Fantastic Festivals in Cork

Long known as the festival & event city of Ireland, Cork offers a medley of events throughout the year. The city is a beautiful canvas coloured by on-going events that are both cultural and fun. By definition the word festival is either an occasion for feasting or celebration, an often regularly recurring program of cultural performances, exhibitions & competitions or simply, revelry. The latter two meanings are significant when you think of Cork.

Festivals and events run each month of the year in Cork. From singing to books, food to jazz and cycling to crafts there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. The events are also organised in a way that suit everyone even if you are not a fan of the event topic. There will always be fun, joviality and tasty food for all to enjoy.

Below is a list of some of what Cork has to offer between now and December 2013.

April 23 – 27             Cork World Book Festival

May 1– 5                   Cork International Choral Festival

May 3 – 6                  Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine

May 31 – June 3      Decades Festival

June Bank Holiday  Bandon Music Festival

June 1 – 8                Ocean to City – Cork’s Maritime Festival

June 3                      Cork City Marathon

June 21 – 30            Cork Midsummer Festival

July 6 – 14                Kinsale Arts Festival

July(TBC)                 Damhsafest International Folk Festival

July 20 – 28              Cork Cycling Festival

July 26 – August 3  Skibbereen Arts Festival

July/August(TBC)   Cork Pride Festival

August 8 – Sep 8    Cork Craft Month

Sep 18 – 20             Cork International Short Story Festival

Sep 20                     Cork Culture Night

October 10 – 13     Cork Folk Festival

October 14 – 20     Cork Rebel Week

October 25 – 29     Cork Jazz Festival

Nov 10 – 17            Cork Film Festival

Nov 23 – Dec 23    A Cork Christmas Celebration

As you can see there is so much to offer in one city. Cork is truly a city to be enjoyed….a city for everyone. As Rasheed Ogunlaru once said, “In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day – or to celebrate each special day.” Our advice is to pick the latter and enjoy life in true ‘Cork fashion’.


Sort out your Phrasal Verbs at ACET

zWhat is a phrasal verb?

It is a combination of a verb such as take or put with one or two particles (an adverb or preposition). Sometimes they are called multi-word verbs.

Why are phrasal verbs difficult?


The meaning is not clear from the individual elements of the phrasal verb (it is idiomatic).  Let’s look at the familiar verb ‘look’. Students learn it and then meet these sentences;

  • If you don’t know a word, look it up in the dictionary (search for meaning)
  • The police are looking into the robbery (investigating)
  • Who is looking after your children? (taking care of)

Many meanings

Many phrasal verbs have more than one meaning which can confuse learners. Let’s look at take up

  • That skirt is too long, you should take it up (shorten)
  • When he retired, he took up golf (became interested in)
  • Are you ready to take up this challenge (accept)


Some phrasal verbs are separable

  • He turned up the radio/he turned the radio up – both ok

Some phrasal verbs are inseparable

  • The police are looking into the crime.

Intransitive phrasal verbs

These verbs do not have a direct object and cannot be separated

  •  We waited for John, but he didn’t show up (appear)

zTwo particles

  • He went back on his word (broke a promise)
  • He gets on with his classmates (has a good relationship with)

Why are phrasal verbs so important?

  • They are very prevalent in everyday English both spoken and informal written.
  • Learners need to be able to both understand and use the more common phrasal verbs, but they will also need to use them themselves. If learners don’t use phrasal verbs, they can sound too formal when speaking with native speakers.

ACET teachers’ tips:

  • To help learners get over their fear of phrasal verbs, let them know that they have been learning phrasal verbs since they were at elementary level (wake up, get up,  pick up etc), without many problems.
  • Don’t do too many controlled practice exercises, remember the best way to learn is by listening, reading, writing and speaking in communicative 
  •  Have fun with phrasal verbs, jokes, puns and  cartoons etc.

zzRecommended resources

Food Glorious Food

‘Food glorious food’… a saying best known from the musical Oliver,  but also refers to what is served in the restaurants of Cork. Cork is a city of winding streets and delicious eateries. It is a food haven to suit all age groups and tastes.

From coastal haunts serving fresh fish, city eateries serving ethnic delights, traditional restaurants serving the best of Irish food and markets serving sweet and savoury treats, there is no place like Cork. Beautiful restaurants line the city streets and coastal roads.

It is hard to know where to begin when it comes to the sheer number of world class eateries and organic food options in the region; it truly is Ireland’s food capital. The city is renowned for its thriving number of artisan food producers  and organic suppliers.

The biggest problem that visitors have is choice….where do I start? Where do I go?

This is where we, your ACET Team, can try to help you.

From cheap eats to pricey treats we believe that our city has something for everyone. No matter what your budget is you can enjoy an ‘eating tour’ of our city.

Let’s start with some delicious choices on a low budget, followed by reasonably priced eateries and finally we’ll finish with the pricier fine dining options. Please remember that there are many, many places in Cork but the following are a pick of the ones the ACET team have tried, tested and would recommend.


As Cork has such wonderful food you have a great variety of places to eat on a low budget. Below are some of the options that we have tried.

O’Flynns Gourmet Sausage Stand in the English Market where they serve a variety of tasty sausages including beef, pork, vegetarian and venison. Prices are approximately €5.

Jackie Lennox’s Chip Shop on MacCurtain Street & Bandon Rd. This is good for fresh fish and homemade chips. The portions are big and the prices are low. A visit is a must!!

Dashi Deli is a small sushi & noodle bar where prices begin as low as 50c. The food is both tasty and healthy.

The Long Valley on Winthrop Street is a great option for freshly made sandwiches. Prices are approximately €5.  Traditional warm corned beef is one of the specialities and should not be missed. You will leave with a very full & satisfied tummy.


These mid price restaurants offer good value and excellent quality restaurants. You are in for a treat if you visit them.

Isaccs on MacCurtain Street is a beautiful restaurant with lunch options from €12 – €20. You can sit by the window and watch the world go by.

Orso Kitchen & Bar on Pembroke Street has delicious, hearty food at a good price. Their flavours are both fresh and vibrant. Their dishes are perfect for sharing.

If you fancy a bit of spice you can try Banna Thai on Maylor Street where there is a host of Thai treats on offer.

Scoozie’s on Winthrop Avenue has something for everyone at a decent price. It is fun and cool with delicious food and generous portions.

Market Lane on Oliver Plunkett Street is a wonderful choice. The restaurant offers a wide range of fish, salads, meat, game and sandwiches.

Other places to mention are Cafe Mexicana, Gourmet Burger, Cafe Bar Deli, Luigi Malone, Amicus and many more.


This section goes through the more expensive venues for dining in Cork. Once again there are many options but these are the ones the ACET Team have tried and would recommend.

Fenns Quay Restaurant is a beautiful option with a philosophy of using only the best produce from the best local suppliers and treating these products with care and attention to detail. It shows. This place is a real treat.

Jacobs on the Mall in the heart of the Financial District is a contemporary style restaurant serving European food with an emphasis on locally sourced free range and organic produce. Artists often exhibit on the walls of the restaurant so if you are lucky you can dine and browse through art pieces at the same time.

Star Anise on Bridge Street serves simple, honest food and works on offering maximum taste and quality of local ingredients. It is a cosy, intimate choice with mouth-watering food.

Greens on MacCurtain Street is set back off the road with its very own waterfall! The surrounding are perfect both inside and out. The range of food is good and the flavours are complimentary yet distinct.

Les Gourmandise on Cook Street is a fabulous restaurant known for using the best French and locally sourced produce. It is French dining at the highest standards.

If there is nothing to tantalise your taste buds in those suggestions fear not….there are many, many more places to eat in our city and county. Our winding city streets filled with restaurants were made to be explored, as are the coastal towns such as Kinsale & Crosshaven. Around every corner in Cork is another culinary surprise. As George Bernard Shaw said, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”


ACET Supports Munster Rugby All The Way!

One thing most teams have discovered over the years is they do not take Munster Rugby for granted.  Harlequins made that fatal mistake last week, and yesterday paid the price.

When Harlequins opted for the tiny stadium of The Stoop, so as to prevent the Munster support being able to act as the “16th man”, thereby turning-down a huge purse, they already showed a little of their own self doubt.

I have never heard so much criticism and dismissal of Munster before, and even when I myself voiced my opinion that we would win, I was met with polite smiles, and an occasional comment, like “You’re optimistic”.  I am not a gambling man, but if I was I could have made a lot of money yesterday, because of the ridiculous odds being gives, especially as, at worst, it was a two-horse race.

When I heard Paul O’Connell say in an interview before the game that they were “Nervous”,  I knew they were confident in themselves.

My reasoning was simple, Munster forwards were always going to bully the Harlequins forwards.  Especially with the likes of O’Connell back and playing at his best, but if you look at the entire pack there is not a weakness in any of them.  Scrum-half is solid, O’Gara, even at this late stage in his career, is still a world class out-half.  If there was going to be a weakness it would occur after No. 10.  But with one exception Keith Earls we had our full line-up of backs available. All they had to do was defend, and let the forwards do the work.

And so it came to pass. In a brilliant display of guts and determination, Munster overcame the initial onslaught from Harlequins. They were lucky not to concede a penalty over their own line in the opening minutes, but then were unfairly penalised minutes, thereby cancelling out the earlier benefit.

At half-time the game could have gone any way, and one would expect Harlequins to come out in the 2nd half with a new game-plan. Maybe they did, but they never got the opportunity to show it. Munster began the 2nd half at a blinding pace.  The first 15 minutes saw Munster come from behind to take a 9 point lead, which they held until near the end when they conceded 3 points.

Munster deserved to get two tries, but were denied by stout defence from Harlequins. Nonetheless, they ran-out deserving winners by 6 points, and now go on to meet Claremont in the semi final.

Claremont is my 2nd choice for the European Cup, behind Munster of course. They will undoubtedly be favourites going into the semi, but the standard of rugby they showed displayed on Saturday, will make them very formidable opponents in 3 weeks time.

I do believe, in my heart, that the winner of this year’s cup, will come from this leg of the competition.  Either way, there will be at least one French team in the final, of that there is little doubt. So come on, you French rugby fans, start looking for cheap flights to Dublin, because in three weeks time there will not be any cheap flights available.  

Pat Coade

Goodbye from Berta!

march 2013 186Slowly this is coming to the end, it’s been almost two months since I arrived.

A completely different experience but at the same time so similar to the others.

Two months full of experiences, anecdotes, parties, work, friends… that I will always remember.

I’ve met amazing people, we are like a big family, we spend the days together, we help each other with our problems…

During these months we have celebrated birthdays, parties… but now we begin to celebrate goodbyes, as people come and people go as part of the cycle of being abroad for a few months.

St Patrick’s Day has come and gone, it was our last weekend together and was amazing.

I’d say “thanks” to all of you for the breathtaking time you gave me and hope we’ll meet again in this tiny world. For this we have to continue to walk on our own path even though it may be rainy or painful. Tomorrow is tomorrow. It could be a shinier day tomorrow.

Finally, thanks ACET for giving me this experience, helping me to grow as a person and being on my first steps in my career.

Berta Ruiz