FROM learning how to bake bread to how to calm a frazzled mind, almost 200 free courses will be available to the public during the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival.
Running from March 18 to 24, the festival is encouraging people to pick up a skill they have always dreamed of or venture for something completely new.
At its launch in County Hall in Dooradoyle this week, the manager of both Limerick local authorities, Conn Murray, said learning should never end.
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘learn your way to the future’, reflecting the need for lifelong learning and to continually upskill in a challenging environment.
Some events will run over a number of days, giving participants the opportunity to find a date to fit their schedule.
Festival co-ordinator Yvonne Lane said their goal is to offer people “fun and interesting opportunities to get involved in new and exciting experiences.”
“It doesn’t matter what stage of life you are at, you can learn something new at the Limerick Lifelong festival,” she said.
Mr Murray said these classes will help put participants “on a road that will bring them the self-confidence and self-esteem they require to make informed choiced about their personal and professional lives”.
“Lifelong learning is essential for everyone. Lifelong learning is a process which lasts throughout our adult lives, and includes all kinds of learning,” he said.
Cathaoirleach, Cllr Jerome Scanlan, pointed out the breadth of events on offer throughout the county, including a walking tour of the Blackhill Organic Farm in Newcastle West and a Grow your own fruit and vegetables event at Abbeyfeale community education centre.
Many of the events will be featured in the Thomond Park Showcase on Saturday, March 23, from 11am to 2pm. It also includes free entry to the Thomond Park Museum.
The online radio station iMix of Limerick College of Further Education will become the ‘voice of the festival’ by dedicating all its programming across the week to the festival.
Media sponsors of the event include the Limerick Leader and Live 95FM.
Free copies of the festival programme are now available in stores throughout Limerick, or log on to www.limerick.ie/lovelearning