Cork MidSummer Festival : Free things to do :)

Cork MidSummer Festival You may be in Cork to study at Cork English College, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out there and party (or eat) once in a while. “The Cork Midsummer Festival helds from the 16th to the 25th of June 2017, is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city…

St. Patrick’s Day in Cork

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day, the most ‘Irish’ time of the year – a day full of shenanigans, tomfoolery, and most importantly, craic. But what really is St. Patrick’s Day? What started off as a religious festival commemorating Christianity in Ireland has turned into a worldwide celebration of Irish heritage and culture. Cork English College is…

Upcoming festivals in Cork

You may be in Cork to study at Cork English College, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out there and party (or eat) once in a while – check out these upcoming festivals for some inspiration for your time off!   Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 24th-29th January This festival, held from the 24th to…

Cork vs Dublin

Did you know that Cork is commonly referred to as the “real capital”? Sure, Dublin may the go-to Irish city for many people, but there are many reasons to choose Cork as your study destination in Ireland. Here are just a few:   Cost Life in Cork is undeniably less expensive than in Dublin. Public…

Urban October – Life in the city

  Are you interested in trying new things, meeting new people and discover different cultures? If so, Cork City Centre is definitely the only place you should be this month! Urban October showcases what “life in the city” means with a diversified spectrum of events for all ages and interests. Cork City has got a lot of…

Christmas Traditions in Ireland

How do you celebrate Christmas in your country? Here are a few Irish Christmas traditions!   The Late Late Toy Show A long- standing Irish Christmas tradition, the Late Late Toy Show is seen by many as the beginning of Christmas. The show is broadcast on Irish television at the beginning of December every year…

10 Things to Do before you leave Cork

Are you going home for Christmas? Here are a few suggestions of things to do before you leave Cork! Fota Wildlife Park & Fota House and Gardens Unleash your wild side at Fota Wildlife park; take a stroll alongside the several species of animals roaming freely around the park, grab a coffee in the park…

The History of Halloween

Did you know that the now-popular Halloween festival is actually over 2,000 years old? The Celts, who lived in Ireland, the UK and northern France used to celebrate their new year on November 1st . The last day of October marked the end of summer and the beginning of the cold, dark winters, a time…

Cork Guinness Jazz Festival 2015

Are you going ‘Jazzing’ this year…? Ireland’s biggest Jazz Festival, the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, takes place this year between 22nd and 26th October 2015. The Festival has been running since 1978 and in that time has attracted more than 1 million visitors to the city. This year, over 40,000 people are expected to fill…

We will miss you Sara!

Sara Minichetti, an Italian intern who was with CEC for 2 months, recently went back to Italy to continue her studies. Before she left, she had this to say about her time with us; I’m Sara. I arrived in CEC (Cork English College) on 21th of July. All the staff was very available and friendly…

Cork Open Heritage Day 2015

Cork Heritage Open Day came back this year for 11 year! It is a unique event, which will take place on  Saturday 22nd August 2015, and celebrates the architecture and history of Cork City. More than 40 buildings will be open for free to the public and can welcome around 15,000 people! Several events will be also held throughout the…

Magnificent Modals Part 3: Talking about certainty and possibility…

Modal verbs…again! In previous posts, we’ve looked at  general modal rules and modals of obligation in Part 1; modals of ability and permission in Part 2; and we’ve decided to let you know about modals of certainty and possibility (modals of deduction) here in Part 3. Let’s get flying and hopefully you’ll find it useful…! Where do you think this picture was taken?  …