Popular Idioms

Popular Idioms

Some of the most commonly used idioms in the English language


We know that you, as visitors, are always looking for interesting things to do while you’re here in Dublin so we’ve put together a list of what we consider to be the top ten places to visit in Dublin while you’re staying here. From museums and cathedrals to breweries and water parks, there’s something to suit everyone’s needs in Dublin’s fair city. Here’s the list….

1.    Guinness Storehouse
St James’ Gate Brewery has been home to the famous Irish drink since 1759. This huge seven storey building has been renovated to look like a giant pint of Guinness. Take a tour around the factory and then relax in the iconic Gravity bar with a 360 degree view across Dublin. And obviously enjoy a complimentary pint of the black stuff.

2.    National Aquatic Centre
The National Aquatic Centre is home to AquaZone, one of the leading water parks in Europe. Enjoy a pleasant day out with the family or come to seek thrills in the huge slides and attractions. There is something for everyone at this exciting and innovative water park.

3.    Book of Kells
The Book of Kells is over 1200 years old. Written around 800AD, it’s is considered one of the most beautifully created manuscripts on the planet. It has 680 pages of vellum which contain the four gospels of the bible in Latin. It was written by Irish monks and was buried for safe keeping underground when the Vikings attacked. It was recovered in 1653 and placed in Trinity College for safe keeping.

4.    Kilmainham Gaol (Jail)
This old and historic jail is a favourite amongst sight seers. Operating between 1796 and 1924, a tour around this jail offers visitors a realistic insight in to what life would be like confined in one of these imposing punishment facilities. It gives people a view of some of the most profound, dramatic and inspirational themes of modern Irish history.

5.    Dublin Zoo
Located in the Phoenix Park, in the centre of Dublin, the zoo offers tourists the chance to see some of the world’s most exotic animals living in natural habitats. Boasting many wonderful areas such as the African Savanna and Kaziranga Forest, visitors can giraffes, tigers, chimpanzees and zebras as well as more unusual species such as scimitar oryx or red pandas. It truly is one of the most interesting zoos in Europe.

6.    National Museum of Ireland.
Take a stroll down to Kildare Street and be magically transported back in time at the National Museum of Ireland. Visit ‘The Treasury’ to see some wonderful examples of Celtic and Medieval art, such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. You can also take a look at one of the biggest and most spectacular collections of prehistoric gold artefacts in all of Europe in Or – Ireland’s Gold. Also take a wander through prehistoric Ireland to see how the Vikings lived in Viking Age Ireland.

7.    National Gallery of Ireland
There are over 2500 paintings and 10000 pieces altogether including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculptures. There are representations of every major school of European painting. It is also home to an impressive array of Irish art. Some of the more famous pieces include works by Vermeer, Caravaggio, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.

8.    Dublin Castle
This breathtaking castle is the heartbeat of historic Dublin City. In fact, the name Dublin itself comes from the word ‘Dubh Linn’, the Black Pool, which was on the site of the current castle garden. The castle stands on a very strategic site on the River Liffey and was once a Viking fortress, parts of which still remain. The castle is now the venue for Ireland’s Presidencies of the European Community, Presidential Inaugurations and State Functions.

9.    Farmleigh House
Constructed in the late 18th century, Farmleigh was bought by Arthur Guinness’ great grandson, Edward Cecil Guinness in 1873. There are many stunning features around the house including a fantastic piece of Georgian-Victorian architecture in the Main House, The Benjamin Iveagh Library, the Sunken Garden, the famous Clock Tower and the Lake and the Walled Garden. Particularly impressive is the library which contains some of the finest examples of book binding for the last three centuries. The Guinness family eventually donated the whole catalogue to Marsh’s library.

10.    St. Patrick’s Cathedral
This Cathedral is a rare example of a medieval city building and was built between 1220 and 1260.  It is the largest cathedral in Ireland and is The Church of Ireland’s National Cathedral. The building has a wonderfully intricate and interesting history which visitors can learn about including the story of the Cathedral’s most famous dean, Jonathan Swift, one of over 700 bodies buried on site.

Studying in Ireland

A lot of our students are coming from abroad to learn English or other subjects and often have the choice of a number of different countries to study in. We’ve put together some of the great reasons to live and study here in Ireland.

There are so many wonderful reasons to come and study in Ireland. The whole country is jam-packed with interesting and exciting things to do and as such is an extremely popular destination for students to come and learn. A lot of this is down to the fact that education is placed very highly in the mindset of the Irish. This is reflected in the fact that the Irish have a reputation for academic excellence with great colleges and universities. Ireland itself has produced four Nobel Laureates in Literature.

          The country’s remarkable history is evident throughout the land and the Irish are a proud people who often celebrate their culture. Dublin is the country’s vibrant and modern capital city, at the heart of Ireland’s growing economy. Ireland is also famous for its endless array of pubs and bars which are very popular with the students but there are numerous other hidden treasures of cultural delight to amaze and delight you.

          Ireland is home to a whole host of cultural activities and festivals that take place throughout the year. The St. Patrick’s Day Festival and the National Ploughing Championship are two of the major highlights. However, other holidays such as Christmas and Halloween are given their own unique flair by the Irish. A New Year’s Eve party in Dublin will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced.

          Ireland also has a vast array of museums, art galleries, concert halls and performing arts venues. These offer a fantastic opportunity to immerse oneself in Ireland’s rich and celebrated literary culture. The arts have flourished in Ireland for hundreds of years and the country is fondly referred to as the ‘Land of Saints and Scholars’. Notable literary figures include George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde and countless more. Ireland is also renowned around the world for it traditional music and a night in an old pub with a live trad session is an experience not to be missed. However, some huge names in pop music have also emerged over the years such as U2, Snow Patrol, The Coors and The Script.

          The strength of Ireland’s higher education system is also a huge draw for international students with all interests and areas of study catered for. Dublin has become a hub for IT professionals with the European head offices for Google, Facebook and numerous other large multinational companies. Aside from IT, there are world class courses available in History, Environmental Science, Peace and Conflict studies and all sorts of other scientific disciplines. Third level institutes in Ireland place a huge amount of responsibility on the learner which provides some very challenging yet rewarding study experiences.  If you are self-motivated, goal-orientated and enjoy critical thinking and innovation plus want a fantastic trip abroad, Ireland is the perfect destination for you!

Happy New Year

Have a great 2014


The weekend is really close!!

Enjoy it!

Photo competition

Hey guys!!!

how are you today? how about the weather in your country?? Here the autumn is coming!

Anyway, are you ready for the photo competition?

We will send you an email about it.

Stay tuned!!!

Hey!! How are you?? Here in Malahide the weather still be Sunny!
On Saturday we are going to Galway with the Italian Group and with the Adults students! We hope we will enjoy it!  

Greetings from the Irish College of English.