Irish Network of Learning Cities Gather in Treaty City

The UNESCO Learning Cities gathering held in Limerick City.

LEARNING Limerick hosted a ‘Shared Island’ learning city exchange programme recently for the Irish Network of Learning Cities (INLC).

The INLC includes Limerick, Dublin, Cork, Derry Strabane, and Belfast. The three-day programme included a welcome reception in Shannon Rowing Club, a conference, and site visits to centres of learning in Limerick.

The Shared Island Programme funded this visit, supported by the Government of Ireland through the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, as well as the INLC.

The programme supports projects and initiatives between Local Government partners North and South. The project’s main goal is to support opportunities for cross-city learning exchange.

Speaking at the opening of the seminar event, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Francis Foley, said: “Limerick City and County Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the other four cities in the Irish Network in May 2022.  This is an important agreement to commit each city to work together.”

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Eimear Brophy, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Chair of the Learning Limerick Steering Group said: “The Festival celebrates Limerick as an UNESCO Learning City-Region. The Learning Limerick Steering Group is a proud member and award winner of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC).”