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

Anyone but Bono… (Part Two)

Stephen ShorttAbout 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)

Stephen ShorttAbout 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

Soorin Lee’s Testimonial

Stephen ShorttBlog, Student Testimonials

“I won’t forget this experience. The staff really supported me. I could meet a lot of people and learn about different cultures.” – Soorin Lee from South Korea

Aleyna Adle Altay’s Testimonial

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“I was in Dublin for 3 months. I had great time there and really good experience. I loved to go to school because of Alpha staff and teachers they are funny, friendly and most important thing they are good teachers. I met a lot of friends from different countries. Hope to come back again in my future to Alpha.” – … Read More

Sergio Lopez Segovia’s Testimonial

Stephen ShorttStudent Testimonials

“Only words of gratitude for all Alpha’s staff, I could improve my English and meet great people there. Eight amazing months!! Thanks for everything mates.” – Sergio Lopez Segovia from Spain