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.

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ACET Students Witness Rare Solar Eclipse

ACET students enjoyed an outdoor class to witness the rare Solar Eclipse.

Eclipse Dog Day Media

Last Friday 20th March saw the occurrence of a rare Solar Eclipse. Those lucky to be in Cork on Friday enjoyed the clearest viewing conditions for witnessing this rare event. Students at ACET enjoyed an outdoor class in order to witness the spectacle. Students and teachers met early at the school and walked the short distance up Patrick’s Hill to an elevated green area that proved to be the perfect viewing point.

Panoramic

We experimented with different ways of viewing the eclipse. Camille provided slides of welding glass allowing everyone a glimpse of the action without endangering their eyesight.  Patrick brought a colander through which we viewed the hundreds of shadows of the eclipse onto a sheet of paper. Others experimented with CD’s and paper cut outs.

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In addition to the eclipse itself, everybody enjoyed the breath-taking panoramic view of the city skyline. Overall a great morning was had with everybody enjoying their morning outing in the fresh air immensely.

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We only have to wait until 2026 to enjoy the next Solar Eclipse of this kind, and we are looking forward to it already!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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Fundraiser held at ACET in aid of The Irish Heart Foundation

Red Hot Day @ ACET

Irish Heart Foundation fundraiser

Last Friday 13th of February ACET students and staff dedicated some time during their lunch break to raise money for a very worthy cause, The Irish Heart Foundation. The fundraiser coincided with the beginning of Valentine’s weekend and was fittingly called Red Hot Day!

Poster Irish Heart

Some familiar ACET faces Michael, Patrick, Oisin and Kevin from the teaching staff underwent a makeover in what we called ACET’s Next Top Model. Once the beautification was complete, all four modelled on our ‘catwalk’ at reception and entertained us all.

4 models

 

 

The winners of the raffle were also announced last Friday. Some excellent prizes were kindly donated by our neighbours on MacCurtain Street including vouchers for Gourmet Burger Bistro, The Shelbourne Bar, The Cork Arms, Pronto Cafe, Paddywagon Tourism and Greene’s Restaurant. Tickets were sold throughout the week and the response from students and staff was excellent.

 

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Great fun was had by all and a significant sum was raised for The Irish Heart Foundation. A huge THANK YOU to all who supported and participated in the ACET fundraiser.