Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival in Thomond Park Stadium Showcase event is a huge success

Lifelong Learning Festival in Thomond Park Stadium

Lifelong Learning Festival in Thomond Park Stadium 2016 – Paul Kirby and Anne Morris, Limerick Chamber Skillnets, Anna Rooney and Yvonne Lane, Learning Limerick and Patrick Mercie, Forward2Success. Picture: Pat Browne, Munster Business.

Lifelong Learning Festival in Thomond Park Stadium

Lifelong Learning Festival in Thomond Park Stadium – Community Education Organisers and learners with their wooden panels exploring the 1916 Proclamation

Limericks Lifelong Learning Festival 2016 got off to a fantastic start with more than 600 people attending its opening showcase last Saturday, April 16th in Thomond Park Stadium.

A huge number of events took place with fascinating workshops held in the breakout rooms: ranging from fun science for kids ran by Mary Immaculate College with RDS Primary Science Fair, physical activities for young and old with Limerick Sports Partnership, ‘Laughter Works – Laughter Yoga!’ with Angie Lindenau,  ‘Motivational Interviewing’ with William Priestley, and ‘Intentional Living – Do More of What You Love’ with Limerick Chamber Skillnets.  Many of the displays that linked with the Centenary Celebrations, including a colourful display of dolls from St. Munchin’s Women’s Group dressed in authentic 1916 clothes, and wooden panels created by East Limerick Literacy Service learners exploring the 1916 proclamation.

Lifelong Learning Festival in Thomond Park Stadium

Lifelong Learning Festival in Thomond Park Stadium – The ‘Happy Feet’ Line Dancing group with participants joining them in Thomond Park Stadium for the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival showcase

There were also superb stage performances, with Community Education learners with a welcome return performance of their short 1916 drama they did for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade; and Tobi Omoteso wowed the crowd leading his group of young hip hop dancers and doing some truly amazing back flips himself!  The ‘Happy Feet’ Line Dancing group was also a real hit with the crowd getting up and joining in for the fun! Lifelong Learning Festival in Thomond Park Stadium

One of the highlights of the day had to be the grand finale of the fashion show from the Hunt Museum, where participants attending the Showcase got the opportunity to dress up and ‘become a model for a day’.  Walking the red carpet modelling beautiful style from the 12th-20th Century, the Hunt’s expert docents introduced each model and described the clothes and also provided a flavour of what life was like in olden times. One of the participants commented that this experience had really made her ‘dreams come true’. Lifelong Learning Festival in Thomond Park Stadium

Speaking at the event in Thomond Park Stadium, Josephine Cotter-Coughlan, Chair of Learning Limerick said: “This Showcase is a wonderful celebration of the wider Lifelong Learning Festival. It provides a snap-shot of all of the different types of learning taking place in our region. It has been brought into the one venue for a one-day family fun event and we would like to thank all of the groups and organisations for taking part.” Lifelong Learning Festival in Thomond Park Stadium

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