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About Simon FitzGerald

Simon is the Director of Studies at the Central School of English in Dublin. You'll see him around the school most days. He doesn't bite.

Simon FitzGerald

Celtic tombstones at the Monastic Site in the Glendalough valley

One of my favourite places in Ireland is Glendalough, a valley carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age. Its two lakes, from which Glendalough gets its name, were formed when the ice eventually melted.

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Exploring Dublin by bike

I bought my bike four years ago and since then I have became very fond of cycling. Together, we have discovered and explored many new areas of Dublin.

I particularly enjoy going for long trips and here are three of my favourite places for a day-long cycle trip:
  • The Dublin Mountains
  • Bull Island
  • Dalkey

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Entrance to the War Memorial Rose Garden in Dublin

Do you like lying on the grass or walking submerged in nature? Dublin is a great place to do so! It offers a large number of parks and green areas – all within easy walking distance of the city centre.

I have been living in Dublin for the past seven years and in my free time I walk and cycle around looking for the most peaceful and relaxing areas in the city.

Here are my four favourite ‘secret’ parks in Dublin – ones that most tourists (and many Dubliners) don’t know exist.

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English School Dublin Grammar Videos

Here you’ll find a selection of video guides to English grammar from our Youtube channel.

Feel free to browse them here or visit our Youtube channel

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getting a PPS number in Ireland

The PPS number – how (and when) to get one

When you start work in Ireland, you will need a PPS number. This is the number that the State uses to identify you when determining what taxes to deduct from your pay or when it pays any benefits to you, such as Unemployment Benefit.

So, how do you get one?

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"I've learnt more in 3 months in the school than one year at University! And the teachers are great, funny and interesting in different ways, lovely!" - Jeanne (France)

Jeanne, Central School Student
Central English School Dublin students enjoy the weather in Phoenix Park

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