Limerick celebrates third year of festival promoting lifelong learning

Almost 200 FREE events and activities will be on offer in both Limerick City and County later this month promoting and celebrating learning in all its forms.

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Publish Date: Tuesday 5th March 2013

Limerick’s Lifelong Learning Festival celebrates its third year with more free events than ever before!

Almost 200 FREE events and activities will be on offer in both Limerick City and County later this month promoting and celebrating learning in all its forms.

The 2013 Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival takes place from 18th - 24th March and was launched on Monday 4th March by Conn Murray, Limerick City and County Councils Manager at County Hall.

The week-long festival will showcase the wide range of learning events happening throughout Limerick city and county for all age groups. The activities taking place range from laughter yoga and flash mobs to making mosaics, internet for the terrified and introductions to sewing and ballet!

The Thomond Park Showcase, one of the main highlights of the week, on Saturday, 23rd March, will be a celebration of festival highlights. Set up as a ‘learner market’, it will run from 11am – 2pm and will include a variety of performances, workshops and displays including a story factory, free entry to the Thomond Park Museum and a television and video demo studio!

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Learn your Way to the Future’, chosen to reflect the challenging environments we live and work in where we must all embrace the need for lifelong learning.

The festival is organised by the Limerick City of Learning Steering Group, in collaboration with Limerick Communications Office, Limerick County Council, County Limerick VEC, West Limerick Resources and Ballyhoura Developments Ltd.

Some festival events will run over a number of days, giving participants the opportunity to find a suitable date to fit their schedule.

Festival Coordinator, Yvonne Lane, said: "Our goal is to offer the people of Limerick fun and interesting opportunities to get involved in new and exciting learning experiences. It doesn’t matter what stage of life you are at, you can learn something new at the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival."

"There is an exciting mix of wonderful learning events including lectures, exhibitions, information sessions, tours, workshops, demonstrations, and opportunities to try out a new skill," she added.

Officially launching the 2013 event, Limerick City and County Councils Manager, Conn Murray, said it is an outstanding achievement for Limerick that the 2013 festival will be the biggest yet, building on the success of previous years.

"In highlighting the varied courses and classes that are available to people throughout Limerick, the festival partners and the organisations hosting events are putting participants on a road that will bring them the self-confidence and self-esteem they require to make informed choices about their personal and professional lives," he said.

"Lifelong Learning, as promoted by this festival, is a process which lasts throughout our adult lives, and includes all kinds of learning. This is reflected in the programme of events which features events focusing on IT, languages, heritage, and arts and crafts. Learning can broaden an individual’s social circle and in doing so it can help to engender a greater sense of community- I would encourage everyone present here today to visit Limerick.ie/LoveLearning to learn about the various events taking place across Limerick from March 18th to 24th."

Other free events taking place during the festival include:

  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Grow your own Fruit and Vegetables
  • Fashion and Textile Design Workshop
  • Reading with your Child
  • Walking Tours
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Genealogy workshop
  • CPR and First Aid demonstration

The online radio station iMix of Limerick College of Further Education (LCFE) will become the ‘voice of the festival’ by dedicating all of its programming across the week to the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival. Live audio will be streamed through the station’s website www.imixradio.ie and the station will broadcast live from the Thomond Park Festival Event on Saturday, March 23rd. Media sponsors of the festival include the Limerick Leader and Limerick’s Live 95FM.

Free copies of the 2013 Festival Programme are now available throughout Limerick and you can visit www.Limerick.ie/LoveLearning to get details of the events for each day of the festival.

For daily updates search for ‘Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival’ on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @LimerickLearningFest.

Further information: Yvonne Lane, Festival Coordinator. Telephone – 061 419388 or E-Mail ylane@paulpartnership.ie

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