with cultural visits to Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse

Main components of economic development trip coming tomorrow, Tuesday

By Joey Fox, April 24 2022 2:07 pm

DUBLIN – Gov. Phil Murphy launched the first leg of his economic development-focused trip to Ireland today with two cultural visits, one to the library of Trinity College Dublin and another to the Guinness Storehouse.

The governor’s day will conclude at a private dinner with a delegation from the economic development organization Choose NJ; the main announcements and meetings of Murphy’s three-day visit will follow in the coming two days.

Upon landing in Dublin after spending three days in France, Murphy met with Trinity College Provost and President Linda Doyle, who last year became the university’s first female leader in its 430-year history. Murphy, Doyle, and an assemblage of Murphy staff members and Choose NJ representatives viewed the college’s library and the Book of Kells, a famed 8th century illuminated manuscript.

(Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

From there, the delegation traveled to the Guinness Gravity Bar, where Murphy drank a pint of beer emblazoned with the New Jersey state seal and poured a pint of his own with First Lady Tammy Murphy. (Along with St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College are considered two of Dublin’s main visitor attractions.)

Murphy made no announcements or remarks during the brief itinerary. Tomorrow, the governor – a former U.S. Ambassador to Germany – will meet with a number of diplomatic and business leaders, and on Tuesday he will travel to Cork, where his own Irish ancestry lies.

Murphy’s visit is the latest in a long line of gubernatorial envoys to countries that have strong economic and ethnic ties to New Jersey. In his first term, Murphy took a trip to India; his predecessor, former Gov. Chris Christie, did the same in Israel in 2012.

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