Chinese New Year 2020

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Saturday, 25th of January, was celebrated the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival. The celebrations start on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Usually the festival lasts for 23 days.

At ICOT College we’re proud of having a great mix of nationalities. We always try to celebrate different traditions from other cultures inside the school. We believe that way we can make our students to feel closer to their homes and also it’s interesting to show to other students how amazing different cultures can be. Studying abroad is not just about learning a new language, it’s about living new experiences with people from all over the world. Cool, isn’t it?

To celebrate the Chinese New Year 2020, our team went to all the classes to give fortune cookies to ICOT College students both in Dublin and Cork. It’s believed that fortune cookies symbolise luck, fate, soundbite Chinese wisdom, and the mysteries of the unknown.

You can check below some photos of our students enjoying the day, learning about a different culture and having loads of fun!

Irish expressions that you should learn if you’re planning to come to Ireland

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When you live in another country it’s important to not only learn the language they speak there but also learn expressions and slangs that they’ll use to talk to you. Learning specif words that Irish people use will help you to communicate better with them. We’ve selected some good ones below.


“What’s the craic?”

What’s up?


“It’s grand”

It’s fine





“The jacks”

If you arrive in Ireland and want to go to the bathroom don’t use the word “restroom”, usually Irish people either call it “the toilet,” or even more commonly “the jacks.”


“Awful good”

In Ireland awful can also mean very as in “the weather was awful good”



In Ireland, chips are crisps and French fries are chips. Try to not mess it up.


“Happy out”

Just means “happy,” but for some reason, Irish people feel the need to add “out.” It’s usually used in the present.


“A jumper”

Sweaters, or pullovers, are called jumpers in Ireland.


“The fear”

The fear is what you will have the morning after a long night full of pints. It’s usually called hungover but some Irish people call it “the fear”.


“A whale of a time”

A really good time


“Will you have a mineral?”

Will you have a soft drink?


“Sure look it”

Commonly used and fits in after any sentence meaning we’ll carry on or get on with things


“I will yea”

This can be very confusing. “I will yea” means “I definitely won’t,” it’s just an easier way of saying it. Sounds weird but funny, doesn’t it?


“I’m gonna head on”

It means you’re going to leave, and if you say “head” simply means “go.”


Hope you enjoyed it and keep practising!


Font: https://www.irishcentral.com/travel/irish-words-phrases-slang-to-learn-before-you-visit


6 coisas legais sobre o Natal na Irlanda

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Dezembro chegou e o clima natalino tomou conta da cidade! Andando pelas ruas já podemos ver casas decoradas, luzes de natal e árvores em formato de pinheiros enfeitadas por todos os cantos. Será que o Natal da Irlanda é celebrado da mesma forma que o Natal no Brasil? Listamos 5 coisas legais que você talvez não saiba sobre o Natal aqui na Ilha da Esmeralda.


1.A data oficial para comemorar o clima natalino é 8 de Dezembro. Geralmente essa também é a data que algumas pessoas esperam para colocar as decorações nas casas.

2.Diferente do Brasil, aqui é comum ver árvores “de verdade” sendo vendidas para o Natal. Dizem que quanto mais frutinhas e ramos tiverem nas árvores, mais sorte o novo ano trará.

3.Corais natalinos são muito comuns por aqui. Todo mundo adora! Existe um coral que dizem ser o mais antigo da Irlanda (século 12) chamado “The Wexford Carol” que teve origem em Enniscorthy, County Wexford e que conta a história do Natal. Beeem antigo, né?

4.Na manhã de Natal é possível ver muitas pessoas dando um mergulho nas águas geladas da Irlanda. Muitas pessoas fazem isso por caridade e outras porque acreditam que isso trará bons frutos para o próximo ano!

5.O dia depois do Natal (26/12) tem nomes diferentes na Irlanda do Norte (Boxing Day) e da Irlanda (St Stephen’s Day). Nos dois lugares essas datas são comemoradas anualmente.

6.Dia 6 de Janeiro é oficialmente o último dia do período natalino e também a data para retirada das decorações festivas. Além disso, segundo a tradição nesse dia as mulheres devem evitar fazer trabalhos domésticos e cozinhar e os homens que ficam responsáveis por essas tarefas. Essa data e chamada de “Women’s (or Little) Christmas”.


Gostou de conhecer um pouquinho mais sobre as tradições por aqui? Você conhece mais alguma tradição legal de outros países? Deixa nos comentários!

Cork Jazz Festival

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Written by| Bryan Smyth

Guinness recently launched the full program of events for the 42nd Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, which takes place over the bank holiday weekend from 24th to 28th October 2019.

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is one of the biggest and longest-running events on the Irish music calendar. Every nook and cranny of Cork City will come alive across the festival weekend to the sounds of over 1,000 musicians and creative artists from more than 20 countries.This year’s festival will host a fantastic array of top international headline jazz acts, including Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Kurt Elling, The Big Brass Band Explosion, Dr. Linley Hamilton Quintet, Fred Hersch Trio, Mica Paris, and Spyro Gyra.

There’s also a great line up at the Metropole Festival Club, and an exciting fringe programme of free gigs and entertainment in over 70 city venues across the city.

This year we’re also looking forward to the Blaze of Jazz Parade, which will kick off the weekend on Friday 24th in spectacular ‘flare’. This family-friendly parade will feature a mix of red-hot jazz bands with fiery Cork characters in a dramatic musical march full of flaming antics. Other highlights include the Jazz Jamboree, Jazz Food Fair, and The Artistry of Frank Sinatra audio-visual event.

You could spend your time wandering from venue to venue, taking in free on-street sessions, but we also recommend booking tickets to at least one must-see acts on www.guinnessjazzfestival.com before it’s too late.

The best takeaways in Ireland

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Written by Sarah Finnan |

There is nothing more glorious than a takeaway.

Always a good idea; be it midweek to help you over the Wednesday slump, for so-called filthy Fridays (a lunchtime staple at the Lovin offices), or at the weekend to cure one hell of a hangover.

The only way to stop hunger in its tracks. We all know the infamous ‘phoning for a takeaway’ scene from Gavin and Stacey…and let’s be honest, Smithy suffering a mini-meltdown over curry protocol is all of us.

Well the Irish Takeaway Awards, brought to you by the faces behind YesChef, are here to honor the country’s best to-go grub. 250 guests gathered to celebrate favorites from around the country. With a total of 16 awards being given out, there’s bound to be one or two on the list that you’ve tried before. If not, then you have 16 weeks’ worth of takeaway fodder.

Here is the full list of winners:

American Takeaway of the Year 2019 – Cranky Yankee Corn Dogs, Dublin

Newcomer of the Year 2019 – Johnny’s Ranch, Ramelton, Donegal

Italian Takeaway of the Year 2019 – Fire & Stone Pizzeria, Limavady, Derry

Kebab Takeaway of the Year 2019 – Sphinx Stranmillis, Belfast

Mexican Takeaway of the Yearn 2019 – Vocho, Galway

Vegetarian Takeaway of the Year 2019 -The Gourmet Offensive, Galway

Takeaway Team of the Year 2019 – Genoa Café, Warrenpoint, Down

Burger of the Year 2019- Denjoes Family Restaurant & Takeaway, Castleisland, Kerry

Café Takeaway of the Year 2019 – Café Nova, Castlebar, Mayo

Food Truck of the Year 2019 – Pyke ‘N’ Pommes, Derry

Healthy Takeaway of the Year 2019 – Bia Rebel Ramen, Belfast

Innovative Takeaway of the Year 2019 – Boxty’s, Galway

Sweet Treat of the Year 2019 – Mammy Johnston’s, Sligo

Indian Takeaway of the Year 2019- Chandpur, Donegal

The Champion Chip Award 2019 – Mangans Traditional Fish & Chips, Wexford

Asian Takeaway of the Year 2019 – Miyazaki, Cork


Looking forward to trying them?