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!


 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!



Proverb of the Week!



This proverb describes the feeling when sometimes we would be happier in a different set of circumstances.

This commonly quoted phrase describes the tendency to long for things that we do not have.

Example: ‘If we lived in Australia, we could have a barbeque in the sun every evening. Oh well, the grass is always greener on the other side.’

bbq thinking

In Ireland the phrase is often shortened to ‘far away hills are greener’.

The proverb features in this song by Travis

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


Good Friday in Ireland

Imagine – only religious programmes on television, no shops open, no cinemas open, no sporting events, no meat or treats to eat and no alcohol. In the past in Ireland Good Friday was a day of penance, fasting, and prayer. People didn’t eat until midday and then, all they had was some bread and water. Many people went to church to complete the Stations of the Cross and families visited the graveyards to pray for their dead.

Nowadays most of these restrictions have been lifted. Although it is one of the most important days in the Christian calendar, it is not a holiday in the Republic. Banks and other public institutions are closed, but shops stay open. 

And – no alcohol can be sold on Good Friday; pubs are closed, and nightclubs close at midnight on the night before (Holy Thursday).  However, if you are a travelling, you can buy alcohol at the airport and on trains. You’ll need a ticket to prove it, though!!

So – are all the pubs closed? No, if the pub serves meals or is in a popular tourist spot, you can eat there and drink non alcoholic drinks. So as they say,’ there’s nothing as queer as a pub with no beer’.

Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday  


1 cup milk
2 TBSP yeast
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter, melted, cooled
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
4 eggs
  5 cups flour
1 1/3 cups currants or raisins
1 egg white Glaze:
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
1/2 tsp. lemon extract
1- 2 tbsp milk


In a small saucepan, heat milk to very warm.  Pour warm milk in the bowl of mixer and sprinkle yeast over. Mix to dissolve and let sit for 5 minutes.

With mixer running at low speed, add sugar, salt, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and eggs. Gradually add flour, dough will be wet and sticky, and continue kneading with dough hook until smooth, about 5 minutes. Detach bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 30-45 minutes.

Return bowl to mixer and knead until smooth and elastic, for about 3 more minutes. Add currants or raisins and knead until well mixed. At this point, dough will still be fairly wet and sticky. Shape dough in a ball, place in a buttered dish, cover with plastic wrap and let rise overnight in the refrigerator. Excess moisture will be absorbed by the morning.

Let dough sit at room temperature for about a half-hour. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces (in half, half again, etc., etc.). Shape each portion into a ball and place on baking sheet, about 1/2 inch apart. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

In the meantime, pre-heat oven to 400° F.

When buns have risen, take a sharp  knife and carefully slash buns with a cross shape all the way across the top. Brush them with egg white and place in oven. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350° F, then bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack. Whisk together glaze ingredients, and spoon over buns in the cross pattern made earlier. Serve warm with butter, if possible.

7Have a Happy Easter from the ACET Team!!