Am in country, landed and now, even legally so. Have rather spotty internet access, so have not been able to report back for a couple days here, but here’s all the news that’s fit to post.
The flight from Canada was pleasantly smooth. Flyglobespan was just fine and got me into Dublin pretty close to on time. Unfortunately on arrival I did not have my work permit granted let alone available for presentation. After a hour or so of discussion (me proferring my contract and begging) I was granted two weeks to get my stuff straightened out or leave the country.
I headed into Dublin and because it was 8am by the time I got to the short stay apartment they were not ready, so I headed over to my new employer, the Royal Irish Academy. They welcomed me with open arms and even more importantly arranged a shower for me and got me settled right in. I was introduced to many of the folks there and became intimately familiar with the winding semi-medieval stone staircase that goes all four stories up to the HR department. The Academy is in a listed building, so they can’t make the alteration to add an elevator. I love this. I will have a picture of the stairs shortly.
I acquired a phone quickly and it has the added benefit of being a skype phone, so I can make unlimited skype voice calls internationally at no charge. Pretty Cool.