Lifelong learning festival begins in Limerick

Mary Hamilton, City of Limerick V.E.C, Cathaoirleach Jerome Scanlon, Limerick city and county Manager Conn Murray, Mayor Gerry McLoughlin and festival co-ordinator Yvonne Lane. Picture: Sean Curtin.
LIMERICK’S Lifelong Learning Festival begins this week, with more free events than ever before.

LIMERICK’S Lifelong Learning Festival begins this week, with more free events than ever before.

Now in its third year, the festival will see almost 200 free events and activities on offer in both Limerick city and county promoting and celebrating learning in all its forms.

The festival, from March 18-24, will showcase the wide range of learning events happening throughout Limerick for all age groups. The activities taking place range from laughter yoga 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, March 23, will be a celebration of festival highlights. It will run from 11am – 2pm and will include a variety of performances, workshops and displays including a story factory, and free entry to the Thomond Park Museum.

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.

“Our goal is to offer the people of Limerick fun and interesting opportunities to get involved in new and exciting learning experiences,” said festival co-ordinator Yvonne Lane. “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.

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. Mr Murray people who take up these courses are “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.” See to get details of the events for each day.