Surge in visiting students heralds a revival in legendary Irish welcome
The Atlantic School of English gets a mention in the Irish Examiner over the weekend. Joe Dermody, author of the article, describes Ireland as “enjoying a boom as a destination for foreign students, largely driven by the quality of service, the warm welcome and the greater value the euro is giving visitors over Sterling”
"Almost 1000.000 foreign stidents from over 80 countries who were educated throughout Ireland in Marketing English in Ireland (MEI) English langauge schools and colleges last year are estimated to have contributed over €330m to the Irish economy."
"David O'Grady chief executive of MEI, said:..."
"...The feedback we're getting is that the students experience in Ireland is more family-based, a more human-based contact. We're being told that Irish people are more friendly, more welcoming and more open..."
"MEI represents 54 member schools across the country. These include Dublin Cultural Institute Ltd and DCU Language Services, Cork English College (CEC), UCC Language Centre and the Atlantic School of English and Active Leisure in Schull, Co.Cork."
Originally published in the Irish Examiner 28th August 2015