Samhain – Halloween in Cork

Shandon Dragon

Samhain is an ancient Gaelic festival that prehistorically marked the end of the harvest season. It took place annually around sunset on October 31st. Modern day Halloween celebrations throughout the world have deviated from ancient Samhain celebrations but in Ireland we have maintained a strong tradition of continuing to mark this ancient pagan ritual through a variety of cultural events. Cork city in particular boasts a wonderful showcase of culture for Halloween. Cork Community Artlink are the initiative behind the Shandon Dragon Festival that takes place annually attracting 100’s of spectators to the streets of the Shandon area.

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Events commence on Thursday, October 29th with a grand opening at the festival HQ, the marquee in St Anne’s Park by Shandon Bell tower. While there is a lengthy programme of events and workshops taking place across the weekend, one of the highlights will undoubtedly be the Circus Cabaret taking place on Friday night from 7.30pm. It promises to be a magnificent display of dance and acrobatic talent.

However, the pinnacle of the weekend is the Parade of the Shandon Dragon taking place on Halloween night. Participants from a wide variety of community groups will perform in costumes and on floats that are the result of months of preparation and artistic work. Visitors and locals are encouraged to line the streets to watch this spectacular display of fire poi, circus and dance performers from 7pm on October 31st.

We hope that you have enjoyable Samhain weekend and that you participate in or attend some of the fun events that are scheduled here in Cork over the next few days.

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                                                          Happy Halloween!!!!

For full event listings for Dragon of Shandon festival see the following website link.

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Team ACET Participate in Cork Women’s Mini Marathon

Team ACET Participate in Cork Women’s Mini Marathon

On Sunday 27th of September, a team from ACET joined over 12,000 participants in the Cork Women’s Mini Marathon. Enjoying the warm sunshine of an Indian summer, we embarked on the 4 mile course among a sea of colour. Local charities were the beneficiaries of the funds raised in the Evening Echo Mini Marathon, and it was wonderful to see so many people raising funds for such worthy causes.marathon crowd

For the duration of the event, spirits were jolly and we were entertained by some of the costumes and wigs sported by the male participants in the event.

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Streets and footpaths were lined with well wishers and the families of those taking part.  At the finish line, the atmosphere was electric and a huge outdoor party took place at Kennedy Park, where medals and goody bags were presented to finishers. We vowed that we would enlist again next year and that we would entice dozens more to join team ACET for next year’s event!

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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.

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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! 

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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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