7 keys to the secret doors to Irish literature tradition you must visit in Dublin

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Culture, Exploring Dublin

Sweney's pharmacy

Dublin, one of the cultural capitals of Europe, is home of some of the most enduring writers of the English language. It can boast 4 nobel literature prizes (William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney), who only represent a tiny fraction of the great writers Ireland has produced. It is then worth to explore the literary … Read More

Gallery of Photography and Hot Press Cover exhibition

Sara FrauCollege News, Culture

Gallery of Photography

One of the features that make Dublin one of the most interesting cities in Europe is its cultural vitality. If you are a culture buff, or even if you’re just a curious person, this city has an incredible lot to offer. You can enjoy some of the beautiful works of art humanity has realised or you can learn the science … Read More

Bloomsday festival in Dublin!

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Exploring Dublin

James Joyce Statue

James Joyce is one of the most famous sons of Dublin, and Dubliners sure are extremely proud of having such an eminent figure among their compatriots. They are so proud of it that each year on june 16th, officially since 1954, the city celebrates Bloomsday, the day depicted in Joyce’s Ulysses. Wait a second, maybe I am going to fast here. … Read More

Hugh Lane Gallery

Sara FrauCulture, Exploring Dublin

Hugh Lane Entry

Other than music and sports, Ireland has also a strong visual art tradition. For this reason, one of the guided tours we offer to our students is to one of the most important art galleries in Dublin, as well as the first known public gallery of modern art in the world. Coincidentally, this gallery is located at a few minute … Read More

Visit at the whiskey museum

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture, Exploring Dublin

There aren’t many things that scream “Ireland” more than whiskey. Whiskey is, in fact, not only a delicious liquor, but is also strictly connected with Irish history. Just think that the word whiskey is so old that it comes from the old Irish language, gaelic, Uisce beatha, “the water of life”, which was then mispronounced into whiskey by the Vikings … Read More

Hill of Tara and Trim Castle

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Exploring Ireland

Trim Castle

One of the ways to fully get a grasp of a foreign culture is to learn about its past. If you’re staying in Dublin, you are lucky: at less than one hour drive from the capital, there are two of the most representative places in Irish history, both for their symbolic and cultural value: the Hill of Tara and Trim … Read More

Traditional Irish Music

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture

It is incredible how, despite its dimension, Ireland managed to preserve such a strong tradition and impose its culture on the rest of the world, considering it has a small population of 4 million people. One of the most recognisable features of Irish culture is surely its traditional music. Even to those who don’t know anything about Ireland, a beat … Read More

Strollin’ in Dublin – episode 2

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, College News

The wait is over! The new episode of Strollin’ in Dublin is finally out! This time we walked to the area known as Silicon docks, the most modern area in Dublin, which houses many of the European Headquarters of some important high-tech companies such as Google and Facebook. However, as you can see, many things caught our attention as we … Read More

Six whys of the Irish culture

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Culture, The Irish And...

Irish symbols

I find Irish culture to be extremely fascinating. Probably it’s because, being Ireland an insular Country, it managed to preserve many of its peculiarities, probably it’s just because I’m foreign and everything seems weird to me. Whatever the case, I often find myself, with a mixed feeling of curiosity and confusion, wondering “But why?”. I thought it would be interesting … Read More

Croke Park

Sara FrauExploring Dublin

Croke park group photo

To be honest, I’m not too much of a sport person, so I didn’t know what to expect from the visit at the Croke park. But actually, there is much more than sports to this massive stadium. Trust me, this place is really worth a visit. From an architectural point of view, it is the third largest stadium in Europe … Read More

9 things you must know to get around in Dublin

Sara FrauBlog, Exploring Dublin, Student Resources

Transport Links

As I have already mentioned in a previous post before, I’m terrible with public transport. It takes me forever to understand a new transport system, so I usually give up and walk everywhere instead. But we don’t want you to suffer the same fate and find yourself running a daily marathon, so I studied hard and prepared a handy guide … Read More

Glendalough – The valley of the two lakes!

Sara FrauBlog, Culture, Exploring Ireland

Glendalough – The valley of the two lakes! In Italian we have a saying: “A Pasquetta piove sempre “ (“It always rains on Easter Monday”).  This Murphy’s law-esque maxim refers to the fact that the traditional excursions and picnics Italians organise the day after Easter, the last day of Spring Holidays, is often ruined by the bad weather.  But still, … Read More

6 reasons choosing an Alpha host family is definitely the best option

Sara FrauCollege News, Culture, Frequently Asked Questions, Host Families

The 6 reasons choosing an Alpha host family is definitely the best option Dublin really is an economically vibrant city and, as such, it attracts a great number of people from the rest of the world, both for studying and working. One of the most fascinating things about this city is, in fact, its cultural diversity and liveliness. Of course, … Read More

Ideas for places to visit in Dublin

Stephen ShorttAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog

Dublin is a city full of history Records go back nearly 2,000 years to when the first people began to live in what was known as Dublin Bay.  As a result, the history of the city of Dublin is extremely interesting, as can be seen by the wide variety of museums in the city.  Perhaps the best of these is … Read More

Event of the Week – Irish Food Market

Simon TurnerBlog, Culture, Exploring Dublin

What's-on

Something to do (eat) this Sunday. Mandy’s event of the week has something in common with Alpha College, it is the Green Door Market. Some people say Irish food is boring but this market will prove that Irish food is just as good as Italian, French, Spanish and even my favourite Mexican! It is also a great way to practise … Read More

If a woman asks a man to marry her today – he cannot refuse!

Stephen ShorttBlog, Culture

Once every four years, an extra day is added to the calendar at the end of February. The Irish version… In Ireland, if a woman asks a man to marry her on February 29th, he cannot refuse! According to the legend, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow this to tradition as sometimes it would take too long for … Read More

Google tour of the 1916 Rising

Stephen ShorttAbout Dublin & Ireland, Culture, Exploring Dublin, Exploring Ireland

This year (2016), Ireland will be celebrating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising which is a pivotal point in the history of Ireland and our move towards independence. There will be many events throughout the year to celebrate the anniversary, obviously with a particular focus on events around Easter time and the Spring. If you go to dublinrising.withgoogle.com you will be … Read More