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.

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

Language Point : Prepositions of Time

Stephen ShorttBlog, College News, English Tutorials, Teachers, Tutorials

We’re very proud of our highly talented and experienced teachers here in Alpha College. Check out the latest in our Language Point videos where Alpha teacher, Katie, outlines the different prepositions used for time expressions. If you’ve any questions or confusions or need help with your English, please contact us through facebook https://www.facebook.com/AlphaCollegeofEnglish or twitter https://twitter.com/AlphaCollegeCom  

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