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”.

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

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Outdoor Chill-out Spots in Cork city

Cork has been experiencing some beautiful sunshine and balmy temperatures throughout the past week. To keep our students informed of some of the hidden gems across the city, we have compliled a short list of places that are ideal for chilling out on a sunny day.

 

  1. Fitzgerald’s Park

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This beautifully kept park is Cork’s best secret.Here is what some visitors to Fitzgerald’s Park said on Tripadvisor:

“Hidden gem of Cork. Spent a lovely sunny afternoon by the river. Beautiful and so well-tended. Generations of Corkonians have enjoyed the beauty and tranquility of this lovely 18 acre park in the heart of the city”

“Much is on offer for free: spectacular views of Sundays Well, the Mardyke and the river Lee, a very popular Café, an interesting Museum, beautifully manicured gardens, swings and slides, lovely trees and shrubs, interesting sculptures and above all a serene ambiance pervades this lovely facility. A visit here is surely a highlight of any visit to the real capital of Ireland”

“Lovely little park with access to the “shaky bridge” and Cork Jail. There is also a cafe and nice outdoor sculptures – really worth visiting!”

For more information check out the following website links.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fitzgeralds-Park/152297411493555?rf=398925493496035

http://www.discoverireland.ie/Arts-Culture-Heritage/fitzgerald-park/44826

 

  1. University College Cork campus

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The magnificent green campus of UCC is an excellent spot for soaking up some summer rays. Toward the end of the academic year the lawns of UCC are dotted with students relaxing, playing frisbee and generally doing anything to avoid studying for end of term exams!

 

  1. The Camp Field on Patrick’s Hill

Patrisk's Hill  GreenThe Camp Field is a lesser known green area at the top of Patrick’s Hill. It’s likely that you will have this area all to yourself!  You can enjoy a panoramic view of Cork city form this gorgeous green site.

 

  1. The Triskel @ Christchurch

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 According to Tripadvisor:

“This is a gem in the heart of Cork City. A must for all visitors”

“Delightful venue for song and dance evening of traditional Irish music. Events on throughout the year. Pleasant bar for interval drinks and outdoor area with seating”

 “Perfect place to hang out on a sunny day they have a fantastic outdoor area which gets the sun all day long”

“Situated in the heart of the old medieval quarter and is the site of the Hiberno-Norsk settlement and origins of the city. A must see”.

“A trendy spot, with the really cool Gulp’d café on the ground floor. On Thursday nights there’s live acoustic music! This is a nice alternative spot if you want a coffee or beer in a nice atmosphere!”

 For further information check out the following website links.

http://triskelartscentre.ie/

https://www.facebook.com/triskelartscentre

  1. Bishop Lucey Park

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Located right in the city centre off the Grand Parade (opposite the English Market) this beautiful park is a perfect place to relax on the grass on a fine day. On sunny days this park is packed with students and office workers soaking up the rays on their lunch break.

The ACET Easter Hunt

 

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The annual Easter Treasure Hunt took place at ACET today. Students arrived full of enthusiasm and were eager to earn the prestigious title of Winner of the ACET Easter Hunt!

With a mountain of chocolate, Easter eggs and treats to be won, there was certainly an incentive to get involved. Laura prepared challenging and witty clues and throughout the morning students set off in search of treasure.

Check out some of the photographs below!

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All of the team here at ACET hope that you have a relaxing and enjoyable Easter Weekend.

We look forward to welcoming back both our current and new students after the weekend.

 

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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.

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

Brazilan Culture Day @ ACET

Group Capoeira Photo

Last Friday, a Brazilian Culture Day was held at the school. The aim of the day was to explore and celebrate aspects of Brazilian culture right here in the middle of Cork! As part of our Brazil Day everyone in the school was encouraged to wear Brazilian colours, so green and yellow dominated throughout the school for the day!

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 Throughout the day we sampled some Brazilian treats and our students from Brazil were delighted to have a day at the school in celebration of their culture. The highlight of the day was Patrick’s Capoeira demonstration in The Wellington Room after class. Patrick from our teaching staff is a Capoeira enthusiast and participates at national level for Ireland. He gave an enthralled audience an insight into the history and background of Capoeira followed by an impressive demonstration with his sidekick, Gringo. Those in attendance got an impressive display of the martial art and some students even expressed interest in taking up Capoeira as a result!

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