Our Stay at Atlantic Language School Galway

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When we arrived in Galway, we were really excited and maybe a bit nervous. Some of us expected an hard but useful  experience, others a great way to improve English having fun. We weren’t wrong! We did it. It was difficult in order to communicate with our host families or with people of Galway, we could only use English, and getting used to the Irish accent took sometime. That experience paid off, we are all professional English Scholars! Enjoy our photos!

 

 

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The Aran Islands:

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The School:

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OUR LAST DAY 😦

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GOODBYE ATLANTIC! 🙂

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Galway’s culture

St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick was born in roman Britain in the fourth century. At the age of sixteen he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. He spent six years there working as a shepherd and during this time he found god. After making his way home Patrick went on to become a priest. Afterwards he came back to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. According to legend St.. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the holy trinity.

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This holiday is celebrated every year on march 17th, honouring the Irish patron, St. Patrick. The celebrations typically consist off wearing green, parades, and drinking. some churches may hold religious services. People usually eat traditional Irish food like corned beef, corned cabbage and a traditional cocktail is the green beer.

 

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Traditional restaurants Vs Modern Restaurant

I asked Galway’s people what they thought about six restaurants in the city. Half were traditional ones and the other half were modern. The traditional restaurants I choose “Sheridans Cheesemorgers”, an expensive restaurant to drink some good wine and eat classy cheese, “The Skeff”, an okay pub to eat a steak and watch a football game with your friends. The last I choose was “Finnegans”,nice pub to drink some beer.

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Then I asked about the modern restaurant. I started with ” The Dough Bros”,a good italian restaurant that makes good pizza, after I asked about a place called “Loam” but it seems nobody knows this place, it shouldn’t be this nice! Then I choose a sort of nightclub that appears to be famous for having good food and good cocktails but also for being overpriced. In conclusion it seems that Galway’s citiziens prefer traditional restaurant to modern ones. Very strange!the-dough-bros

Irish sports

National sports are galelic football, rugby and hurling, but most of the people follow soccer to be exactly english and italian soccer. The most practised  sport is hurling.

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Hurling is an outdoor sport of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin. The objective of the game is for players to use a wooden stick called hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents  goalpost either over the crossbar or into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal which is equivalent of to three points. No protective padding is worn by players, only protective helmet with a faceguard is mandatory for all age groups. Teams consist of fifteen players: a goalkeeper, three half backs, two midfielders, three half towards and three towards and three full towards. Senior matches last 70 minuteshurling

Gaelic football

In gaelic football players advance the football, a spherical leather ball, up the field with a combination of carryng, bouncing, kicking hand-passing. There are two kind of score: the point and the goal. The point is awarded by a kicking the ball over the crossbar  The duration of a match is 60 minutes and the team is formed by fifteen players: a goalkeeper, two corner back, a full back, two wings, a centre forward, two corner forwards and a full toward. It is the most popular sport in ireland with football.

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Pietro Zappullo                   Giuseppe Valvano             Salvatore De Nicola

 

 

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History of Galway (by Allegra Villari, Camilla Alessandro and Giovanni La Rocca)

THE CLADDAGH

 

The Claddagh is the old name of the centre of Galway, where the river Corrib meets Galway Bay. It was formerly a fishing village, just outside the old city walls. During the 19th century the Claddagh attracted many visitors, including writers who spread its fame. The Claddagh its famous internationality for “The Claddagh Ring”. This ring consist of two arms holding a crowned heart, and it`s particular because if you put it on the right hand with point of the heart toward the fingertips means that you are single, if you  put it on the right hand with point of the heart toward the wrist means that you are in a relationship, if you put on the left hand with point of the heart toward the fingertips means that you are engaged and if  you put on the left hand with point of the heart toward the wrist it means that you are married.

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I went into the city centre to interview some people about the history of Galway and the story of Claddagh ring , but only one person told me that the Cathedral is the most important monument but she don`t know nothing about the ring. So maybe some Irish people don`t know a lot of information about the city and for me this is so strange.

Allegra Villari

TYPICAL IRISH DISHES

 

Yesterday we went to question the people in a mall but anybody answered me or didn´t know the answers. So I did some researches on Irish dishes. One pot-cooking doesn’t get much simpler then Irish stew,witch was traditionally made with mutton,slowly stewed for hours until the meat was tender,with onions,potatoes and some recipes adding carrots to the pot. The other traditional dish is fish and chips,and Irish people eat a lot potatoes. The difference between typical italian and irish foods are that the tea, they drink is with milk to our difference.The differences between Irish and Italian traditional foods are shocking.One example is that the Irish  people drink tea with milk. Where italians don’t! The coffe is full of water,then they use so many conduiments. They eat a little bread while we eat it for lunch and dinner.

Camilla Alessandro

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GALWAY NIGHTLIFE

 

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Not everybody knows that Galway has a beer produced here: Galway Hooker Beer.

It is available in Galway Pubs like: The Crane Bar, The King’s Head and O’Connors Pub.

 

The Crane Bar

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2 Sea Road, Galway, Ireland

Web Site: www.thecranebar.com

If you want to drink or eat in a traditional Irish Pub “The Crane Bar” is the right place. Here you can eat typical food, drink beer and listen to Irish music. It has two floors:

  • Upstairs there is an intimate and relaxed atmosphere with live singers or songwriters.
  • Downstairs there is the traditional bar with an Irish atmosphere

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The King’s Head

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15 High Street, Galway, Ireland

Web Site: www.thekingshead.ie

Before being a pub it was a huge townhouse owned by one of the founding tribes of Galway. The legend says that the king died in the pub and his body never left the place. His head is burried in one of the walls: that’s why the name of the pub is “King’s Head”.

Noiwadays it is an international pub always crowded by youngers. Here you can listen to rock and young music.

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O’Connors Pub

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135, Upper Salthill, Galway, Ireland

Web Site: www.oconnorsbar.com

If you find lamps, bikes, fishing nets materials or clothes on the floor and on the walls, don’t you worry, you are at “O’Connors Pub”.

Here you can also find folk music, people from all around the world, typical beer and an incredible atmosphere.

The best way to live Ireland.

Giovanni La Rocca

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Galway’s unique culture

written by Sofia, Gaia and Fatima

Music

Music in Ireland seems to be a lifestyle. They listen to everything from typical Irish music to modern music, which is also influenced by other cultures and countries. I tried to make a survey and what I found out was that Irish folk music is made by typical instruments like violin, that here they call “fiddle”, the thin flute, banjo and a particular drum called “Bodhran” made of goat skin. This type of music is mostly listened to by older people.

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For what concernes more modern music, in the streets of Galway you can see a lot of musicians doing their best playing covers of pop and rock music of the moment as well as Irish folk music, to which you can dance, and that has lots of influences by other country’s music, like spanish or italian one. Those songs are usually played with guitars, violins, trumpets and banjos. An example of the mix of culture is a band from Galway, called “Galway Street Club”, made up by 15 members, all from different countries,which, as you can tell by the name, play their music in the street and bring it to every person who has the pleasure to hear it, walking down the street.

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If you ever come to Galway, you will realize how music is important, by seeing all the music shops, selling CDs and a big variety of instruments. Finally you can sit in a pub and enjoy the vibes of very good live music while eating a sandwich and drinking a typical Irish beer.

The Claddagh Ring

Originally the Claddagh was an ancient fishing village. The word “Claddagh” means rocky sand in gaelic. It was located near the Spanish Arc and was where the community sells their catch. The Claddagh is most famous for the Claddagh Ring

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The ring is composed by two hands holding a crowned heart and is linked to an ancient story: it told about a blacksmith who fell in love with the king’s daughter. He didn’t understand their love story but he wanted to give a chance to the poor man. in fact he gave him the opportunity to go on a sea voyage and if he would come back home with a ring worthy of his daughter, he will agree to let them marry. Finally the ring has also a very beautiful meaning: the hands are for community you are from; the heart is for love for your partner and the crown is for the loyalty to your spouse and also to your king. But what do Irish people know about this ring? It’s strange, but just one couple know the meaning behind this ring, in fact they were wearing it. And even the man who sold the rings didn’t know the true story.

The Aran Island

The Aran Islands are a group of three islands: Inis mor (the largest) Inishmaan (the most populated) and Inisheer (the smallest) located at the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland.

We’ve visited the biggest one, Inis mor that’s one of the most popular destinations in Ireland. Private minibuses, horse-drawn carriages and bicycles are the main methods of getting about for the many tourists who visit the island in the summer months.  In those 7  km you can admire beautiful landscapes that give to you an amazing sense of peace.

When you arrive there you can find some wool shops and some restaurants and food shops.

Dún Aonghasa is the most famous of several prehistoric forts on the Aran Island. It is an important archaeological site that also offers a spectacular view. It’s not known when it was built, though it is now thought to date from the Iron Age

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Stereotypes (Domenico Brancaccio, Benedetta Della Sala, Raffaele Lamagna)

babbalaIt’s something normal having some guesses about cultures and lifestyles we don’t know. Who doesn’t think about fast-food when people talk about America? Who doesn’t think about sushi when someone talks about Japan or about baguettes and croissants in the case of France? Who doesn’t think about Favelas when they talk about Brasil? Everywhere people have prejudices and also Irish and Italian, even if they’re considered “nice guys”, have their ones and the same. Of course, they’re not always true.

What do Irish people think about Italy?

14355162_1580866205554059_2130261513406361462_nMost of the people we asked about our country answered us “pizza”, “pasta” and “coffee” because, of course, we have the best food in the world (we don’t put ketchup on our bolognese!). Many of them also told us “the
people are passional”, “romantic”, “energetic”, “guys are nice”, “girls are good looking”… Yes, all they’ve said is the truth (they had also to call us “modest”). Moreover, they praised our places, especially the Alps, Garda’s Lake, Colosseo, and Vaticano and told us they think we are very religious because of the latter. But they also dealt with some sins of ours, such as “mafia” or “gangsters” or still “aggressive young men” and “tight people with money”.

What do Italian people think about Ireland?

And now it’s our turn to point our finger against Ireland, the country with our faded flag. Before we came to Ireland we thought they all were red people with freckles and green eyes and clothes (we’ve only seen two red people… Ok, now we are exaggerating).irish-stereotypes Besides, before arriving here, people told us “Oh, are you going to Ireland? Irish are really nice, they are Mediterranean who live in the wrong place!”. About the places, we imagined green hills with white sheeps and many shamrocks. We also guessed Irish ate only potatoes and drink nothing but beer!

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Unfortunately, we both weren’t totally like we imaged each other. In fact we didn’t find the so many red people we had dreamed to see (what a delusion!) and Italian aren’t such bad guys (probably) as Irish described them. With regard to
Irish places they are about like we thought: everything is green, but we couldn’t imagine sheeps were blue! Anyway after this experience we think that before judging a country or anything in general it should be better to know it first.

Traditions (pt.2)

The Galway Food Festival celebrates 100 years of Irish food honouring and rediscovering Ireland’s culinary, decade by decade. Infact the first festival was done during the 1916 Rising over the Easter weekend. This festival is about several culinary, traditions, dishes and products. It starts the 24th and it lasts unti the 28th of March.                                   There is home-made cordials, lemonade, freshly baked biscuits and sweets.             This event includes a food village on the banks of the Corrib, cookery demonstrations, wine tastings and beer breweries and kids activities.                       More than 60,000 people are waiting for this festival. Also there are over 100 food outlets, more than 75 restaurants and producers coming from all areas throughout the city.

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Traditions by Ilaria,Chiara and Miriana (pt.3)

Christmas day

Galwagian people normally spend their Christmas with their family.But in town there are Christmas markets and Eyre Square is definitely the heart of festivities.Nights have plenty of live entertainment and amusements. And of course the streets are full of amazing Christmas lights that create a magic atmosphere.

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A very interesting annual event, is the Day Swim in Salthill. Anyone can enjoy and take a dip in the cold sea on Christmas morning to rais funds for charity.

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St.Patrick day

Every year on 17th of March , Irish people celebrate St.Patrick. It is a national holiday because St.Patrick is the patron of Ireland (but it is said he was from Wales).

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Due to this, you can expect a wonderful parade in the town and its aim is to create a carnival and enthusiastic atmosphere.The first parade took place in New York in 1760s.

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Even bands from Ireland and around the world play a very important part during the festival.

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Traditions

A tradition, in general, is understood as a wide array of old beliefs, practises and customs handed down from generation to generation. Every culture, every group of people have their own customs and traditions. Traditions are our roots. They are us, our culture, our identity, our world. ” Tir gan teanga, tir gan anim. A country without a language is a country without a soul ” so writes Pádraig Pearse. A tradition stirs emotions in individuals, provokes a greater sense of self-awareness.

Festival 1

The Galway International Art Festival is a multinational festival producing and presenting an international programme of theatre, spectacles, dances, virtual arts, music and comedies. The festival takes place each July in Galway, Ireland, since the 1978. This year, for example, it presented ” Invitation to a journey inspired by Eileen Gray “, ” Making Ireland Modern “, ”  Waiting for Godot” and ” Insect “.

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The first is a new work inspired by the architect and designer Eileen Gray featuring an original score composed by Deidre Gribbin. It combines dance, music and theatre to create a compelling illustration of a once-forgotten now celebrated Irish modernist.

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The second presents ten infrastructural episodes – Negation, Electricity, Health, Education, Telecommunications, Motorways, Data – spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916-2016 cross drawings, photographs, models and other artefacts. The exhibition explore a relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of a nation.

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The third is the most famous play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. It was presented by acclaimed Galway theatre company, Druid.

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In the last fire-breathing insects, beautiful butterflies and giant dragons, created by the world famous Sarruga, accompanied by a pulsating electronic musical score, travel from Eyes Square through the heart of the city to the Latin Quarter and the Spanish Arch.

In conclusion this festival is very good and is an important occasion to celebrate the arts. The Irish Times called it “the biggest, most exciting, most imaginative explosion of arts activity this country has”.

Ilaria Fontana

Irish culture

These days in Galway we learned a lot of new things about Irish habits and customs. The first thing that  we learned is that people are very kind and hospitable and not everybody has got green eyes and red hair and a beard. We saw a lot of beautiful parks with green meadows and we like those landscapes so much. Here everything is green and we hope to return soon. THANK YOU for all the time you have given us. See you soon!

with love, Italian students

Galway by night

Yesterday, after dinner,at my host house I met all my friends at 8.30 in the centre of Galway near the school. It was too cold, but I was happy because we were all together in a different place for the first time. We walked around and I was so surprised to see a lot of people who sing and play traditional songs. My friend and I decided to dance in front of them. We enjoyed it so much and some people took videos of us. After that, some of us bought fake Italian ice cream and then my sister and I ran to catch the bus on time. It was great!

Monica, Simona and Alessia