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Children’s Minister Helps LCFE Mark 50 Years In Education

Date: 26 Nov 2013
A rich array of delicious food, dance, music, information and national costumes were again part of this educational, cultural and enjoyable day. A number of live performances included magicians, beat-boxers, fire-throwers, stilt-walkers, pipers, break-dancers and ukuleles. Traditional was fused with the contemporary, including singing ranging from various traditional Irish groups to modern rap. Around 800 people, including learners and staff in the College, got the opportunity to have a look at the fantastic displays, taste ethnic food and talk to the international learners about their home countries.
Minister Fitzgerald visited a number of stands at the event and later addressed a large group of participants on Childcare and Applied Social Studies programmes in LCFE, speaking about the necessity for formal training and qualifications to work within a childcare setting. She also answered a number of questions from learners on these programmes. The Minister then went on to unveil a specially-commissioned piece of art work on the first floor of the building marking ‘50 Years’ of education provision in the city.
Before the unveiling, the Minister delivered a short speech. She stated: “I wish to congratulate and acknowledge LCFE for its contribution to education in Limerick over the past 50 years. I look forward to the College continuing to make an important contribution to educating and training child practitioners in the future, including to support upskilling in the early years and pre-school sector which is an objective I have prioritised as Minister.”
LCFE’s Art & Design Department produced the specially-commissioned piece of art work commemorating the important milestone in the College’s history. The Advanced Art Level 6 class was chosen to produce a piece of work (in Lino print) with the theme of ‘50 Years in Education’. The design and layout of the overall image was planned, but the internal images and design of each print was down to each learner. The following learners were involved in this work under their teacher, Pat Normoyle: Michael Collins, Tony Cremins, Ciara Finnan, Rachel Fleming, Natascha Hayes, Áine Henebry, Ireen Joe, Maria Little, Barry Looney, Aileen Madden, Ellen Madden, Christian Malone, Roisín O’Keefe.
Hanora Hartnett, Deputy Director and Chair of LCFE’s Equality Committee, was hugely impressed by the learners’ contribution to making Intercultural Day so successful again this year. She said: “By holding an Intercultural Day, learners at the College get to actively meet other cultures, mix, taste exotic foods, hear different languages and, most importantly, have lots of fun. I want to congratulate all those involved in making today such a huge success and to acknowledge the Minister’s support in helping to mark 50 years of education here in the College.”
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Further information: Patrick Hogan, PR Officer. Telephone – 087 2607930/061 414344 or patrick.hogan@lcfe.ie