Excursion to Elizabeth Fort

One of English language teachers Elaine brought a group of enthusiastic students along to the remains of Elizabeth Fort in Cork city.

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Elizabeth Fort is a 17th-century star fort off Barrack Street in Cork, Ireland. Originally built as a defensive fortification on high-ground outside the city walls, the city eventually grew around the fort, and it took on various other roles – including use as a military barracks, prison, and police station.

As of January 2014, the fort is under development as a tourism heritage site.The walls of the fort have been accessible to the public on a regular basis since then and the views of the city are brilliant from here.

The walls of Elizabeth Fort are now open Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12 noon – 5pm.

Sign up for our activities on the Social Programme Board on the Third Floor in room 14.

The  Social Activity Programme is a very important part of the Cork English Academy experience and we try to make sure that we have something for everybody.

Learning in the school is greatly enhanced when students are involved in social and activity events. The Social Activity Programme enables students to continue to learn about Irish culture and heritage while practicing and developing their English language skills in the real world.

We strongly encourage students to take part in the school’s weekly organised events along with promoting activities, festivals and interesting places to visit in Cork and surrounding areas.

School Quiz

The quiz teams got together to practice their English language skills and impress their new English language loving school mates with their general knowledge skills.

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Winners Announcement:

1st place ‘Spanish United’ : Well done Javier, Pilar and Miriam

2nd place ‘The winners’

3rd place aptly named ‘I don’t know’

Round 1 – General Knowledge
Round 2 – Irish Round (this week’s topic was the Irish Civil War)
Round 3 – Picture Round
Round 4 – Unscramble the words
Round 5 – Music Round (30 second soundbites)
Round 6 – General Knowledge.

We also had a lightning round as there was a tie-breaker for 2nd and 3rd place!

1st Prize – €15 plus a trophy
2nd Prize –  €10
3rd Prize – €5
Prize for best team name: A box of chocolates

Next week’s quiz is on at 15.30 on Tuesday 4th May. Sign up for our activities on the Social Programme Board on the Third Floor in room 14.

The  Social Activity Programme is a very important part of the Cork English Academy experience and we try to make sure that we have something for everybody.

Learning in the school is greatly enhanced when students are involved in social and activity events. The Social Activity Programme enables students to continue to learn about Irish culture and heritage while practicing and developing their English language skills in the real world.

We strongly encourage students to take part in the school’s weekly organised events along with promoting activities, festivals and interesting places to visit in Cork and surrounding areas.

New Social Activities

School Bingo

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Last week 30 students signed up for our new Bingo afternoon. It is free to enter and we give away lots of prizes and chocolates. It is a fun way for the students to mingle with other nationalities and levels of English.

 

Scavenger Hunt Around Cork City

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With written clues the students took to the streets and took photos of what they thought we were looking for; be that places, monuments or statues. Prizes: A Paddywagon Tour for 2 people, 2 Hours of 2:1 Tuition, Blarney Castle trip for 2.

Sign up for our activities on the Social Programme Board on the Third Floor in room 14.

The  Social Activity Programme is a very important part of the Cork English Academy experience and we try to make sure that we have something for everybody.

Learning in the school is greatly enhanced when students are involved in social and activity events. The Social Activity Programme enables students to continue to learn about Irish culture and heritage while practicing and developing their English language skills in the real world.

We strongly encourage students to take part in the school’s weekly organised events along with promoting activities, festivals and interesting places to visit in Cork and surrounding areas.

Culture Night Cork 20th September 2013

Culture Night is back!

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Over 90 venues are taking part this year, throwing open their doors on one night and organising  events, from art exhibitions to poetry, orchestras to food markets, deconstructed bicycles to a giant see-saw – and it’s all free.

“Cork Culture Night has been  being completely embraced by the people of Cork with over 43,000 visitors to the venues in 2012. Cork people have a long tradition of supporting arts and culture and with over 150 free events in over 90 venues  they won’t be disappointed with what’s on offer the Culture Night. ,” said Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Catherine Clancy

This is the 4th year of this national event and   Cork has seen phenomenal uptake with visitors increasing every year since its inception. “From the English Market to the Butter Museum and from Blackrock Castle to the Glucksman Gallery, Cork venues have embraced the night again this year by so generously putting on an exciting array of events for free  to engage everyone, both visitors and locals alike,” said City Manager Tim Lucey.

Once more Bus Eireann have come on board and the Culture Bus will be ferrying people from venue to venue free of charge on the night.

Check out full listings here: http://culturenightcork.ie/whats-on/

Cork Cycling Festival 20 – 28th July 2013

The 6th Cork Cycling Festival is calling citizens to saddle up for a week of free events on two wheels. Taking place from 20th – 28th July, the festival will see Corkonians take to their bikes, celebrate bicycle culture, and explore the city by bike.

There are longer cycling tours and shorter spins across the city including music, history, and as Gaeilge cycles. Other events include a night of cycling movies at the Velo Cinema, Bike Fair, cycle safety training, art exhibitions, workshops, and an end-of-festival party and barbeque. Kids’ temporary tattoos will be available again this year after proving a big hit in 2012.

Saturday the 20th of July marks the start of the festival which will be officially opened at the Unitarian Church on Princes Street. Back due to popular demand is photographer Marcin Lewandowski’s Bike Portraits where visitors are invited to come along and get a professional portrait taken with their bicycle. There will also be the opportunity get bikes festival-ready at the Bling your Bike workshop in advance of the photoshoot.

Over the next nine days participants will be treated to a series of cycles in the city with the Cork Curiosity Cycles. For those who’d like to venture further, join in with one of the longer Cork Surrounds Cycles and Long Touring Trips.

For those ready to give their loyal steed a break there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the festival on two feet. Get inspired by film at the Cycle Cinema, take advantage of expert advice at Cycle Safety Training, learn to maintain and repair your bike at the Bike Basics workshop, or admire the work at the Art on Two Wheels Exhibition.

Saturday 27th will see the second edition of the rollicking Vintage Velo Run, followed by a Party & Barbeque which will feature the return of the hugely popular My Lovely Bike  beauty contest as well as Bike Polo.

The Bike Fair is in its second year and takes place on Sunday 28th July. Last year saw stands coming from all over the country to showcase and retail the very best in bicycle accessories and fashion as well as bikes of all shapes and styles, as well as food and refreshment stalls. The 2012 event was very well supported and organisers are hoping that the 2013 edition will have the same buzz.

 

Follow this link for a full programme of events: http://www.corkcyclingfestival.com