Time To Learn Something New In 2022

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Pictured during an interactive activity for children based on the book Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw were, Dr Maeve Liston, MIC with Eoin Barrett, Scott Curran and Shane Mulcahy Scoil Mocheallóg, Kilmallock. Picture: Alan Place

LIMERICK’S Lifelong Learning Festival returns for a twelfth year this May with a comprehensive choice of events on offer for anyone interested in acquiring a new skill, learning a new talent, or just expanding their knowledge.
Taking place from Monday May 23 to Sunday May 29, this year’s festival theme is ‘Learn Something New in 2022 and has over 130 free events and activities taking place throughout the week both online and in person.
The 2022 festival will feature an array of interesting and diverse topics ranging from art to open forge blacksmithing, IT skills, language taster sessions, entrepreneurship, transition to higher education and much more. Across the week the public can enjoy open days, guided tours, job-seeking skills workshops, diversity and inclusion discussions, family learning activities and exhibitions.
At this year’s festival launch event held in Kilmallock Library, County Limerick, children from first class in Scoil Mocheallóg, Kilmallock attended a workshop hosted by Enterprise and Community Engagement staff at Mary Immaculate College.
 This involved an interactive activity for the children based on the book ‘Sheep in a Jeep’ by Nancy Shaw, and explored scientific concepts to create simple engineering solutions to design challenges.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Daniel Butler said: “I’ve no doubt that the list of events taking place over the course of the festival will be of interest to people in communities the length and breadth of Limerick city and county, and of course further afield. We are particularly delighted to welcome the return of in-person events to the festival this year, following the last two years of the festival being a fully virtual one.”
This year’s flagship event is a celebration of the Irish Network of UNESCO Learning Cities and will take place at University of Limerick City Centre Campus, Sarsfield Street, on Thursday May 26. Featuring guest speakers from the Irish Network of Learning Cities, cultural performances, and a tour of the Fab Lab, this promises to be an excellent opportunity for Learning Limerick to network with colleagues and visiting speakers, and to showcase Limerick’s commitment towards Lifelong Learning. 
A complete list of this year’s festival events is available on Limerick.ie/