Limerick hosts Irish Network of Learning Cities

Mayor Francis Foley with members of the Irish Network of Learning Cities at the Shannon Rowing Club for the opening of the three-day conference.

LEARNING Limerick hosted a ‘Shared Island’ learning city exchange programme this week for the Irish Network of Learning Cities (INLC) which includes Dublin, Cork, Derry Strabane and Belfast.

The programme supports projects and initiatives between Local Government partners with the primary objective of supporting opportunities for cross-city learning exchange between the five INLC learning cities.

The three-day programme from Monday to Wednesday includes a conference and site visits to centres of learning in Limerick.

Mayor Francis Foley, said that a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the five cities in the Irish Network last May committed them to work together and provide mutual support to deliver on the vision of a Learning City for all.

“Peer support and empathy are key drivers of our partnership. We are delighted to be committed to being close working partners with our Learning City friends in the Irish Network of Learning Cities,” Mayor Foley added.

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Learning Limerick Steering Group Chairwoman Eimear Brophy said that the annual Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival celebrates Limerick as an UNESCO Learning City-Region. The Learning Limerick Steering Group is a member and award winner of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC).

“Learning Limerick also enjoys this close collaboration with the Irish Network of Learning Cities and we support each other’s festivals and key learning events. This is a wonderful opportunity to network and showcase what Limerick has to offer and its commitment to lifelong learning,” she explained.