People pictured UNESCO Learning Cities Seminar in UL’s City Centre Campus
At the UNESCO Learning Cities Seminar in UL’s City Centre Campus were Professor Ann Ledwith, UL, Triona Lynch, Limerick and Clare ETB, Mayor of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Daniel Butler, Dr Pat Daly, CEO Limerick City and County Council, Eimear Brophy, Limerick and Clare ETB and Paul Patton, Limerick and Clare ETB Picture: Alan Place
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The University of Limerick City Centre Campus played host to a gathering of speakers as the flagship event of Limerick’s Lifelong Learning Festival.

Learning Limerick hosted a UNESCO Learning Cities Seminar in UL’s City Centre Campus, Sarsfield Street, on Thursday.

The event featured guest speakers from the Irish Network of Learning Cities, including Belfast, Dublin, Cork, and Derry/Strabane. As well as the sharing of best practice in the learning cities’ presentations and panel discussion, guests were also treated to cultural performances and a tour of the digital fabrication facility ‘Fab Lab’.

The morning proved to be a wonderful opportunity for Learning Limerick members to network with colleagues and visiting speakers, to renew links with partners and colleagues, and forge some new ones.

Guests also heard from learners and took part in some interactive learning activities, celebrating lifelong learning in action.

Speaking at the opening of the seminar event, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Daniel Butler, said: “Limerick City and County Council has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the five cities in the Irish Network. This is an important agreement to commit each city to work together and provide mutual support to help 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 committing to being close working partners with our Learning City friends in the Irish Network of Learning Cities.”

Eimear Brophy, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Chair of the Learning Limerick Steering Group, added: “The Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival celebrates Limerick as a 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). 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.

“We welcome our Learning City partners to Limerick, and this is a great opportunity to network and to also showcase what Limerick has to offer and its commitment to lifelong learning.”

Addressing the guests at the seminar at UL City Centre Campus, Professor Ann Ledwith, Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies at UL, said: “It indeed is fitting that the flagship event for the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival this year is held in this new UL campus; and it truly embraces bringing the university into the heart of the city.

“University of Limerick is a proud host and supporter of the annual Lifelong Learning Festival, and we are delighted to be hosting the flagship event this year.”

Limerick’s Lifelong Learning Festival is now in its 12th year and this week has held over 130 events on such interesting and diverse activities that included law, community, wellbeing, cooking, gardening, entrepreneurship, apprenticeships, kids’ activities, art, technology, business and developing career options. 

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