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!

Beatrice Chocolates

“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.







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


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.



August Bank Holiday – Films at Fitzy’s

Throughout the past few evenings this week, there have been outdoor screenings of some classic movies on the lawn of the Pavillion at Fitzgerald’s Park organised by Cork Film Festival in partnership with Cork City Council. This mini festival will continue each evening throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.

Films at Fitzy's

Beatriz, our summer intern from Italy, was at a screening on Wednesday night, and here is what she had to say about the event.

“Yesterday it was the first night of the “Films at Fitzy’s”, an outdoor cinema festival that will take place in Fitgerald’s Park from 29th July to 3rd August. The first screening was “Amélie”, a charming French romantic comedy. The atmosphere at the park was very cosy and cheerful, the audience was very wide and everyone brought his own blankets and cushions to stay warmer and more comfortable while enjoying the movie. You can also bring crisps, popcorn or buy some tea and candyfloss at the stands in the park. It was very fun to share this experience with my host family!  The next screenings will include “Amhrán na Mara”, the Irish version of the animation movie “Song of the sea”. It’s possible to book tickets online or to buy them at the park just before the screening (price 5€).”


The film screening schedule is as follows:

July 29 Amélie

July 30 Good Vibrations

July 31 Amhrán na Mara (Song of the Sea)

 August 1 The Third Man (Re-Issue)

 August 2 An American Werewolf In London

August 3 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Screenings take place at 10pm nightly and tickets are €5 each.

There is limited capacity so book early

For more information see Facebook and the website links below.


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