Not all Saints wear saffron

Marketing DepartmentCulture

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the greenest of them all? No not the person who drank the most… St. Patrick of course! Once a year people in Ireland unite to celebrate one of the greatest man in their history – Saint Patrick. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, Saint Patrick was a priest (formerly known … Read More

Dublin Walking Tour

Marketing DepartmentExploring Dublin, Exploring Ireland

Taste of Irish history Last Friday, thanks to our special tour guide Stig, the students of Alpha discovered a lot about amazing Irish history. Even though the Republic of Ireland as a country is not that old, the history of Ireland goes way back. In case you’ve missed that, Ireland was under the occupation of Great Britain for more than … Read More

Gǒu nián jíxiáng (狗年吉祥)!

Marketing DepartmentCulture

a.k.a dumpling overload Some of you may know, some of you don’t, but the Year of the Dog is about to start. Curious about the meaning of it? So were we. Luckily, our students Lin and Tian Min helped me discover Chinese cultural heritage. Just keep reading. Tradition of the Chinese New Year has been here for more than (get … Read More

Valentine’s Day

Marketing DepartmentCulture

International views of Valentine’s Day We asked our beloved students, how is Valentine’s Day usually celebrated in their country and here’s what they had to say. Stephanos (45) from Greece: “The Valentine’s Day in Greece is nowadays a commercial holiday. I don’t think we do anything special, apart from other European countries. We give presents to our partners, especially chocolate, … Read More

12 things you didn’t know about pancakes.

Simon TurnerCulture

It’s Pancake Tuesday today and we are celebrating by… you guessed it…. eating lots of pancakes. On Pancake Tuesday 52 million eggs, 26.000 litres of Clark’s Maple Syrup, approx. 13 million kilos of plain flour and more than 232 million litres of milk. Greedy much? Before the rise of baking soda, cooks used to use the so-called “secret ingredient” – … Read More

Things to do during the Christmas holidays!

Simon TurnerAbout Dublin & Ireland, Exploring Dublin

My name is Adnan and I am the current Marketing Intern. If you are staying in Dublin during Christmas (like me), there are lots of cool things to do over the next two weeks. Here are just a few I picked out.   Explore the city – Dublin Discovery Trails: First, I advise you to download the “Dublin Discovery Trails” app. This … Read More

7 keys to the secret doors to Irish literature tradition you must visit in Dublin

Marketing DepartmentAbout Dublin & Ireland, Culture, Exploring Dublin

Sweney's pharmacy

Dublin, one of the cultural capitals of Europe, is home of some of the most enduring writers of the English language. It can boast 4 nobel literature prizes (William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney), who only represent a tiny fraction of the great writers Ireland has produced. It is then worth to explore the literary … Read More

Gallery of Photography and Hot Press Cover exhibition

Marketing DepartmentCollege News, Culture

Gallery of Photography

One of the features that make Dublin one of the most interesting cities in Europe is its cultural vitality. If you are a culture buff, or even if you’re just a curious person, this city has an incredible lot to offer. You can enjoy some of the beautiful works of art humanity has realised or you can learn the science … Read More

Bloomsday festival in Dublin!

Marketing DepartmentAbout Dublin & Ireland, Exploring Dublin

James Joyce Statue

James Joyce is one of the most famous sons of Dublin, and Dubliners sure are extremely proud of having such an eminent figure among their compatriots. They are so proud of it that each year on june 16th, officially since 1954, the city celebrates Bloomsday, the day depicted in Joyce’s Ulysses. Wait a second, maybe I am going to fast here. … Read More

Hugh Lane Gallery

Marketing DepartmentCulture, Exploring Dublin

Hugh Lane Entry

Other than music and sports, Ireland has also a strong visual art tradition. For this reason, one of the guided tours we offer to our students is to one of the most important art galleries in Dublin, as well as the first known public gallery of modern art in the world. Coincidentally, this gallery is located at a few minute … Read More

Visit at the whiskey museum

Marketing DepartmentAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture, Exploring Dublin

There aren’t many things that scream “Ireland” more than whiskey. Whiskey is, in fact, not only a delicious liquor, but is also strictly connected with Irish history. Just think that the word whiskey is so old that it comes from the old Irish language, gaelic, Uisce beatha, “the water of life”, which was then mispronounced into whiskey by the Vikings … Read More

Hill of Tara and Trim Castle

Marketing DepartmentAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Exploring Ireland

Trim Castle

One of the ways to fully get a grasp of a foreign culture is to learn about its past. If you’re staying in Dublin, you are lucky: at less than one hour drive from the capital, there are two of the most representative places in Irish history, both for their symbolic and cultural value: the Hill of Tara and Trim … Read More

Traditional Irish Music

Marketing DepartmentAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture

It is incredible how, despite its dimension, Ireland managed to preserve such a strong tradition and impose its culture on the rest of the world, considering it has a small population of 4 million people. One of the most recognisable features of Irish culture is surely its traditional music. Even to those who don’t know anything about Ireland, a beat … Read More

Strollin’ in Dublin – episode 2

Marketing DepartmentAbout Dublin & Ireland, College News

The wait is over! The new episode of Strollin’ in Dublin is finally out! This time we walked to the area known as Silicon docks, the most modern area in Dublin, which houses many of the European Headquarters of some important high-tech companies such as Google and Facebook. However, as you can see, many things caught our attention as we … Read More

Six whys of the Irish culture

Marketing DepartmentAbout Dublin & Ireland, Culture, The Irish And...

Irish symbols

I find Irish culture to be extremely fascinating. Probably it’s because, being Ireland an insular Country, it managed to preserve many of its peculiarities, probably it’s just because I’m foreign and everything seems weird to me. Whatever the case, I often find myself, with a mixed feeling of curiosity and confusion, wondering “But why?”. I thought it would be interesting … Read More

Croke Park

Marketing DepartmentExploring Dublin

Croke park group photo

To be honest, I’m not too much of a sport person, so I didn’t know what to expect from the visit at the Croke park. But actually, there is much more than sports to this massive stadium. Trust me, this place is really worth a visit. From an architectural point of view, it is the third largest stadium in Europe … Read More

9 things you must know to get around in Dublin

Marketing DepartmentBlog, Exploring Dublin, Student Resources

Transport Links

As I have already mentioned in a previous post before, I’m terrible with public transport. It takes me forever to understand a new transport system, so I usually give up and walk everywhere instead. But we don’t want you to suffer the same fate and find yourself running a daily marathon, so I studied hard and prepared a handy guide … Read More