More than 200 free events planned as Lifelong Learning returns to Limerick

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

The Southill Women’s Group celebrating the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote as part of the Lifelong Learning Festival  Picture: Keith Wiseman

The Southill Women’s Group celebrating the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote as part of the Lifelong Learning Festival Picture: Keith Wiseman

LIMERICK’S Lifelong Learning Festival makes a return to the city and county for its eighth consecutive year during the third week of March.

With more than 200 events and activities to entertain and involve people of all ages, all events throughout the week are free of charge and available for everyone. 

Along with the annual festival’s tagline of ‘Communities, Connecting, Learning’ the theme for this year’s festival is ‘Limerick Together for Equitable and Inclusive Learning’.

The week-long festival promotes learning as fun, with events including performances, taster sessions, tours, displays, lectures, walks, and workshops taking place right across Limerick in a variety venues including on water and in libraries, museums, colleges, resource, family and community centres, parks and on the streets.

Events include Easter Laughs and Crafts in East Limerick locations, digital skills with Mobile IT in Bruree, learning how to be a hands-on archaeologist in Limerick City Museum and an introduction to animation with Limerick School of Art and Design. 

There are hundreds of events on varied topics ranging from business, drama, maths and sports to guided tours, exhibitions and workshops across the city and county. 

All events are listed in a daily schedule in the free 2018 Festival Programme booklet which is available on www.limerick.ie/lovelearning. 

The weeklong festival is organised by the Learning Limerick Steering Group, which represents the main stakeholders involved in promoting learning across Limerick City and County.

Learning Limerick is a member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities and in 2017 Limerick received a UNESCO Learning City Award. 

“On behalf of the steering group, I would like to express my thanks to all the various event organisers for planning the fantastic events scheduled for this year’s festival,” Learning Limerick chair Eimear Brophy said.

“I also wish to acknowledge our sponsors who provide vital funding to run the festival each year. I look forward to attending lots of the events during the week and encourage everyone to also get out there and participate in this great celebration of learning.”

Mayor of Limerick City and County Stephen Keary said the festival gives people the opportunity to return to learning. 

“Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival is giving people the opportunity to dip their toes back into learning, hoping to ignite that dormant spark.” 

“What is very heartening to see is that all the agencies and stakeholders are working very closely in partnership to make sure the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival is the best it can be.” The 2018 Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival takes place from Monday 19 to Sunday March 25.