Issue 10, October 2012. Copyright: Skills & Enterprise Development Academy TEACHER JENNIFER Teacher Jen- nifer, who was supposed to fin- ish her mater- nity leave this month, is not coming back until next year - her baby Cait- ríona needs her. Page 3 WIN FREE TICKETS! SEDA News readers can win two pairs of tick- ets for Dublin’s scariest tour - The Gravedig- ger Bus Tour. All you have to do is write a scary story... Page 9SEDA students Marcela Lacerda, Tarcila Lopes and Cynara Castro enjoying a party with friends. Check out morepictures on pages 10 & 11.Brave Aline Barrosthanks SEDA for helpEvery little helps as donations from SEDA support paraplegic student Aline in Ireland. Brazilian student Aline Barros (29), who accident on the corner of Patrick Street and year.became paralyzed from the waist down after Kevin Street four years ago. A truck knocked In the meantime Aline is not entitled toa hit and run in Dublin, has thanked SEDA her down and ran over her as Aline was cy- any social benefits in Ireland and she can-students for their donations to her. “I’m very cling to work – distributing Herald AM not work, so the girl is relying on the kind-grateful for every donation – even 10 cents, newspapers. The driver did not stop, but was ness of strangers to survive. She lives withpeople don’t know how much it’s worth to later caught and found guilty of dangerous her mother Sylvia, who came to look afterme”, Aline Barros told SEDA News. “Every driving. her following the accident, in an apartmentcoin has a huge value because it keeps me The Brazilian student is still waiting for in Dublin 4.and my mother going”. compensation from the insurance company. Aline, who came to Ireland from Brazil Currently her case is in the courts and a de-to learn English, became paraplegic after an cision is expected in the beginning of next Continued on page 4
2 NEWSA word from SEDA welcomes more European studentsthe editor The large influx of Euro- and dozens more will arrive in the school’s long-term students, Europeans who have come for pean students that SEDA saw the coming months. Most of most of whom are from South short-term courses, while the in the summer months has not the European students come for America, Africa and the Middle other 60% is made up of long- stopped: up to 100 students short intensive courses of 2 to 4 East. According to SEDA’s direc- term students. “It’s a nearly per- from countries like Spain, weeks’ duration. The European tor of studies Carol Cregg, cur- fect mix”, she said. France and Italy started their visitors bring welcome diversity rently some 40% of the students Thank you for reading the October issue of studies in SEDA last month, to SEDA classes as they mix with who are enrolled in SEDA are SEDA News! This month’s edition features the important story of Aline Barros, the Brazilian student who became paraplegic after a hit and run in Dub- Ireland’s IT industry is Donegal and Kilkenny win All desperate for workers lin. The accident happened a week before Aline was due to go back to Brazil. Four years have passed since then, but the girl is still waiting for compensation from the insurance company. At the moment Aline and her mother Sylvia, who Ireland titles came to Dublin to look after her, survive on do- Some 1500 jobs are available in Ireland’s in- itshappeninghere.ie. nations. Life is not easy for the two women and formation technology (IT) industry right now However, despite the 14% unemployment you can get a glimpse of it from the article on with no one to fill them, the Irish media report. rate and hundreds of thousands of people look- the front page. If you have sympathy for Aline The Irish IT firms are so desperate to find work- ing for work in Ireland, the IT companies cannot there are a number of ways in which you can ers that last month they launched a public cam- find people of the right calibre here and have to help. You could donate some money by put- paign called IT’s Happening Here. The aim of the look for candidates abroad. On September 27 a ting it into donations boxes at SEDA’s recep- campaign is to attract “the best talent from grad- number of Irish IT firms supported by the gov- tion or by lodging it on her account. You can uate to director level” to Ireland’s IT sector in or- ernment agency Enterprise Ireland organized also make Aline happy by visiting her home or der to keep the industry at the top of its game. All an employment fair in Madrid to try and attract inviting her out as she gets quite lonely some- the vacancies are advertised on the website: www. Spanish IT talent to Ireland. Canadian Romeo looking times. You’ll find her bank account details and contacts on page 4. Another major topic in this month’s issue is the approaching Halloween season. By now for love of his life in Ireland this “spooky” festival, celebrated on and around October 31, is popular all over the world, but few people know that it originated in Ireland! It started as the old Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced “SA-van”) when, as the ancient Canadian dentist Sandy Crocker has trav- into her walking down the street or in a shop elled all the way to Ireland to find a local girl somewhere. Who knows what might happen?” If Donegal has become the All Ireland Celts believed, the border between the worlds whom he met for just two minutes last year, the you are this mystery woman and want to get in Gaelic football champions, while Kilk- of the living and the dead was at its thinnest, so the spirits of the dead could walk among the Irish Sun reports. The 28-year-old British Co- contact with Sandy, visit pof.com and search for enny won the All Ireland hurling final last living people. In order to ward off evil ghosts lumbia native met the woman of his dreams in ‘Travel-bug-4u’. month. The hurling final took place in people would wear scary masks and decorate An Teach Bia cafe in Ennistymon, Co Clare, in Dublin’s Croke Park stadium on Septem- their houses with carved turnips and other July last year, and spoke to her for a couple of ber 30. It was a rematch: the original final vegetables. This is how the modern fancy dress minutes before realising — too late — that she took place on September 9, but the result parties began. There was also a major fire ritual was the one. Sandy describes the girl as being was a draw and the referee decided that the connected with the celebrations. On the night in her mid to late 20s with freckles and reddish- match should be replayed. Kilkenny beat of Samhain the druids would light a sacred fire brown hair. He said: “We were on our way to the Cliffs of Moher and we stopped in Ennistymon to Galway to win their 34th All Ireland title. on the Hill of Tlaghta (pronounced “TrOkh- grab a bite to eat. She was eating and I didn’t want The county team is the most successful ta”) in county Meath, which would then be brought to the ordinary folk in surrounding to interrupt her meal so I waited until I noticed hurling team in the history of the game and towns and villages... that she was leaving and I spoke to her then. I the Liam McCarthy Cup – hurling’s biggest asked her for directions to the cliffs”. But the man trophy – rarely leaves Kilkenny. But of course you don’t have to know all was too shy to get her telephone number. Back The Gaelic football final took place in this to enjoy Halloween and on pages 8 and 9 home in Canada, he was unable to get the Irish Croke Park on September 23. Donegal de- of this newspaper you’ll find a summary of the beauty out of his mind. He said: “She never left feated neighbours Mayo to win their only modern Irish traditions connected to the festi- my mind, so I decided why not go back and try second All Ireland title. The last time Don- val as well as a list of the 5 most haunted places to find her. Maybe it’s a shot in the dark but if it is meant to be, if it’s fate, then I might bump egal laid their hands on the Sam Maguire in Ireland which you can visit if you want to Cup was 20 years ago. meet the dead... But best of all, if you send us a Analogue TV to be switched off this month scary story you will get a chance to win 2 tickets to Ireland’s most frightening tour – the Grave- diggers Bus Tour! The tickets are normally worth 25 euro each, so get writing! The traditional analogue TV approved digital television to television screen – this is a re- for your analogue television set Also this month we interview the Canadian signal will be switched off from continue receiving the free-to- minder that you need to install (whether it has a set-top box or teacher Ashleigh and the Venezuelan student October 24 2012, and Irish TV air Irish TV channels (including either a Saorview approved set not). The reason for the change Javier who is making his mark on the Dublin channels (RTÉ1, RTÉ 2, TG4 RTÉ1, RTÉ 2, TG4 and TV3). top box or television, or alterna- is that the EU has decided that amateur football scene. and TV3) will be transmit- But if you have cable or satellite tively decide to become a sub- all member states must stop ted exclusively by digital signal TV (such as UPC or Sky) then scriber to a cable or satellite TV broadcasting analogue televi- Have a pleasant read and do send us your from that date. 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NEWS 3Jennifer is not More than 500,000 peoplecoming back in Ireland are non-Irishtill next year More than half a million people living in Ireland (some 12% of the population) are non-Irish nationals, according to latest fig- ures from the Central Statistics Office. TheSEDA teacher JENNIFER PHILLIPS was supposed number of non-Irish nationals has increased by 143% in the past nine years as immigra-to finish her maternity leave this month, but the tion into Ireland soared. The 544 357 non-young mum is now hoping to stay home with her nationals living here come from 199 differ-baby Caitríona until February or March next year. ent countries. The largest group is the Polish community which numbers 122 585 people, Jennifer’s lovely daughter Caitríona will bounce in it for 30 minutes without according to CSO. The second largest groupwill turn five months in October. It is a a problem and when she gets bored she is UK nationals: there are 112,259 of them invery important time for the SEDA teach- wants to get out and play another game. Ireland. The majority of the non-Irish nation-er and it is not surprising that she wants I couldn’t jump up and down for 30 min- als live in Dublin city, with Fingal and Corkto spend it close to her child. “I want to utes, could you?!”give her the best start for a healthy life”, County following close. Meanwhile GalwayJennifer told SEDA News. “This is why I Caitríona has already met teacher City was the most multi-cultural, with 19.4%need the extra time with her to ensure she Margaret, and Jennifer says it was lovely of its residents recorded as non-Irish. Aftergets the best nutrition possible while she’s to hear from students and to get so many English the most widely spoken languages in “growing so much”. kind wishes from them. She adds that Ireland are Polish, French, Lithuanian, Ger- she really misses SEDA and everyone she man and Russian. Caitríona is a fantastic baby who knew there. “As much as I love lookingloves laughing and smiling. She can al-ready sit up and has become quite strong after my baby I do miss SEDA. I miss my students and I miss teaching every day. I I hope all my students are Referendum onbecause she always wants to be movingaround, Jennifer says. The girl has alsobecome quieter than she was in the first will be very happy to be back and see eve- ryone again!” she told SEDA News. enjoying their time in Ire- land. I hope to see a writ- rights of child setmonths of her life and sleeps soundly onmost nights, without bothering her par- But at the moment Jennifer has many other things on her mind – like teaching ing piece or a picture of theirs in for November 10ents. But this will not last long, Jenniferbelieves. “I don’t think we will have it easy Caitríona to speak. Jennifer has started taking the girl to baby sign language the newspaper soon. Sometime The Irish government set Saturday, No- vember 10, as the date for the children’slike this for much longer as I expect herto start getting teeth soon. Then I’m sure classes in order to help her better under- stand the many different languages spo- in the next month I will bring rights referendum. The people of Irelandshe will scream all night again”, the SEDA ken in her family. Caitríona into the college to say will vote on the proposed new article of the Irish Constitution, which would be its 31stteacher explains. “During the day she hello! ”doesn’t sleep much as she always wants to “I speak to her in English, my husband amendment. The article recognizes “thebe active. Of course she is too young to speaks to her in Greek, my mother in law natural and imprescriptible rights of all chil-speak yet but she does not stop making speaks to her in Danish and in the future dren” and grants the State extra powers tosounds all day long. When she grows up I want to send her to an Irish speaking protect children whose safety and well beingshe will probably never shut up!” creche and school”, said Jennifer. “It can is under threat. Specifically, the State would take children longer Jennifer’s mother Louise Phillips is a be able to “supply the place of the parents” Jennifer says Caitríona will prob- to start talking whenably love sports when she grows up be- they have more than writer and her latest book, a crime thriller of children in exceptional cases when par-cause she has so much energy. Her father, one language to learn called Red Ribbons, was published re- ents fail in their duties towards them. TheJennifer’s husband Yianni who is from so hopefully if we all cently. In the book girls’ bodies are found proposed amendment also grants the StateGreece, does a lot of water sports and it sign when we talk she in the Dublin mountains and the identity powers to give children up for adoption iflooks like Caitríona will do too when she’s will understand that of the serial killer needs to be discovered their parents have failed in their duties. Op-older: she already loves to splash in the the different words ponents to the proposed changes say the before more girls are murdered. The firstbath and spend time under water. all mean the same amendment will give the State powers to thing... When she week the book went on sale it went straight to number 7 in the crime best sellers list. break up families. But Ireland’s Minister for “As a present we were given a bounc- starts to sign that she “Red Ribbons has been a huge success Children Frances FitzGerald insisted that theing harness that we can hang in the door- wants milk, is tiredway”, Jennifer says. “We strap her into it or needs her nappy and people are already excited about her new rules would apply only in exceptionaland she can stand there bouncing up and changed I will be very next book The Dolls House. I would defi- circumstances when children suffer in theirdown, while laughing, forever. The couple happy that she is sign- nitely recommend it”, Jennifer Phillips told families. Only Irish citizens can vote in thewho gave it to us said after 20 minutes in ing and not crying!” SEDA News. You can find out more about referendum. You can find out more on www.it your baby will fall sleep. But Caitríona the author on www.louise-phillips.com childrensreferendum.ie“Harry Potter” partied with Dublin footballers Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who plays Harry we didn’t take too much notice of him at the time. a half and, as the players admitted, had a few Potter in the famous films, became the unexpect- It was just general conversation. Then it suddenly drinks with them before posing for pictures with ed guest at a party thrown by Dublin footballers... hit us who it was, it was Daniel Radcliffe standing the footballers and the Tommy Markham Cup. after they met the actor on Grafton Street at 3 am. beside us”. But the Harry Potter actor had to leave early as The Dublin minor Gaelic football team was It turned out the actor was in Dublin to film he was supposed to be on set at 8 am. When he celebrating their win in the All Ireland final last a new movie. Radcliffe was very impressed when was about to get a taxi to Shelbourne hotel where month when they bumped into the star. “There the lads told him they played Gaelic football and he was staying Radcliffe realised that he had no were three of us on Grafton Street at about three congratulated them on their big victory. He want- money on him, so the Dublin footballers had to o’clock and we were on about going back to our ed to celebrate with the team, so they all took a pay for the star. “He was a very nice fella and we captain’s house, and some man came up to us,” taxi to the team captain’s house in Dundrum had some craic”, said one of the lads who was in- one of the footballers told Dublin radio station where the party continued. terviewed on radio. FM104. “He was small enough, wearing a hat and Radcliffe stayed in the house for an hour and
4 NEWSIELTS and PET “very New English File isimportant” for getting packed with amazinga good job features Many of SEDA’s students their course”, said SEDA’s The new version of the course bookwill sit international exams, director of studies Carol is more focussed on speaking and hassuch as IELTS and PET, at the Cregg. “I think if they a structure that fits SEDA’s syllabusend of their course early next came here all the way to perfectly. Every English File book nowyear. The Preliminary English learn English they should comes with a DVD that has all the lis-Test (PET) is intended for pre- also get an internation- tening material on it. Previously theintermediate students, while ally recognized certificate. listening materials only came with thehigher levels will sit the IELTS. These documents are very Teacher’s books. The new English FileThe tests are obligatory because serious for anyone wish- also has a number of digital add-onsSEDA’s ACELS accreditation ing to work in an inter- that can help students to learn on their– top quality mark for English national company. In fact, own. One such novelty is the iTutor – alanguage schools in Ireland it’s the first thing many Last month SEDA teachers started using the free digital companion to the book and– requires it to finish every employers ask when in- new 3rd edition of English File – the general an app that you can download on your smart-long-term course with an inter- terviewing people for SEDA gaines ACELS ac- English course book. The new edition is a great phone.national exam. IELTS and PET jobs – they want to see the improvement and a joy to use, teachers say. “The The new English File books can be bought creditation earlier this year new book is totally modern and up to date withcertificates, which all students official certificate showing or rented in SEDA’s reception. The book costs 30will get following the exams, their level of English. They the times we live in, and it has a better structure euro to buy and 5 euro to rent. However students PET exam along with IELTS are too,” said SEDA’s director of studies Carol Cregg.are valuable assets in any career. don’t care if the student lived wishing to rent also have to pay a deposit of 25 currently world leaders and are “It is also packed with useful features that will “The certificates are very in an English-speaking country euro which they will get back after returning the internationally recognized”. make it a lot easier for students to learn Englishimportant for students who for a year, they want to see the books (provided that the books are in good con-want to get a good job after exam results. And Cambridge on their own”. dition). Brave Aline thanks SEDA for help From page 1 ginha in the state of Minas take medication which makes their life to the maximum while Gerais. After the accident doc- her feel drowsy during the day. they are here”, the disabled girl “It’s very difficult to pay tors told Aline that she would As a result, she spends most of said. “Being an exchange stu- the bills and make ends never be able to walk again, but her days inside the home with dent is a really unique experi- meet”, said the disabled the brave girl is determined her mother. “It can get very ence – so be active and don’t let student. “I have donations to get back on her feet. She lonely here”, said Aline. “Most this time pass you by!” boxes in many places around now goes through a gruelling of my friends have left Dublin Dublin, but they don’t fill up physiotherapy regime in order and at the moment I don’t real- every month”. to overcome her injury. And ly know anyone here. I’m really There are two donations Aline has made some consid- crazy for this phase of my life erable progress, like being able to pass and am really looking You can donate by putting boxes for Aline in SEDA’s to flex her leg muscles and raise forward to doing something money in a donations box at reception. It costs 10 cents her legs. She can already walk exciting again, being active and SEDA’s reception. You can to make a photocopy using using parallel bars for support. having more friends around also transfer money to Aline’s the Xerox machine located “I have my goal – to walk again me”. Aline adds that she would bank account: there, and all the money collected from students for – and with God’s help I will be very happy to have more reach it”, she says. visitors in her home or to have Aline Nogueira de Barros making copies goes to Aline. Normally Aline is a very someone to go out with. AIB The students are also free to happy, bubbly and outgoing She also sent her best re- Acc. number: 07636182 make whatever contribution person, but because if her rigor- gards to SEDA students. “I Sorting Code: 93-32-95 they wish in addition to the photocopying charges. ous treatment regime she does would like to wish the students not have the time to go out and to enjoy their time in Ireland You can contact Aline on: Aline Barros and her meet people. She also has to as much as possible and to live Linibarros_3@hotmail.comAline Barros and her mother Sylvia mother Sylvia are from Var-
SEDA STAFF 5Ireland’s a long way from home,but Canadian teacher Ashleighis happy in SEDAEvery month SEDA News interviews a teacher so you couldget to know them better. This time we spoke toASHLEIGH LANGILLE, who is from Canada. Ashleigh toldus that she is getting on quite well in Ireland except for one Toronto, Canada has very cold win-thing – there is no Canadian peanut butter here! ters, but also very hot summers - it is something that Ashleigh misses in Ireland... as well as peanut butter! Where are you from and how did you a little bit of Spanish and Portuguese here asstart working in SEDA? well which has been very interesting! Dublin has a great buzz to it. I live near Phoenix Park and I love to take walks in the I’m from Toronto, Canada, and I moved What are your plans? park too. I also love hiking in Wicklow andto Dublin this time last year. I’m a quali- the Dublin mountains. I like watching filmsfied primary school teacher in Canada, but At the moment I’m looking to extend my and reading too...for the last two years I worked in London, Irish visa and I’m hoping to stay here for an-teaching English to children. So when I other year. There are still a lot of European What can you recommend students tocame to Dublin I hoped to expand my expe- countries that I haven’t seen! I’ll go back to do in Dublin?rience and apply my skills to teaching Eng- Canada for Christmas to visit my family, butlish to adults. I applied to SEDA and got the I’ll be back here in the New year. Hopefully Ashleigh’s family is “as Canadian as Get out and do as much as you can! Ijob! I’ve been here for three months and I I’ll be able to stay for another year, we’ll see they come” and she has no known know the weather doesn’t make it easy tohave to say it’s been a great experience teach- what happens! Irish connections, yet she really likes travel around, but get yourself a good um-ing adults of different ages and levels! it here! brella and a pair of wellies and get out of the Does your family in Canada have any house! Dublin has so much to offer – walk- What brought you to Dublin? Irish connections? ferent so when I go home I always come ing tours, shows, concerts, comedy nights. back with a big kilo jar of peanut butter. I’ve Get chatting to the locals in the pub, that’s As I said I was in London for the last two None, unfortunately. If I had any UK or just run out, so I’m looking forward to go- a good way to improve your English! I canyears and I loved living abroad, but unfortu- European roots – that would have come in ing home to get another jar! Canada also has recommend O’Reilly’s pub, which is just un-nately I couldn’t extend my visa in the UK very handy when I was trying to get a UK very warm summers and I miss the hot sum- der Tara Street Dart station along the quays.and so I looked into where the next best op- visa, but my family are as Canadian as they mer weather which we didn’t get here.tion would be. That’s how I came across the come and I wasn’t able to get any sort of an- What’s nice to see in Canada?one-year holiday visa that I could get here in cestry visa. Hopefully my family are going Do you meet many Canadians in Dub-Ireland. So I applied for that and was able to to come over and visit me. They haven’t seen lin? If you like big cities Toronto is a greatcome over here with no problem. I wanted much of Europe and I miss them. place to visit. There are lots of things to doto travel around Europe for a bit more and I I’ve met a few, though not as many as I and see, like the CN tower which is amaz-wasn’t ready to fly home to Canada just yet. Is there anything else that you miss here met in the UK. I just bump into them ran- ing. There are also a lot of really fun sport- in Ireland? domly. Many of them don’t live here and are ing events like ice hockey, American football How do you find working in SEDA? just visiting Dublin. or baseball games. Niagara Falls would be a I miss tobogganing in the winter time. great tourist attraction. Just walking along It’s great! It’s been wonderful meeting In Canada we get lots of snow and it’s good What do you like to do when you’re not the Falls is breathtaking!people from all over the world. In every class to go for a toboggan in the hills. I also miss teaching?I think I’ve found something new about a craft peanut butter which you cannot get inculture or a language. I’ve started learning Ireland. The peanut butter here is very dif- I like to just explore the city. I think
6 YOUR STORY“Superb” Javier is like Xavito his Dublin teamSEDA student Javier Barrios Gonzalez from Venezuela is playing footballfor a Dublin team and has helped his club score several victories this season. Hisexploits have been all over the local press who have called him “superb”. When Javier first arrived in Dublin from every Wednesday and has already helped In Venezuela JavierVenezuela he only had a few words of Eng- the Dublin side score two important vic- played for a well-knownlish. But now, after six months in Ireland, tories this season*. “I play as a striker, but club called Casa Portu-the South American can communicate with sometimes I also play in midfield,” says the guesa de Aragua. He wasease. Javier is thankful to his teachers in SEDA student. “We have had four games in on the club’s professionalSEDA, but the Venezuelan also gets plenty this tournament and won two of them. I was team which competed inof speaking and listening practice outside of responsible for three out of five goals that we the second division of theschool – on the football pitch where he plays scored, so I think the team are happy with Venezuelan championship.for a local club called Hermitage Clinic FC. my work!” Irish local newspapers covering His current side is in the the games have regularly mentioned Javier’s Dublin amateur league, but Javier says most of his teammates are exploits on the pitch, calling him “classy” Javier says the players areIrish and playing with them is a great way to and “superb”. on the same level as him:improve his English. He trains with the club “The guys I play with are very quick and very strong. At every match they give their best to win”. SEDA student Javier Gonzalez is a top scorer for his Dublin side The Venezuelan says he of studies. is already getting used to the Irish way of life “SEDA has excellent teachers and I’m and the weather, though, admittedly, this very grateful to them,” he said. “It’s a great has been hard. After six months here he is school where I met many friends from many convinced that Irish people have an “easier” countries. At the moment I think I would life than people in his home country do. This like to stay here to study more and improve month Javier is finishing his course in SEDA my English. I really miss my family, but I and is planning to work during the six- also really like Dublin and SEDA!” month holiday that will follow the course. In Venezuela he earned his living as a builder *SEDA News interviewed Javier in the and interior decorator, and the SEDA stu- middle of September. Since then his club dent is really looking forward to finding a Hermitage FC gained several more victo- job in this field. If he is successful Javier is ries, with Javier scoring a hat-trick in oneHermitage Athletic FC play in a Dublin amateur league planning to stay in SEDA for another year of the games. Final entries of writing competition published! SEDA News publishes some of the entries we got for our student writing competition. The competi- tion is now in its final round! To enter just write about your first impressions of Ireland and send you text to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVING IN IRELAND 7Scams and how to avoid them: Part IIThere are many scams that target foreign students in Ireland and SEDA News exposes some of the most common ones. Thismonth we look at suspicious job ads on internet sites like gumtree.ie and a well-known Dublin scam that involves an “offer thatyou can’t refuse” – expensive electronics (or designer clothes) at a fraction of their normal price. Cut-price electronics and super Hiring an experienced masseuse cheap designer clothes with “hand relief” skills Last month SEDA News exposed Nigerian scammers who send fake job offers to foreign students in Ireland with the intention of obtaining money from them. But every now and then it gets worse: the offer may be genuine, but then it turns out that the job is of a A typical ad on Gumtree.ie for sexual nature. This is a real story that happened to a masseuse with some “extra skills” SEDA student Tatiana Silva a few months girl asked him if she could come to his of- ago. The 22-year-old girl from South Amer- fice instead the caller said he worked in a ica had just arrived in Ireland and was look- very “busy” location and insisted that the ing for a part-time job on a well-known interview would have to take place in her website called gumtree.ie. She spotted an home or she wouldn’t get the job. He also ad for a masseuse. Tatiana had done mas- started explaining her work duties in more sage in her country and decided to apply detail, but the man was using language that for the position. The girl soon got an e-mail the beginner English student did not quite reply from a man who introduced himself understand. as Alan Grimes. The e-mail said that the “He spoke the words “hand relief ” a job was based in a hotel and Tatiana could couple of times, but I didn’t know what that start by providing massage to two custom- expression meant,” said Tatiana. “His voiceA laptop, a DVD player and a videogame – would you buy the lot for €500? ers. The pay was very good: €70 per session, had a strange tone. I got the idea that he and the student could earn over €1500 per was talking about something sexual”. Would you like to have a new laptop? of roughly the same weight as the electron- week, the e-mail said. After the telephone conversation Tati-What about a DVD player and a cool new ic equipment. The seller swapped the bags “In my country I could earn maybe ana started to have major doubts about thevideo game? What would you do if some- while his victim was using the ATM. about 10 euro for a massage, so it seemed job and went to SEDA for advice. She spokeone offered you to buy all of these things for like a very attractive offer”, Tatiana Silva to the school’s student support workersjust 500 euro? Would you say yes? Beware: A well-known variation of this scam in- told SEDA News. “I said I would do it and who were able to explain what hand reliefthis is the start of a classic Dublin scam that volves an Italian man selling Armani suits. then the man asked me to send him my means – stimulation of a man’s penis withhas left dozens of people out of pocket. Un- A few students have reported being stopped photo and phone number”. the hand. Tatiana didn’t want the job any-fortunately, some SEDA students have also by a man with an Italian accent who offered After that “Alan Grimes” called Ta- more. She stopped correspondence withbecome victims of this fraud. them to buy several Armani suits for as little tiana to set up a job interview. Bizarrely, the gumtree.ie advertiser and deleted all This is how the scam works. The scammer as €300. Of course, the catch is that the suits the man said he wanted to interview the of his e-mails. She never heard from himusually targets foreigners and approaches are fake and not worth the money. Remem- SEDA student in her own home. When the again.them while they’re walking in the street in a ber: if the offer seems too good to be true itcar which is driven by another man. The vic- probably isn’t!tim is asked if they want do a quick deal andbuy several expensive electronic items at afraction of their normal price. If the victim HOW TO AVOID BEINGseems interested the scammer shows them SCAMMED The €5 recipethe goods, which are in perfect condition. An ex- student, who was duped in sucha scam, told SEDA News that he was offered 1) Protect your identity anda new laptop, a DVD player and a brand details as these can be used bynew Nintendo DS video game – all for just fraudsters. Every month SEDA News brings you recipes of tasty dishes€600. The scammers made the impressionthat they were in a hurry and wanted to cut 2) Always verify the identity of which you can cook for as little as 5 euro (or even less!)the deal as quickly as possible. The student, the person or company you’rewho did not want to be named, got into the dealing with: ring their landline Colcannon - traditional heavy-based pan with a lid. When the butter has melted add the kale with a pinch of salt. Cover,car and examined the goods which were ingood condition. Seeing that the seller was number to see if it matches their address, ask the company if the Irish Halloween dish shake well and cook over a high heat for 1 min- ute. Shake the pan again and cook for anotherdesperate for money, the student started to person you’re dealing with really Ingredients: minute. Drain off any liquid and then season thehaggle with him, bringing the price down to works for them etc. 1kg potatoes, peeled kale with pepper.€500. 250g curly kale, well washed and finely sliced The scammer then placed all the goods (you can also use finely chopped scallions which Drain the potatoes, add in the milk and mash 3) If you’re buying something in- until smooth, then beat in the kale and thein a black satchel bag and drove to the near- sist on buying it from the person’s you add into the potatoes with the milk. Savoy cabbage also works well) remaining butter. Season to taste with salt andest ATM. The student got out of the car and home. pepper. That’s it!used the bank machine to get cash. The 100mls milkseller demanded the cash while the student 100g butter 4) If the offer seems too good to Colcannon can be enjoyed with any meal, but Salt and freshly ground black pepperwas still outside the car. As soon as he got be true it probably isn’t (true). is traditionally eaten with boiled ham or bacon.the €500 the man handed his victim a black Instructions: Enjoy!satchel bag and drove off. There was no lap- 5) If you’re in doubt ask SEDA Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water. Heat atop, no DVD player and no Nintendo DS in staff for help! knob of butter and two tablespoons of water in a Share your recipes! E-mail: email@example.com bag, just a couple of old telephone books
8 GOING OUT Boo!SHOWS & GIGS JENNIFER LOPEZ The O2 Arena, Dublin Friday, 19 OctoberSuperstar Jennifer Lopez will play herfirst ever show in Ireland as part of her Halloween ‘Dance Again’ world tour. Tickets from 54.65 euro. Get Back: The Story of The Beatles is coming Olympia Theatre October 26 & 27A musical about the greatest band inthe world – The Beatles. Tickets from €25. 31 of October is Halloween – a festival which is all about the dead, evil spirits, mythical monsters, horror films and the occult. Halloween is celebrated all over the world, but its origins are believed JACK WHITE The O2 to be in an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain, so you could say that Ireland is the birth place of October 31 Halloween!Key member of the White Stripes andThe Raconteurs will play his first Irish Irish Halloween Traditions Colcannon and loween. Each item has a symbolic significance for the family mem-solo show on October 31. Tickets from barmbrack ber who gets it in their meal. For €39.05. example, getting a ring may mean Trick or treating treat. So think twice before refus- Traditional Irish Halloween din- that the person will marry soon. ing these little monsters! ANDREA BOCELLI ner consists of colcannon – a mix Nowadays if you buy a readymade The O2 On Halloween children of mashed potatoes and cabbage barmbrack in an Irish shop or su- Tuesday, 06 November in Ireland dress up as witches, – and boiled ham or bacon. When permarket it will often contain a goblins and other it comes to dessert many Irish peo- small toy ring.The world’s most popular tenor will per- scary characters and ple have barmbrack at Halloween.form with orchestra and choir at the O2 walk from house to in Dublin. Tickets from €55 to €155. A barmbrack (or house, knocking on brack) is yeasted doors and shouting: bread with sul- WWE RAW WORLD TOUR “Trick or Treat!” The tanas or raisins. The O2, Dublin children are asking Quite often people Thursday, November 8th. for a “treat” – usual- put rings and vari-Some of the wrestling superstars com- ly sweets or cakes – ous other “secret”ing to Dublin: John Cena, CM Punk, and threatening the items (a thimble, homeowner with a a coin, a piece ofChris Jericho, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, “trick” (a prank of cloth etc) insideR-Truth, Zack Ryder, Kofi Kingston, Kelly some kind) if theyKelly, Beth Phoenix and many more! a colcannon or don’t give them the barmbrack at Hal- Tickets from €33.50 to €76.00. FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE Jack-o’-Lantern The O2, Dublin Bonfires and fireworks 12 DecemberHugely successful band will play an Ja c k - o’ - In Ireland fire is a major part of Halloween cele-end of year date in Dublin. The show is brations. It is common for people to light huge bon- lantern is acalled Farewell to 2012 Fancy Dress Par- fires and use fireworks even though all fireworks are carved pump-ty and fans are invited to come in their illegal (apart from the ones used by entertainment kin, which kids best costumes. Tickets from €39.05. professionals). usually make for Hallow- You can be arrested if you light a firework or een. The name GLEN HANSARD even keep one in your home, but every Halloween, comes from anVicar Street Venue, Thomas Street, despite the many Garda warnings, thousands of Dublin 8 old story about them go off all over the country. People usually buy December 18 a nasty farmer called Stingy Jack. Accord- fireworks in Northern Ireland where they are legalIrish musician and star of the movie and smuggle them into the Republic in their cars. ing to the story the farmer was so meanOnce will play an intimate gig in Dub- that the Devil came after him to take his lin’s Vicar Street. Tickets from €30. soul. But Jack played a trick on the Devil and captured him using his crucifix. The ASLAN farmer then made the Devil promise him Vicar Street (Dublin 8) Fancy dress parties and Jackson’s Thriller is the unofficial theme song to never ever take his soul. But after a for this time of year, with thousands of party December 27th Thriller goers imitating the zombie dance from the while Jack died (of natural reasons). HeThe Irish band Aslan are celebrating 30 video. wasn’t accepted into Heaven as he wasyears together this year and they will The week around Halloween is mad in a very nasty person, but he was also re- Ireland, especially in big cities fused entrance to Hell because the Devilplay material from their new album as like Dublin. Most people dress up had promised not to take his soul. Thuswell as old hits such as Crazy World. (scary costumes are traditional, but Jack was condemned to wander the Earth Tickets from 25 euro. nowadays people wear anything – forever. The legend goes that the Devil, costumes of Batman, Superman, Jesus, you name it) and go out to mocking him, threw Jack a burning em-Tickets to all these shows are available party. Pubs and nightclubs get ber to help light his way. Jack placed the from Ticketmaster outlets. Halloween decorations and serve ember in a lantern carved out of a turnip To book by phone call: 0818 719 300 “creepy” drinks (usually cocktails and from that day he forever haunts theOnline booking: www.ticketmaster.ie with names like Frankenstein’s Earth, lighting his way with his “Jack-o’- Bride, Beetlejuice etc). Michael lantern”.
GOING OUT 9Ireland’s Top 5 Other Events Ireland vs Germany South Africa on November 10th and Ar-creepiest places October 12 @ the Aviva Stadium gentina on November 24th. Tickets for the Ireland will play game against South Africa: €15-€65; Ar- against Germany in a gentina game: €10-€55. Book on irishrug- World Cup 2014 qual- by.ie and ticketmaster.ie5 2 ifying match on Oc- Kilmainham Gaol St. Michan’s Church tober 12. Tickets are Dublin Marathon available from www. October 29 on the streets of Dublin Located St. Michan’s church in Dublin’s ticketmaster.ie. Prices The 33rd Dublin just a 15-min- Church Street is famous for its crypt con- start from 35 euro. Marathon will take ute walk from taining three well-preserved mummies. One ofSEDA Kilmainham Gaol the mummies has its hands and feet chopped off, place on Octoberis said to be haunted by and another one is said to be the corpse of a me- International 29 on Bank Holiday Monday. Up to 14 000both former prisonersand evil wardens. The dieval crusader. Some say the church is haunted by the spirits of the dead and some people have Rugby people will run the Novermber 10&24 @ course which passesscariest place in the pris- reported feeling icy cold fingers running down the Aviva Stadium historic Georgianon is said to be its chapel their necks as they were examining the corpses.where some people have The crypts can be visited every day of the week Ireland’s rugby streets of Dublin.seen lights mysteriously going on and off. Oth- except Sunday. St Michan’s church is also remark- team will play againsters have reported hearing footsteps and strange able because it contains the death mask of thesounds emanating from cells and corridors. Dur- Irish patriot Wolfe Tone and the organ on which WIN FREE TICKETSing the Great Famine it was common for small the composer George Frederic Handel practicedchildren to be sent into Kilmainham for stealing his masterpiece “Messiah”.food, and some of them died in the cells which www.stmichans.com To Gravedigger Bus Tour!were packed with inmates at the time. Thereforeit is not surprising that a girl wearing 19-centuryclothes is one of the ghosts reported to haunt theprison... The jail is open every day of the week.The tour guides mostly talk about the prison’s his- The Gravedigger Bus tour – the scariest tour in Dublin this Halloween – has kind-tory and famous inmates like the leaders of the ly offered TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS to SEDA News readers for FREE! To enter theEaster Rising, but ask them about ghosts haunt- competition and be in with a chance to win the tickets write a (short) scary story anding the jail and they’ll tell you many stories... send it to NEWS@SEDA.IE. The authors of the best stories will get the tickets!4 Malahide Castle Malahide Castle is one of North 1 Dublin’s best-known tourist attractionsand it is haunted by an impressive five ghosts!The most famous of these is called Puck. For 800 Leap Castleyears the castle was home to the Talbot family,and at one stage the dwarf Puck was the family’s Leap Castle in county Offaly isresident jester (there is even a small entrance said to be the most haunted castle incalled “Puck’s door” in the dining room). The Ireland. In the 16th century it was owned bypoor man fell in love with a noble woman stay- the O’Carroll family which fought a bloody waring in the house and, after being rejected by her, against other Irish clans. The O’Carrolls wouldcommitted suicide by stabbing himself through often invite guests to dinner at the castle and thenthe heart. His ghost made a famous appearance massacre them before they could finish the meal.in 1976 when the castle’s furniture was being sold Below the dining room there was a secret dun-off and a dwarf-like figure still emerges on some geon (oubliette), into which many unwary gueststourist photographs of the castle. were dropped through a trap door and left to die www.malahidecastle.com (if they hadn’t already after falling on spikes pro-3 truding from the floor). It is said that in the 1920s when the castle was damaged by fire several cart- Belfast Grand Opera loads of bones were removed from the oubliette House by workers who were restoring the building. The castle also has a “Bloody Chapel”, where, it is said, The magnificent one of the O’Carrolls murdered his own brother,Grand Opera House who was a priest.was opened in Belfastin 1895. It is said that Because of all the atrocities committed inseveral ghosts haunt the Leap Castle it is haunted by many ghosts. Thetheatre. Cast members most terrifying of all is a violent hunched beasthave seen a face looking called the Elemental which reeks of rottingat them from a window corpses and sulphur... It is also said that on someon the top floor. Opera nights a mysterious light goes on in the BloodyHouse staff members Chapel. The castle is now a private residence ofhave also reported a Seán Ryan, who is undertaking restoration work.feeling that someone was behind them when The owners sometimes allow visits to the castle.nobody was there, especially while standing onstage. Actors say they often feel like they’re be-ing followed in the stage area, and the most oftenseen ghost at the theatre is a mysterious figure ina long, black hooded cloak that always appearson stage. Some think the ghost to be a former ac-tor, still waiting for the curtain to go down on hisfinal role. The Northern Ireland Paranormal Re-search Association investigated the Grand OperaHouse, and claims to have come in contact withseveral spirits. http://www.goh.co.uk/
10 PHOTO ALBUMSEDA students throw another house party Margaret’s class is treating themselves to some dessert Been to an interesting place or a new country? Send your photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org Roanderson Branco travelliingAndressa Karen, teacher Margaret, Netania Gomes,Karina Borges and Mauricio Ribeiro Javier Gonzalez in Barcelona Marcelo Adriano and Joao Gabriel Reis meet ex-stu- Andres Ricardo Tello at Abbey RoadIt’s Culture Night and Raul Correa is in the Dublin dents of SEDA Pauline Boivin and Emilie Pigeard in in London: Oh no! The Beatles haveWax Museum with Gollum: yesss Precioussss! Paris already left!
PHOTO ALBUM 11May the Force be with you: Raul Correa in the Dublin Wax Museum Andres Ricardo Tello and Maria Antonietta Stehlik in Porto, Portugal Franciele Danubia Schibelbain and her friends at the Cliffs of MoherJavier Gonzalez’s team in Venezuela: Casa Portuguesa de Aragua FCFernando Pascussi and Raisa Polatti at the Dublin Oktoberfest. Prost! Roanderson Branco and his gorgeous red Ferrari