Martin Parr’s Ireland and England

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 28 November 2022 > What's On

Veteran British street photographer Martin Parr  is well known for capturing quirky images that make you wonder what is happening. There are lots on view at two exhibitions in Paris, at the Irish Cultural Centre and the Fondation Henri Bresson. Parr hails from Surrey in southern England but has been photographing Irish subjects for over … Continue reading “Martin Parr’s Ireland and England”

Two-week Stays in UK and Irish Schools for Teachers

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 14 November 2022 > Pedagogy

If you’d like to brush up on your English and discover different teaching techniques, you can apply to spend two weeks teaching and observing in a school in the UK or Ireland, whether you are a language or DNL teacher. France éducation international (formerly the CIEP ) gives teachers possibility to spend two weeks in UK … Continue reading “Two-week Stays in UK and Irish Schools for Teachers”

Ireland: Home of Halloween

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 27 October 2022 > Celebrate

Although these days people tend to think of Halloween as an American holiday, its origins are Celtic (brought to the U.S. by Irish and Scottish immigrants). Ireland wants to make sure that people know about its Celtic roots, and these videos and recipes are a great way to have your pupils discuss Halloween from a … Continue reading “Ireland: Home of Halloween”

Short List for the 2022 Booker Prize

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 21 September 2022 > What's On

The winner of the U.K.’s most prestigious literary prize, the Booker, will be announced on 15 October. The six authors on shortlist in the running for the prize are from the U.K., Ireland, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the U.S.A. Their books are overwhelmingly inspired by real historical events, from a terrible lynching in America to … Continue reading “Short List for the 2022 Booker Prize”

Irish Population Returns to Pre-Famine Levels

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 09 August 2022 > In the News

The Irish Central Statistics Office recently announced that the country’s population had surpassed 5 million for the first time since the Great Famine (1845-49). A notable event in a country whose history and culture have been marked by waves of emigration. This excellent infographic would be a great addition to Shine Bright 1e File 9 … Continue reading “Irish Population Returns to Pre-Famine Levels”

Bloomsday 100

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 10 June 2022 > Celebrate

In 1922, James Joyce’s landmark novel Ulysses was published in Paris, since it wouldn’t have passed censorship rules in his native Ireland. Every 16 June, Joyce fans pay homage to the book, which takes place over one day on 16 June, by dressing in period costume and acting out scenes from the novel. Ulysses was … Continue reading “Bloomsday 100”

Teaching with Films: Belfast

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 14 March 2022 > Webpicks

The trailer and the featurette for Belfast are both used in our Ready-to-use resource on the film. Trailer Featurette

Branagh’s Belfast

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 14 March 2022 > Ready to Use

Belfast is the story of nine-year-old Buddy growing up in the Northern Irish capital in a friendly, working-class community until the Troubles brutally disrupt his life in 1969. The film and these activities will help the students discover more about the Northern Irish conflict and its human consequences. It is actor-director Kenneth Branagh‘s most personal film … Continue reading “Branagh’s Belfast”

Happy St Patrick’s!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 09 March 2022 > Celebrate

St Patrick’s Day, 17 March, is the Irish national day. But there are many communities of Irish origin around the world and on St Paddy’s Day, everyone is Irish! There is a large Irish community in the U.S. and the parades in Chicago and New York are famous. The Chicago River, and the Liffey in … Continue reading “Happy St Patrick’s!”