End of an era for Dublin Airport’s Departure Information Board

Stephen ShorttAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog

After being the centre of information in Dublin Airport’s Terminal 1 for over 10 years, the huge flight information board in the departures area is to be removed and replaced with 15 flight information screens. The change is part of an overall programme to modernise Terminal 1, which is more than 40 years old. Dublin Airport spokeswoman Siobhan O’Donnell said “The … 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

The hour…

Stephen ShorttAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, College News, Culture, Idioms & Phrasal Verbs

So, the hour went forward last weekend. I use the phrase ‘Springs forward, Falls back’ to help me remember. Spring, as in the season it happens in and the forward motion a ‘spring in your step’ implies. Fall, for the way Americans say Autumn, and back, for its collocation with back. Right now I’m trying to get used to the new … 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

What’s on this week…

Simon TurnerAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture, Upcoming Events

The Vintage Night Market. I love visiting markets in cities I visit.  Dublin’s choice of markets is getting better and better.  The last Thursday of every month (Thursday 26th February) from 18.00 – 22.30 there is a night market in the MARTcade in Rathmines.  You will find a variety of shops selling clothes, furniture, food etc… Definitely worth a look. … Read More

Anyone but Bono… (Part Three)

Simon TurnerAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture

Alternatives to U2… The is the third part of my series about Irish music.  I hope you enjoyed the previous blog posts on alternatives to U2.  So we have talked about modern legends, current superstars and now let’s go back for some greats from the past. Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy was formed in 1969 in Dublin.  The band was led … 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

Anyone but Bono… (Part Two)

Simon TurnerAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture

This is part two of my blog series about Irish bands and Irish singers.  The last blog post we looked at some of the modern legends of Irish music (other than U2).  This post we are looking at the newest superstars that are taking the world by storm.  Don’t forget there is a YouTube playlist that accompanies this series. Hozier … Read More

Anyone but Bono… (Part One)

Simon TurnerAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture

Alternatives to U2… When the topic of Irish music comes up in class, I ask students to name some Irish singers or bands.  Nine out of ten students say U2.  Now, I really like U2 and unlike many Irish people, I even like Bono.  This is not what this blog is about.  There are so many other Irish singers and Irish … 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..