Glendalough – The valley of the two lakes!

Simon TurnerBlog, 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

Simon TurnerCollege 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

What’s on in Dublin this September?

Stephen ShorttCollege News

What's-on

Even though the summer is drawing to a close, there are still plenty of exciting things to do in Dublin this September! No matter what you’re interested in, you are sure to find something to take your fancy while you are studying English with us here in Alpha College this September. Culture Night Friday 16th September This night of entertainment and … 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

Pancake Tuesday

Stephen ShorttBlog

Pancake Tuesday in Alpha College!

Marianne showed off her pancake flipping skills (with home made pancake batter) and we brought in lots of pre-prepared pancakes for the students to enjoy at lunchtime!

Posted by Alpha College of English on Tuesday, 9 February 2016

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

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

Step Into Innovation

Stephen ShorttBlog, Student Blog, Student Resources

This year the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) have granted another edition of STEP INTO INNOVATION course, which is within the Climate KIC program.  This course is aimed at innovative and creative people and aims to learn how to turn an innovative idea into a reality (products, services, methodology) and give out in the consumer market.