Welcome to the Gourmet Capital of Ireland – CORK!

Welcome to the Gourmet Capital of Ireland  – CORK!

Beatrice De Caro, our wonderful intern recently discovered for herself why Cork is indeed the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Beatrice has reviewed some of her favourite dining spots close by the school. Why not check them out for yourselves when you get to Cork!

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“Of all the great things you can do in Cork, the best one is… eating out! Coming from Italy, where we are probably pretty spoiled when it comes to good food and we tend to have prejudices towards Northern Europe’s food, I didn’t really have high expectations about “Irish cuisine”. Very soon I had to change my mind and I was incredibly surprised by all the great restaurants I found in Cork. It turns out that Cork is in fact the “Capital Food of Ireland”, home to a host of award-winning bars and restaurants.

You could start your day with a cup of tea and a delicious scone (my favourites!) at the Farmgate café, inside the English Market, or for the more daring ones, you could try a full Irish breakfast. At the Farmgate café you can also have lunch, just remember they close at five! Everything is made with products sourced locally and, while there, you can also experience the lively atmosphere of the English markets looking down on the stalls. For lunch, there is a very wide choice for eateries. You could go to a pub, where you can enjoy traditional meals such soups, pies, Irish stew, fish and chips or great sandwiches and toasts. Most of the pubs stop serving food at 4pm, except the very popular Oliver Plunkett, where they also serve food every night.

Make sure you also go to a tea room and try some of their wonderful cakes, like Tara’s tea room in McCurtain Street, where you could have your lunch or an amazing afternoon tea. If you want to spend a nice evening enjoying excellent food, chatting with your friends while having a drink, you could go to El Vino, where you can also find Spanish-style dishes, tapas and very good wine or Salt, in Victoria Road, to have a taste of French cuisine. In Oliver Plunkett Street you can find Elbow Lane and Market Lane, run by the same owners, where you can have delicious, high-quality (and also affordable!) food and the beer they brew.  Talking about good beer, you could also go to the Franciscan Well, have a tour of the brewery, then enjoy one of their beers and get an authentic Italian pizza. So.. enjoy Cork and buon appetito”.

Beatrice Food Blog

Check out website links below for further information.

http://www.englishmarket.ie/

http://www.farmgate.ie/corkhome.htm

http://www.marketlane.ie/

http://elvino.ie/

http://www.theoliverplunkett.com/

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ACET Fundraiser – Cork to Calais Solidarity

Throughout the past few months, we are all saddened by images of displaced women, men and children arriving in Europe, fleeing their native countries due to violence and oppression. In light of the current humanitarian crisis, a fundraiser was fittingly organised by ACET’s Camille to raise money for the Cork – Calais solidarity volunteer group.

Quiz Poster

Over 60 people were in attendance at the quiz that took place last Thursday 24th in Clancy’s Bar. ACET students, staff and friends, both old and new came together for an entertaining night with quiz master Tony. An impressive €1,165 was raised between the quiz entry fees and raffle. The proceeds were donated to a local group of volunteers that will travel from Cork to Calais bringing with them supplies and aid for those living in dire conditions in the port town of Calais.

Raffle Buckets

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Thanks to all who attended and supported the event and to all who helped on the night. We would especially like to thank the generosity of local businesses who kindly sponsored excellent prizes.

The Clarion Hotel, The Fish Wife, IKON Hairdressers, Guys ‘n Dolls, Kartmania, Mahon Point, Rising Sons, Leisureplex, Pompeii Pizza at Franciscan Well, Octoberfest Beag, Paddywagon Tours, Titanic Experience Cobh, Cork Coffee Roasters, Butler’s Chocolates, Clancy’s Bar, The Shelbourne Bar.

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ACET goes running this Sunday.

Keep an eye out for Team ACET this Sunday as Odile, Joelle, Maeve and Joanna take part in the Cork Women’s Mini Marathon. If you see them along the route, be sure to give a cheer! 

Cork city marathon

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?

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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

http://www.eveningecho.ie/minimarathon/