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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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.

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 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!

Winter chill arrives in Cork

As we are experiencing a particularly cold spell of weather around Ireland this week, we asked our students how they are adjusting to the Irish weather.

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Our Swiss students have no fear of the cold weather! Here they are seen enjoying the snow.

 Andrea  Hernandez Arzola – Venezuela

“I think that everyone expects that there will be constant rain in Ireland. However when you actually arrive here, you are pleasantly surprised. You can see the sun, mist, rain and blue sky all in one day in Ireland.  I remember looking out the window at the snowfall and thinking how beautiful it looked, so I took this photo. I saw that the temperature on my phone said 1 degree. I climbed back into bed!”

Andrea Cork City snowfall night

 

 

Lyncoln, Douglas & Gerson – Brazil

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“The air is so fresh, it is amazing.The air is cool unlike the 35 degrees heat at home in Brazil at the moment. We are used to such warm temperatures. This is new for us, but it’s not a problem. When you buy a warm jacket and invest in a pair of gloves then it is all good”.

 

 

Aurelio Bauer – Switzerland

“Cork weather at the moment feels just like home to me! Only, I wish I had my snow board with me to tackle some of the snow covered hills that I see around the edge of the city. I love to snow board in Switzerland.”

Aurelio Bauer Snowboarding

A mid-air shot of Aurelio snowboarding in Samnaun in Switzerland.

Mohammed Al Quasmi – Oman

Mohammed

“It was a big change when I arrived in Ireland last year. This winter is my second time ever seeing snow. I studied in Ireland last year also so I got my first introduction to snow then. Now in Oman the temperatures are about 23 degrees in the day time and it drops to about 17 degrees in the night time.”

 

  Mercé & Dolors – Spain

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“The weather in Cork now is similar to the temperatures at home in Catalonia right now. In the mornings here, there is frost on the grass and footpath around the house of my host family. We look forward to visiting Blarney Castle at the weekend. We have seen spectacular photos of the castle in the snow.”

Blarney Castle in the snow

 

 

All the ACET team hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

 

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What did our students get up to this week?

 

We asked some of our students what fun things they did in Cork this week.

 

Reto Felix Muehlemann

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“I went to an improvised drama session at the Camden Palace on Tuesday night. It was great fun. It takes place once a month. I’m going to get some more classmates to come to it with me next month.”

The Camden Palace is a community Arts Centre located on Camden Quay in the city centre. For a full list of events you can check their website www.camdenpalacehotel.org or see Facebook.

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Nicolas Tetard & Silvan Achermann 

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“We went to the Céili dancing class last night in Clancy’s. It was brilliant fun. The Irish dancing is crazy! Once you realise that everybody is learning it for the first time and that nobody is looking at you in particular, then you can really get involved in the moves. We are going to go every week!”

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Irish Céili dance classes take place every Tuesday night at 8pm in Clancy’s Bar on Marlboro St.

For more information on Irish Céili dance classes check out their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CeilibytheLee

 

 

Julie Jacquelin & Julie De Corte

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“We stayed late at school on Monday evening and hung out playing board games! It was simple fun!”

 

 

Anna Delia Rodríguez

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“I’ve signed up for a Knitting Club that starts this evening at the wool shop close by the school. It is a good way of meeting people and taking part in a creative activity.”

 The group meets at Vibes and Scribes on Maccurtain Street on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-12:30 and on Thursday evenings from 5-7pm. It is free to join. They say to simply bring your knitting or crochet and good conversation! 

Check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/vibesandscribesartscrafts

 

 Have a wonderful weekend from all the team at ACET!

 

Student life in Cork

Student life in Cork

What to do?

We asked some of our students how they spend their free time in Cork after school.

Pascal Maerchy

Pascal

“In the evenings when my studies are finished, I have been socialising!! I have been to many of the pubs across the city. We all love to go to The Vicarstown and drink Guinness, even though we know that Beamish is the preferred stout in Cork.”

Guinness

 

 

Martin Skoloud

Martin

“I booked the Cliffs of Moher tour at the school and went on Saturday. The Cliffs of Moher were amazing. It was a particularly windy and cold day but even then it’s an amazing experience. I recommend that others should visit these cliffs during their time at ACET.”


Cliffs of Moher

Vera Silberring

Vera    

“So far I have only explored the city centre. I love the small streets throughout the city that have no cars. Along these streets there are so many little coffee shops and vintage styled pubs for people to enjoy.”

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Flavia Schildknecht

Flavia

“I have only just arrived to Cork on Sunday. So far I have found that Cork people are really friendly! I’m planning to visit Blarney Castle at the weekend so I look forward to that!”

Blarney

What are your favourite places in Cork?