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

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

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

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

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

Guinness Storehouse is Europe’s Top Attraction!

Stephen ShorttAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Exploring Dublin

At a recent awards ceremony, Dublin’s very own Guinness Storehouse was crowned the top visitor attraction in all of Europe, beating such iconic as the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace and The Colosseum of Rome. The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin has welcomed over 13 million visitors through it’s famous gates since it opened in 2006 – and many of those visitors have … Read More

How to meet locals in Dublin

Simon TurnerBlog, Exploring Dublin, Student Blog

Join a sports club A goal for many students is to meet local people other than the teachers in their school.  Now the most common place to do this is in the pub but this can be difficult due to the noise, too many pints of Guinness or something else. There are other great options such as joining a sports club. … Read More

Stars on our street!

Stephen ShorttAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, College News, Culture, Exploring Dublin, Exploring Ireland, The Irish And...

Life is never dull here on North Great George’s Street! Again, it’s being used as a location for film crews to use for their scenes. We’ve heard it’s a film called ‘Love & Friendship’. Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale are two of the main actors. The story is from a Jane Austen novella. Jane Austen was a famous English writer … Read More

Pancake Tuesday

Stephen ShorttAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, College News, Culture, Exploring Dublin, Exploring Ireland

Today is Pancake Tuesday in Alpha. Lent (40 days and 40 nights of fasting before Easter) begins tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. Before we fast, we feast. Hence, Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. Pancakes are delicious. In Ireland they’re less like the American style of pancake and more like the French style crépe. We mostly eat them rolled up with sweet toppings … Read More

Chinese New Year Events

Simon TurnerAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Exploring Dublin

Well Wishing Ribbon Ceremony The Chinese New Year is on Thursday 19th of February and there are lots of events happening around Dublin from 14th – 28th February.  I have picked out one that I think would be cool to see. On Wednesday 18th February from 5.30pm until 7.00pm there is Well Wishing Ribbon Ceremony on the Millennium Bridge.  Make your wishes … Read More

Irish Dancing on youtube!

Stephen ShorttAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, College News, Culture, Exploring Dublin, Exploring Ireland, The Irish And...

Michael Flatley, famous Irish-American dancer, came to fame in Riverdance in 1994. He went on to create his own dance show ‘Lord of the Dance’ and ‘Feet of Flames’. He now lives in Cork in a huge house in Fermoy called Castlehyde. He was a guest on a BBC chat show The Graham Norton Show this weekend. In the video… … Read More

Bloomsday!

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

It’s Bloomsday here on North Great George’s Street, and seeing as we’re just about to kick off our summer programme in Belvedere College (where James Joyce attended), check out a short clip of a lecture on Joyce that Keith Payne gave to Alpha students last summer..