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City To Celebrate First Festival Of Learning

Date: 03 Jun 2011

Limerick’s significance as a City Of Learning will be highlighted this June with a brand new festival to focus on the benefits of lifelong learning. The first ever Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival takes place from the 13th to the 19th June. Organised by the Limerick City of Learning Steering Group, a sub-committee of the Limerick City Development Board, the festival will promote and celebrate learning in all its forms, showcasing that learning is happening everywhere in the city and for everybody.
Commenting at the recent launch of the Festival, Mayor of Limerick, Cllr. Maria Byrne said, “It’s wonderful to see this new initiative focusing on the huge scope learning plays in the lives of our citizens. I’m delighted to see such a wide variety of events taking place at so many venues around the city.”

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The weeklong Festival will see over 70 free events taking place in various locations across Limerick City. The week will be officially opened on Tuesday 14th June by RTÉ’s Emma O’Driscoll at the city’s Milk Market with a celebration of Festival highlights. Some Festival events will run over a number of days, giving participants the opportunity to find a suitable date to fit their schedule. These include:

  • Sweat in the City
  • ‘Read Together, Learn Together’
  •  ‘What Guidance Has Meant To Me’

The festival is organised by the Limerick City of Learning Steering Group, a sub-committee of the Limerick City Development Board in collaboration with Limerick Communications Office. Chair of the Limerick City of Learning Steering Group, Pat Dowling, said, “A key goal of the Board’s Strategy for the City is that Limerick will become a City of Learning, a city full of opportunities. This Festival will promote and celebrate learning in all its forms, and offer the people of Limerick opportunities to get involved in new and exciting learning experiences.”

Commenting on the wide-ranging festival programme, Festival Co-ordinator, Yvonne Lane, said, “The programme offers something for everyone. It includes demonstrations, tours, plays, performances, workshops, information sessions and opportunities to try out a new skill. Learning is promoted as fun and all the events across the week will be free.”

Other free events taking place during the Festival include:

  • School Readiness – helping your child get ready for school
  • Casting your Fly – angling on the banks of the Shannon
  • Walking Tours of Medieval Limerick
  • Texting for Beginners
  • Limerick.ie Webinars – exploring the features & resources of Limerick’s website
  • Fundamentals of Planting an Allotment – basic planting skills
  • Storytime for Children – spellbinding stories

Free copies of the Festival Programme will be available throughout the city or go to www.limerick.ie/lovelearning to get details on the events for each day of the Festival.