Great Comedy drama set in the beautiful city of Cork

Meet Conor and Jock, the delinquent stars of The Young Offenders film, are back on our screens – TV screens this time (RTÉ2, Thursdays, 9.30pm).

Click this link to see a trailer.

Written by Irish writer/director Peter Foott, the film has made a smooth transition from the big to the small screen. The characters and the tone and the Cork charm are just as clear in the TV show as in the film.

The two lovable offenders, Jock and Conor, who are supposed to be attending school, spend most of their time carrying out petty crime.

The rest of the cast including, the garda sergeant, Conor’s mum, the school principal, all add to the fun and to some moving exchanges between the characters.

The BBC have already commissioned a second series.

Click this link to follow a great interview with the director and the cast.


Love Is In The Air!

Love is in the air at ACET this week! 

ACET Hearts

Today in Ireland we associate Valentine’s Day with customs of purchasing flowers, chocolates, jewellery and the exchange of greeting cards. However these customs have only come into existence in the second half of the 20th Century. February 14th was originally a day in recognition of a third century Roman martyr, Saint Valentine.

 We have asked our students from around the world if Valentine’s Day is celebrated in their country and what traditions they have when celebrating it.

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Out Catalan students tell us that in Catalonia the legend of Sant Jordi is celebrated on the 23rd of April each year. This celebration surpasses Valentine’s Day in Catalonia. A book or a single rose is often exchanged between couples and also friends.

Saint Jordi

Our Omani students say that Valentine’s Day exists in Oman but it is not as commercialised an event as it is in the Western countries.

 Our students from France say that the French Valentine’s customs are similar to those in Ireland.

Our Swiss students have said that Valentines is also a big day on February 14th, but that   a singles day on the 13th February is also on the rise!


Our Korean students say that while Valentine’s Day takes place on February 14th  there is a different custom in Korea. Women give presents to the men primarily. There are also several other special dates in Korea. For example White Day on March 14th is the day when men  give gifts to women.  Black Day takes place on April 14th. This is day for single people to celebrate!


Our Brazilians say that in Brazil Valentine’s Day occurs on June 12th . Similar to here it is a commercial event which sees restaurants, florists and hotels offering Valentine’s weekend offers.

In Venezuela , people meet with friends and exchange small gifts quite similar to the Secret Santa custom at Christmas time. This way everybody gets a gift.


We hope that you enjoy Valentine’s weekend.

Lots of love from the ACET team !!

Valentin'e Heart

Idiom of the Week!

The Apple of My Eye heart

If one is to describe somebody as the Apple of My Eye, it implies that they cherish or favour someone and think more highly of that person than others. It is also commonly associated with describing or expressing feelings of love for someone.

For example. ‘I was so deeply in love. She was the apple of my eye.’


The origins of this commonly used phrase date back to Biblical times. The first known use of the phrase appeared in the King James Bible which was one of the first known translations of the Bible from Hebrew into the English language. This version of the Bible became the most widely printed in history.

Later again the phrase famously appeared in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights’ Dream’.

In more recent years the phrase featured as the name of song by the popular Irish band Bell X 1.

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Valentine’s Day!

DovesInteresting facts about Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is on February 14 and its name comes from an early Christian martyr named Saint Valentine. It is traditionally a day when lovers express their love for each other by giving each other flowers, chocolates and cards. Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart, doves, and Cupid.  Nowadays, St Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world. People in love buy presents, send messages and cards to their lovers.

In middle ages, names of young men and women were pulled from a bowl and were declared each other’s valentines. These names were then pinned to their sleeves for everyone to witness for one week. That’s how the expression, “to wear your heart on your sleeve” originated.

Valentine’s Day is the number 1 holiday for florists.  People who buy flowers on this day are 73% men and only 27% women.  Each colour of rose sent on Valentine’s day have some meaning e.g. red rose means love and respect, pink says, “I am having sweet thoughts about you” and white rose stands for purity and states, “I am worthy of you”. Also the number of roses also counts for instance, 1 stands for love at first sight; 12 is to say, “I love you.”

In late 1800s the first box of chocolate was introduced by Richard Cadbury for Valentine’s Day. Each year more than 35 million heart shaped chocolate boxes are sold on Valentine’s Day.   

In Japan they have two Valentine’s Day. The first is February 14th when girls give dark chocolate to the boys they like and the second is on March 14th when boys give cookies or white chocolate to the girls they like.


Love Expressions

fall for someone: to fall in love

love is blind: when you love someone, you do not notice their faults

catch someone’s eye: to be attractive to another person

fall head over heels for someone: to completely fall in love

be lovey-dovey: describes a couple who show how much they are in love

Why don’t you try to write a love poem to celebrate!

I love you, I love you, I love you, I do

My love is forever and truly for you

Be my Valentine and I’ll be yours

We’ll be love even when the rain pours

I’m happy, so happy that you are mine

Say you love me and we’ll be fine

Poem by ACET’s Laura!

Facts with a little help from and