ACET student Maria Teresa Font Amigo, gives us an account of her recent visit to the coastal town of Cobh, just outside Cork city.
“Last Saturday, I visited the seaside town of Cobh just outside Cork city by train. The train left from Cork at twelve o’clock and arrived to Cobh at half past twelve.
In Cobh, I saw the station, the Cathedral, the landscape and also I went to Titanic Experience museum and Cobh Museum. In Cobh there are museums dedicated to the Titanic and Lusitania. We saw an exhibition which was very interesting about Lusitania – A Day In May. At the moment the theme is very much involved in Lusitania as it the anniversary of the date it sank many years ago off Cobh during the 1st World War.
The weather wasn’t good on this day, because it was windy and wet but we enjoyed the experience equally. However I can advise other people to visit this town at this time the museums are filled with interesting topics. We ate in a restaurant and watched the ships in the sea. A great and relaxing day.”
Why not spend some time getting to know Cork city?
Take the 215 bus route to Blarney Castle and get the gift of the gab by kissing the Blarney Stone! Admission price is €11 with an ACET student card. Afterward, why not stop for a cup of Barry’s Tea in the Stable Yard café located within the picturesque grounds of Blarney Castle.
After Blarney Castle and your cup of tea, why not visit the largest Irish Souvenir Shop in Ireland (and maybe even the world) at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Afterwards, when you are laden down with souvenirs and kitted out in your new Irish woolly jumper, you can head over the road to one of the traditional Irish pubs in the village square for a pint of Beamish. Here you are sure to enjoy a chat with the locals and maybe even catch traditional Irish music session.
If you’re around the city centre for an afternoon, we recommend that you call into the English Market for a food experience like no other. With several restaurants and cafes to choose from and the best artisan food produce in all of Ireland, you will be spoiled for choice. Five minutes walk from the city centre is St the legendary St Patrick’s Hill. Located at the top of this hill is a quiet and lesser known park called ‘The Camp Field’. From here you can witness a panoramic view overlooking the iconic Shandon Tower and the cityscape of Cork.
On your return journey to the city centre, stop in for a cup of Cork’s finest coffee in Cork Coffee Roasters on Bridge St .You will need it after your pleasant day of sightseeing.
ACET students enjoyed an outdoor class to witness the rare Solar Eclipse.
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.
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.
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.
We only have to wait until 2026 to enjoy the next Solar Eclipse of this kind, and we are looking forward to it already!