Hawaiian Day @ ACET

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A Hawaiian themed ‘End of Summer’ party took place at Wellington House today, as we near the end of what has been another wonderful summer in Cork.

For today reception was transformed into Honolulu Beach, with visiting hula dancers, tropical fruits and cocktail juices enjoyed by all.  Along with our ukulele background music, it was a hilariously fun Cork style Hawaiian experience!

The ACET team donned a variety of hula shirts, grass skirts and cocktail dresses for the occasion with some of the students sporting interesting pirate inspired homemade costumes, for which we applaud their wonderful effort!

Group Photo Hawaii Day

For some today was their final day at ACET as their summer studies come to an end, but it certainly ended on a fun note! To those that return to your home countries this weekend, we wish you a safe journey, and we hope to see many of you back next year.

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Cork Women’s Mini Marathon 2016

The 2016 Cork Women’s Mini Marathon – Are you up for it?

Mini Marathon logo

Here in Cork, momentum is building for the upcoming Cork Women’s Mini Marathon taking place on Sunday, 27th September. 

Initial interest among the staff members and students has been very positive, and while it is still in the very early stages of planning, we are hoping that the school will have a good number of participants.

Marathon start line

The 5 mile race will start in the city centre on Patrick’s Street and the route will carry participants throughout the city to finish up at John F Kennedy Park.

Signup sheets have been posted on the notice boards in school to gauge interest, and plans for training groups and running schedules are also in the pipeline.

For international visitors, participating in this event will be an unforgettable experience that will add to the fond memories of the time spent in Cork!

Mini martahon participants

Registration can be completed online on the following website link


2016 – A Year of Commemorations in Ireland

Commemorations have been taking place across Ireland in the past number of weeks in remembrance of Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa. On Saturday last, a state commemoration took place at Rossa’s graveside at Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin, and was attended by President Michael D. Higgins. This occasion began the launch of a series of state commemorations and events that are planned across Ireland throughout 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, an event which ultimately paved the way for Ireland’s independence from Britain in 1921.

ODR graveside

O’ Donovan Rossa was a pivotal member in Irish nationalism, and an instrumental figure in the plight for Ireland’s liberation from British rule. As a lifelong campaigner for Irish independence, he was imprisoned in dire conditions in a series of prisons in England from 1865. Upon his release was 1870 he was forced into exile and spent the remainder of his life in New York where he continued to campaign and raise funds for the Irish cause.

His funeral in 1915 at Glasnevin cemetery drew huge attendance. The graveside oration given by Padraig Pearse is an iconic moment of Irish history, and is regarded as having sown the seeds for the armed rising that took place the following year at Easter 1916.

ODR Portrait

Recently a re-enactment of a torch lit parade led by Rossa in 1860 took place in Skibbereen, West Cork as part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival.  Everyone in attendance wore the dress style of the era, and the event turned out a momentous and thrilling occasion for the thousands that participated and who had traveled to see the spectacle.  watched.

ODR Parade

ODR Crowd

For further information and event listings see the website links below.