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

Stephen ShorttBlog, 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…

Stephen ShorttAbout 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)

Stephen ShorttAbout 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

Stephen ShorttAbout 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