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LCFE Hosts Forum With Optimism For Economy

Date: 27 Jan 2011

Learners and staff of Limerick College of Further Education (LCFE) again played host to a number of prominent Mid-West speakers from the areas of Business and Media. LCFE’s annual Business, IT & Media Forum took place on Monday 24th January 2011 in the College’s Main Hall. This year’s theme held special relevance to the current economic environment, with the title: “Positivity in the Face of Recession”.


Speakers for the event included Valerie Dolan, President of Network Limerick, Maria Kelly, CEO, Limerick Chamber and Cathy Halloran, RTÉ Mid-West Correspondent. A number of former LCFE Learners also addressed the forum, giving an insight into their journey from study to the work environment. Businessman and VE Committee member, Tony Brazil of Limerick Travel, was also a speaker at the event and he launched the new FETAC Level 6 Advanced Travel & Tourism Course for the 2011/12 academic year. The forum’s keynote speaker was Liam Toland, former Ireland rugby international, Leinster Captain and now Managing Director of Home Instead Senior Care.


Pictured from left: CLVEC PR Officer, Patrick Hogan, Forum Committee Chairperson, Arlene Douglas, Deputy Director, Hanora Hartnett, Tony Brazil, Valerie Dolan, Maria Kelly, College Director, Pat Maunsell, Cathy Halloran, Liam Toland, Deputy Director, Cliona O'Kelly and Head School of Business, IT & Media, Hilary McCann

Heartening words were offered to the learner audience, with each speaker emphasising the positives in the economy (e.g. exports) and all cited reasons for optimism that the country will thrive again.


Pictured from left: Forum Committee Chairperson, Arlene Douglas, Deputy Director, Hanora Hartnett, Head School of Business, IT & Media, Hilary McCann, LCFE Past Learners, Jennifer Levey and Justin McNamara, College Director, Pat Maunsell and Deputy Director, Cliona O'Kelly

Commenting on the event, Forum Organising Committee Chairperson, Arlene Douglas, said, “Despite all the negative news about our economy, it’s fantastic to see such support within the local business and media community for the learners in our College. I believe it’s through events like this that we can foster greater optimism for our economy and the jobs market in Limerick in the long-term”.