Photo Competition

Cork English Academy has teamed up with CoinaPhoto for a fantastic competition that will allow you to showcase the beautiful city of Cork and country of Ireland.

With great prizes of All4One vouchers (€400, €200 and €100) there is sure to be lots of hot competition.

The competition is open to a few select language schools in Ireland. It is called ”Ireland through my Lens”. It will be very interesting to see the entries from international English language students around different parts of the country.

Upload your photos to CoinaPhoto before July 3rd.  The winners will be announced on July 17th.

Please remember to include ”CA” as part of the ‘photo title’. This is the code for Cork English Academy students. For example ”CA-Blarney Castle”.

Coinaphoto is a new social media market place and photography platform designed to help photographers and creative individuals to connect with people – locally and around the world – that are looking to sell or buy photographs. Anyone can freely join Coinaphoto and upload their photos for sale.

Thank you and good luck putting your phones and cameras to good work around Cork!

Educational Leave/Bildungsurlaub in Cork City Ireland

Bildungsurlaub or educational leave is a special form of leave from work available to those working in Germany.

Bildungsurlaub allows employees to attend courses on special kinds of topics during their working time – up to 5 days per year. To enable this, courses and institutions need to be acknowledged for Bildungsurlaub.


People thinking about taking educational leave can chose an English language course in Cork English Academy.

Please feel free to view our recognitions here or by logging onto the Federal State websites listed below and search for Cork English Academy:

* Baden Wuerttemberg BW (
* Berlin BE (
* Brandenburg BB (
* Hamburg HH (
* Mecklenburg-Vorpommern MV
* Niedersachsen NI (
* Rheinland-Pfalz RP (
* Sachsen-Anhalt ST (
* Schleswig-Holstein SH (
* Tuehringen TH (

PLEASE NOTE: Berlin requests new recognitions each time Cork English Academy receives a student booking. Please contact us for more information if you are living and working in Berlin and thinking of studying abroad.

Cork English Academy can organise Host Family or Shared Apartment accommodation for your stay in Cork.

St Patrick’s Day Competition

Take a photo at the St. Patrick’s Day Wall near the school reception and use the hashtag #CEAStPatricksDay on Facebook or Instagram to be entered into a draw to win a prize.


  • 1st Prize PaddyWagon Day Tour Vouchers for 2
  • 2nd Prize A Cork hoodie
  • 3rd Prize a voucher for Cafe Gusto

Draw takes place 17.00 Thursday March 16th!

Remember the school will be closed on March 17th. We hope you enjoy the parade where the streets of Cork will come alive with colour, music and pagentry at this year’s Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade taking place on Friday, March 17th at 1pm.

For more information visit

Blackrock Castle and Cork City Gaol

Ireland as an island is known for its ancient castles, stone walls and rolling green fields and cork city is no different.

In these photos some of our English language students can be seen braving the stone fortifications of Cork city where once pirates, invaders and prisoners roamed.

Blackrock Castle on the banks of the River Lee is under 2km from the immediate city centre. Originally developed as a coastal defense fortification in the 16th century the site now houses an observatory, visitor centre and restaurant.

As with many of Cork’s attractions the castle is a great example of where old meets new.

Opened in 2007, the “Cosmos at the Castle” observatory houses an interactive astronomy center which is open to the public, and has exhibits including a “tour of the universe”. 

Another city centre tourist attraction is that of Cork City Gaol, now a museum. A magnificent castle-like building which once housed 19th century prisoners.

Visitors get a fascinating insight into day-to-day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape. Cork City Gaol is one of the finest examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage.

The English Market in Cork City

The foundation for the indoor market was formally laid on September 29th, 1786. This was before the United Sates had its first president!

With such a long tradition of selling fresh produce in one place it is no wonder that today the English Market in Cork City is still a place for people to meet up, chat and shop.

The market is one of Cork’s most visted tourist attractions and in 2011 the people of Cork welcomed the Queen of England to walk through its prized market.

The Cork English Academy English language students love to visit the market in the centre of the city. Students can get a real sense of Cork with the colourful stalls and talkative locals.

The current mix of traders in the English Market represents a diversity as broad as at any time over the centuries of it’s existence.

Small stalls sit alongside larger businesses. Fledgling traders beside long established family businesses passed down from one generation to the next.

Meats and fish, herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, sauces and oils, chocolates and cakes, cheeses and pastas – the Market caters for all culinary tastes and all eating occasions.

You’ll also find crockery, t-shirts, novelty items, clothes alterations and art – an eclectic mix itself creating a diversity of customers, adding further to the unique atmosphere of the English Market.

Having experienced the sights, sounds and smells of the Market, customers can unwind and sample it’s tastes and enjoy the banter from the various café’s and deli’s or get some take away food and sit and enjoy in nearby Bishop Lucy Park.