St. Patrick’s Day in Cork!

ACET student Andrea Sebé  Fernández gives an account of St. Patrick’s festivities that took place recently in the city.

“On 17th March came the long awaited day for everyone. In the morning everybody was in the parade, in Saint Patrick Street. The streets were packed with thousands of people all so excited. Families, locals and tourists like us all together to celebrate a massive cultural event.

There was music, many people with green customs and lots of good feelings.When the parade was over people some people decided to return home, and then others went to the pubs to listen live Irish music. It is a very busy evening in the city, maybe the busiest night of the whole year. If you wanted you could eat something in the many posts that had restaurants on the street to sell food”.

Paddy's Day Parade

“It was a unique experience and I’m very happy to have been able to live this day in Ireland”. 

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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.

http://www.englishmarket.ie/

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

http://www.marketlane.ie/

http://elvino.ie/

http://www.theoliverplunkett.com/

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.

Male Performesr marathon

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 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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