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2022 Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival – Pictured at the 2022 Connections mosaic exhibition in Newcastle West Saturday, May 28, 2022. Picture: Kris Luszczki/ilovelimerick.

The theme for the 2022 Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival encouraged all to ‘Learn Something New in 2022’

By I Love Limerick correspondent Rachel Petticrew

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Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2022. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick.

The 12th Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival took place across the county from May 23 to 29, 2022 and was met with great spirit and an even better turnout. 

The annual festival, organised by the Learning Limerick Steering Group, took place in person this year, for the first time since 2019 and coincided with the renewal of Limerick’s commitment to promote learning as a member of the Irish Network of Learning Cities; with a formal agreement signed by Deputy Mayor Cllr Tom Ruddle on behalf Limerick City and County on Wednesday, May 20, 2022.

A busy programme of events took place for the 2022 Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival in communities across Limerick city and county, catering for enthusiastic learners of all ages. 

In keeping with the theme of this year’s festival, ‘Learn Something New in 2022’, Our Lady Of Lourdes Community Centre in Rosbrien held a workshop on ‘planting something new’, where eager learners got the basics in growing and re-potting flora, just in time for summer.

The ‘Art Meets Crafts at the Coach House’ exhibition was a celebration of artists enrolled in community-based adult education across Limerick, with over 100 works on show at the unique venue, located to the rear of The People’s Museum of Limerick on Pery Square. The showcase attracted visitors for the duration of the festival, on display until Friday, June 3. 

College of Further Education and Training Kilmallock Road Campus celebrated lifelong learning by showcasing the numerous academic and vocational training courses they offer to learners of all ages and abilities at its May 25 Open Day. This year, the campus was eager to highlight its English for Employability course, ideal for those arriving in Limerick from Ukraine or indeed any other nation. Kilmallock Road Campus has alumni from around the world, something the college celebrated on May 26 with an Intercultural Day – attended by students and staff from over 30 countries.

The flagship event of the 2022 Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival was the UNESCO Learning Cities Seminar, hosted by the University of Limerick at its new City Centre Campus. The event featured five guest speakers from the Irish Network of Learning Cities; Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Derry/Strabane and Limerick. Those in attendance also heard from local learners and took part in interactive lifelong-learning activities.

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Pictured at the Plant Something New for 2022 event at Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick.

Other engaging lifelong learning events included the ‘Connections – Message in Mosaic’ exhibition in Newcastle West, celebrating art created at West Limerick community learning classes, and an Information Fair held at The Urban Co-Op, Ballysimon Road, which promoted ‘corporate social responsibility’ – how Limerick businesses can link up with social enterprises to deliver positive community impacts.

“Each year, Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival has something for everyone,” said Festival Coordinator, Yvonne Lane. “There is a high level of engagement from our local communities and members of the wider public each year. This is a mark of the commitment to promoting learning in all its forms, and an interest in lifelong learning across all groups in Limerick society.” 

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Pictures: Kris Luszczki/ilovelimerick

Pictures: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick

Pictures: Kris Luszczki/ilovelimerick

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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