Momentum is building for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Cork city

The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off in Cork city this coming weekend. Throughout 14th-17th of March the city is guaranteed to be a hive of activity and buzzing with culture.The organisers of the St. Patrick’s celebration in Cork city have prepared an excellent schedule of events that will appeal to all ages. We encourage our students to take part in the festivities and to check out the many free events that are taking place.

A full programme of events is available on the following website link

http://www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie/

 Our pick of all the activities is the St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17th. The parade sees thousands of spectators line the streets and entertained by a range of theatrical groups, international bands and various art and community groups.

Leprechauns jumping

 

 Today St. Patrick’s Day around the world is mostly associated with parades, wacky green hats, shamrocks and Guinness! This modern take differs hugely from the historical religious celebration of Ireland’s patron saint. We have decided to inform you of some of the lesser known facts about St. Patrick.

 

St Patrick

 

  1. Patrick wasn’t actually Irish. He was Welsh.
  2. Patrick was actually a slave. He was kidnapped by raiders from the coast of Wales and brought to Ireland.
  3. Legend says that St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland. However, there were no snakes in Ireland.
  4. The original colour associated with St. Patrick is blue, not green as commonly believed.
  5. The Shamrock is not the symbol of Ireland, it is the harp.
  6. The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in Boston in 1737. It was organised by a group of Irish emigrants who wanted to commemorate their heritage.
  7. It’s unlikely that St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. The first Christian mission to Ireland, for which we have definite and reliable data, was that of St. Palladius.
  8. Patrick’s Day was a dry holiday in Ireland until 1970. Today apart from the colour green, the activity most associated with St. Patrick’s Day is drinking. However, Irish law, from 1903 to 1970, declared St. Patrick’s Day a religious observance. That meant no alcohol was served throughout the day. The law was overturned in 1970, when St. Patrick’s Day was reclassified as a national holiday and not a church holiday.
  9. Guinness sells about 5.5 million pints of Guinness on any given day, however that figure rises to an astounding 13 million on St. Patrick’s Day.

Shamrock

 

All the team at ACET wish you a great weekend and we hope that you enjoy the festivities!

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Happy Christmas to one and all!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…Holly

Things have been getting really festive here at ACET. We have had Christmas Jumper Fridays, our school is decked out in fairy lights and we have decorated our tree in the hallway. Now we want to spread our festive happiness!

We have enlisted help from some of our students so that we can share some festive greetings in international languages.

Season’s Greetings in Arabic….. Milad Majid!!

OmaniThe two Mohammeds from Oman!

Season’s Greetings in French…. Joyeaux Noel!!

FrenchAlexia and Camille from France!

Season’s Greetings in Korean and Spanish…..해피 크리스마 and Feliz Navidad!!

KoreanRenée from Korea and Andrea from Venezuela!

Season’s Greetings in Portuguese…. Feliz Natal!

PortugalRenata, Leticia and Larissa from Brazil!

Season’s Greetings in Spanish and Portuguese…. Feliz Navidad!

SpainOriol and Maria from Spain and Marcello from Brazil!

Season’s Greetings in Italian….. Buon Natale!!  

ItalyMichele & Tommaso from Italy!

Finally from all of us here at ACET, Season’s Greetings to you in Irish…. Nollaig Shóna duit!!!

ACETHo Ho Ho!!!………Merry Christmas one & all!!

Holly

Festive Fun from ACET

We’re getting into the full swing of Christmas here at ACET so in keeping with the Christmas theme here are some useful acrostics!

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Christmas Grammar

C           causative                    I am busy, so I had my gifts wrapped in the shop.

H           homophones              The carol singers are here, I can hear them outside.  

            infinitive                      Remember to buy a holly wreath for the door.  

S           suffix                           Decorate the tree with homemade decorations.  

T           transitive                     Children love to decorate the tree!

M          modal                          You should put up your Christmas tree soon. 

A           auxiliary                      I have always enjoyed Christmas.

S           superlative                  I hope you have the best Christmas ever!

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Christmas Food

C         is for                            Cherries in the Christmas cake

H         is for                            Delicious baked ham

I           is for                            Ice cream with Christmas pudding

S          is for                            Spices added to make tasty mulled wine

T          is for                            Turkey – a Christmas day essential

M         is for                            Mashed potato – another key ingredient

A         is for                            Apple cider – a warming drink on a cold winter’s night

S          is for                            Sweets – a tasty treat indeed

Christmas is a time to enjoy yourself and have fun with your family and friends. 

See how many words you can think of beginning with the letters of Christmas in these categories. I’ve given an idea to get started:

Sport and Hobbies                              C is for            Chess

Travel and Holidays                            C is for            Cruise

School and Education                        C is for            Correct

Merry Christmas!

From Laura