Pictured at the launch of The Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2023, ‘Come Learn with Me in 2023’ were, Ella Cattermole, West Limerick Resources and Learning Ambassador Patricia Sheehan. Picture: Alan Place
The Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2023 brings the theme “Come Learn with Me in 2023” this Monday 27th March to Sunday 2nd April
The Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2023 runs from Monday 27th March to Sunday 2nd April. This year’s festival theme is “Come Learn with Me in 2023” and features its most comprehensive line-up to date with over 160 totally free events and activities for the public to choose from. 2023’s festival offering includes Art, IT Skills, Language Tasters, entrepreneurship, Guided Tours, Open Days, Educational Pathways, Music, and Cookery.
Participants can also choose from Diversity and Inclusion discussions, Personal and Professional Development talks, Family Learning activities, Public Lectures, Martial Arts and more.
At the recent festival launch held in Istabraq Hall, Deputy Mayor of Limerick City and County Council, Councillor Kieran O’Hanlon, noted the positive effect of the festival, and said: “The range of organisations involved in workshops and events is immense, and participation has increased enormously since the festival first started. This is a mark of commitment to promoting learning in all its forms and the interest in lifelong learning across all groups in society.”
Eimear Brophy, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, and Chair of Learning Limerick recognised Limerick’s continued commitment to the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC), and said: “As a UNESCO Learning-City Region and proud member and award winner of UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC), Limerick reaffirmed its commitment to the Shared Island Programme, a joint initiative between the Irish Network of Learning Cities (INLC), which supports projects between local Government partners throughout the island of Ireland.
The programme involves a series of exchanges and consultation workshops in all five cities of the network, and will involve a delegation visiting Limerick in May this year.”
Eimear also noted the excellent work of the Learning Ambassadors Initiative which was recently shortlisted for an AONTAS Star Award in the Learner Voice Category: “This hugely successful programme embodies the learning ethos and has been an integral component for our previous festivals. It is apt and fitting that this initiative is being recognised on a national level and testament to the hard work and commitment of all those involved.”
The official Festival brochure was also unveiled at the launch and guests were treated to a flavour of what to expect from this year’s festival, with a Zumba lesson from Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board tutor Angel Catala Sempere. Also at the launch, Lifelong Learning advocate and Learning Ambassador, Patricia Sheehan, spoke of her own learning journey and the many positive effects it has had on her life to date; while Learning Limerick Co-ordinator, Yvonne Lane, highlighted a selection of some of the excellent and exciting events that are taking place at this year’s festival.
So, if you would like to find out more about the Ladybirds of Ireland or perhaps you would like to Sing Your Way to Better Lung Health, or maybe you would just like to enhance your own personal or professional development, the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival has something for everyone.
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