Extended programme for Limerick lifelong learning festival

Deputy Mayor Kieran O'Hanlon taking part in a Zumba Dance class at the launch of the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival.

THE Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival returns for a 13th iteration this Spring with its most comprehensive line-up of events to date.

Running from March 27 to April 2, this year’s festival theme is “Come Learn with Me in 2023”. It features over 160 free events and activities both online and in-person.

A wide variety of  topics include art, IT skills, language tasters, entrepreneurship, guided tours, open days, educational pathways, music and cookery. Participants can also choose from diversity and inclusion discussions, personal and professional development talks, family learning activities and martial arts.

The launch of this year’s festival by Deputy Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon featured a Zumba lesson from Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board tutor, Angel Catala Sempere.

Noting the positive effect of the festival, the Deputy Mayor said it now reaches beyond the core of the city and established training and educational organisations into local communities across the city and county.

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“This is a mark of commitment to promoting learning in all its forms and the interest in lifelong learning across all groups in society and the general public,” he added.

Learning Limerick Steering Group chairperson Eimear Brophy highlighted the importance of Limerick’s role in the Shared Island Programme, an initiative that supports projects and collaboration between Local Government partners North and South.

“These important relationships provide the opportunity for the sharing of learning and best practice initiatives between partner cities, which can then be incorporated into our own festivals’ development,” she explained.

A complete listing of festival events is available here

Zumba teacher Angel Catala Sempere and Deputy Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon at the launch of the Limerick lifelong learning festival.