Weeklong Learning Festival Starts Monday 15th April

  • Department of Creative Media, Further Education and Training students, Marc Notre, Helen O’ Callaghan and Brandon Hanley. Picture: Alan Place
Department of Creative Media, Further Education and Training students, Marc Notre, Helen O’ Callaghan and Brandon Hanley. Picture: Alan Place

The 14th Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival is taking place from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st  April, with the theme this year Learn, Grow, Explore in 2024.

It features over 150 free events and activities to choose from throughout the week including in-person and online events, walking tours, talks, arts and crafts, workshops, exhibitions, music and more. Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival has something for everyone; whatever your age and whatever your particular interests may be.

This year’s festival was officially launched on March 22nd at the College of Further Education and Training, Mulgrave Street Campus by the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell. Speaking at the launch, Mayor Mitchell said:

“At the heart of our festival is the belief that learning should be fun and accessible for everyone. Following our motto – Communities, Connecting, Learning - we invite you to embark on a journey of exploration, engagement, and pure celebration. I anticipate strong participation from our local communities and the broader public, both from within Limerick and beyond, mirroring the high levels of engagement we have witnessed in previous years. I have no doubt it will be another great success, guiding curious minds on their perpetual journey of discovery.”

Some examples of events taking place through this week include - 

  • A Painting Showcase from learners at College of FET, Mulgrave Street Campus and a Learner Art Exhibition from Northside Family Resource Centre at Watch House Cross Community Library. 
  • Language Tasters from University of Limerick with languages ranging from Arabic to Spanish. 
  • Lunchtime Health Information Sessions in local libraries from Healthy Ireland on topics such as lifestyle medicine, minding ourselves, heart health, wellbeing and staying connected. 
  • Advice based on the Principles of the Food Pyramid from Limerick Food Partnership at the Tait Community Kitchen. 
  • Tour of Limerick Museum and the beautiful lacemaking there. 
  • Explore Europe, or Explore Your Local Youth Club from Limerick Youth Service. 
  • Poetry, Music and Creative Writing are included with other activities from Community Education programmes offered by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. 
  • A Business Ideas Workshop from Ballyhoura Development. 
  • A Taste of Higher Education, Digital Marketing and CV Skills from Technological University of the Shannon (TUS). 
  • An Open Choir Rehearsal for anyone who likes to sing in Mary Immaculate College. 
  • A Launch of Learning Hubs at College of FET, Kilmallock Town and Cappamore Campuses.

There is also a flagship event being held at The Life Centre, Henry Street on Thursday 18th April – celebrating the lifelong learning festival with a variety of fun interactive learning activities based on creativity and wellness.

Eimear Brophy, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, and Chair of Learning Limerick Steering Group, highlighted the importance of Limerick’s role as a UNESCO Learning City and winner of the UNESCO Learning City Award. She said:

“Limerick is committed to supporting, promoting, and improving lifelong learning across the city and county. Learning Limerick is also an active member of the Irish Network of UNESCO Learning Cities, an initiative aimed at increasing collaboration and establishing connections with our partner Learning Cities throughout the Island. These important relationships provide the opportunity for the sharing of learning and best practice initiatives between partner cities, which can then be incorporated into our own festivals’ development.”

A complete listing of festival events is available on www.limerick.ie/lovelearning.

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