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Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival

2013

Monday 18th – Sunday 24th March 2013 Includes Events Spanning Both City and County

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Limerick City Adult Education Service is the leading provider of Adult Education in Limerick City. We offer full-time and part-time courses, and a range of learning supports, to over 6000 learners in 2 City Centre locations and more than 90 outreach venues. Our programmes are: For adults who wish to return to education Provided at low or no cost Run in venues and at times that suit learners Certified at Levels 1 to 6 on the NFQ Focused on General Education and Generic/Transferable Skills Designed to offer a variety of progression options and routes Designed and delivered in co-operation with our many partners Contact details Call to LCAES Building on O'Connell Avenue, Phone 061 - 445700 email generalinfo@limerickcityaes.ie Website: www.limerickcityaes.ie facebook.com/LimerickCityAES twitter @LimerickCityAES

Introduction It is with great pleasure that I write this foreword for the third Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival. This year’s festival builds on the successes of the last two years and will run from 18th to 24th March inclusive. It features almost 200 events and activities – all of which are free and open to all. The festival promotes and celebrates learning in all its forms and for all ages, and provides a tremendous opportunity to promote Limerick as a Region of Learning. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Learn Your Way to the Future’. This theme is timely, reflecting the challenging environments we live and work in – where we must all be learners – adapting and changing all the time. The 2013 Festival features a wide range of events right across Limerick City and County. This is important considering that both Limerick City and County Councils are now in the process of creating a new progressive local government entity for Limerick. The Festival this year has again been organised by our Steering Group (a subcommittee of Limerick City Development Board), in collaboration with Limerick Communications Office, Limerick County VEC and Limerick County Council, West Limerick Resources and Ballyhoura Development Ltd. May I take this opportunity to wish all participants well for this third Lifelong Learning Festival week. Given the commitment and creativity of the many partners who are involved in the various events and activities, I am certain that the 2013 Festival will exceed all our expectations Pat Dowling, Chair of the Limerick City of Learning Steering Group


Week Long Events

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iMix – LCFE Online Radio: Week-long broadcast coverage of the festival Limerick College of Further Education is celebrating 50 years providing education in the city this year. To mark the opening of its celebrations, LCFE’s online radio station iMix will become the ‘voice of the festival’ by dedicating all of its programming across the week to the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival. From news on events to interviews with those involved and reporter packages from a number of event locations in the city and county, the station will bring all the colour of the festival to life through live broadcasts and downloadable podcasts. Staffed entirely by media students at LCFE, iMix as the ‘voice of the festival’ will bring live learning to life. Live audio will be streamed through the station’s website www.imixradio.ie and the station will broadcast live from the Thomond Park Festival Event on Saturday, March 23rd.

Parent and Toddler Speech and Language Awareness Roadshow Limerick City and County Childcare Committees will visit Parent and Toddler groups during the week of the Festival to provide exciting information on the NALA website for parents www.helpmykidlearn.ie. Contact: For details of your nearest Parent and Toddler group and of the meeting times for the visits please contact your local Childcare Committee: Limerick City 061-407526/7/8, childcare@limerickcity.ie; County Limerick 061-600918, info@clcc.ie

Celebrating Learning in Hospital Family Resource Centre Venue: Hospital Family Resource Centre, Knockainey Road, Hospital, Co. Limerick Dates: Monday 18th – Monday 25th March Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm For this week we will be showcasing all the different groups that partake in Learning programmes in our centre, we will have an information stand on display in our centre showing the progammes and groups running in the centre, along with information on further training and education available across Co. Limerick. Staff will be available all week to answer any questions. Contact: 061-383884, www.hospitalfrc.com, hospitalfrc@eircom.net

Week Long Events

Adult Swimming Lessons Venue: Askeaton Pool and Leisure Dates: Monday 18th – Friday 22nd March Time: 5.30pm (45minutes) Learn to swim with our experienced & friendly staff in our state of the art, leisure facility. PRE BOOKING ESSENTIAL Contact: Paul Walsh, 061 392570; paul@coralleisure.ie

Series of Lectures on Brian Boru, King of Limerick.

Venue: T.1.15, TARA Building, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road. Dates: Tuesday 19th March – Friday 22nd March Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm • Tuesday 19th Lecture 1: Brian’s background and family tree • Wednesday 20th Lecture 2: The Viking settlement of Limerick • Thursday 21st Lecture 3: Marriage maketh the man: Limerick, Munster and the wives • Friday 22nd Lecture 4: The battle of Clontarf and the fate of Brian’s sons These lectures are of interest to those interested in the medieval past of Limerick as well as those working to create events marking the 1000th year anniversary of Clontarf in 2014.

Fiona Quill – Exhibition of New Work

Venue: Limerick Printmakers Studio & Gallery, 5a Sarsfield St., Limerick Time: Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd March: 11am – 5.30pm; Saturday 23rd: 10am – 4.00pm. Contemporary printmaking featuring silkscreen, monoprint and a fabulous us of colour. This exhibition showcases the new work of artist Fiona Quill.

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Bank Holiday

Monday 18th March

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Tuesday 19th March

Open Workshop for English Language Learners

Gardener Enthusiast Learning Trail

Venue: Jesuit Refugee Services, Della Strada, Dooradoyle Road, Dooradoyle. Time: 10.00am - Noon A workshop for women who want to improve their confidence, fluency and pronunciation in spoken English

Venue: Adult Literacy Service (ALS) Tuition Centre, Co. Limerick VEC, Station Road, Newcastlewest. Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm Free learning trail encompassing a tour of Blackhill Organic Farm, which also hosts Co. Limerick VEC learning groups. Artisan food producer Eileen Flynn O’Sullivan will guide the tour of farm. Visit to the Irish Seed Savers Assoc. to learn more about the national collection of Irish Apple Trees and traditional Irish varieties of potatoes. PLACES LIMITED PREBOOKING ESSENTIAL

Contact: Co. Limerick VEC Tutor, 086 858 7359

Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail Venue: Ballyhoura cycle trails car park Time: 10.30am The Greenwood loop is a 6 km trail. It is of moderate difficulty and combines narrow single track with forest roads. This loop is an ideal introduction to mountain biking with easy climbs and fun descents. For those who have been biking before there is an extension to the loop that can be included depending on the experience levels of the group. It is suitable for all levels of bikers; 15 years up. Bike rental at the Ballyhoura cycle trail. Pre-registration essential Contact: Mark Britton, 086 196 7141, mbritton@ballyhoura.org

Ballyhoura Country Walk ‘Blackrock Loop’ Venue: Ballyhoura Cycle Trails car park Time: 2.00pm This walk is 2-3 hours, starting at the Ballyhoura cycle trails. This walk will take in Blackrock and Seefin mountains and back to the cycle trail car park. Suitable for experienced walkers. Boots & lunch essential. GPRS: 8 30’ 16’’W , 52 19’ 4’’ N Pre-registration essential. Contact: Mark Britton, 086 196 7141, mbritton@ballyhoura.org

Contact: 061-442100 ext. 7

Drawing and Sketching Venue: Shanagolden Education Resource Centre, Co. Limerick V.E.C. Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm Begin the journey into art by learning the fundamentals of art. This workshop will show you the correct techniques for drawing and sketching Contact: 069-60106

Find my career – Complete an online Career Interest Test to identify your possible career choices and find out how to follow up on them. Venue: Self Access Learning Centre, Limerick City Adult Education Service, O’Connell Avenue Time: 10.00am – Midday; 2.00pm – 4.00pm (repeat); 4.00pm – 6.00pm (repeat) Use the website Careers Portal to identify your career choices, with follow up information, advice and guidance from members of the Limerick Adult Guidance Partnership. Booking is essential. Contact: Geraldine Lambert, 061 412999 or 1800 412999

Walking Tour of Askeaton & Historical Sites Venue: Meeting at Tourist Information Point, East Square, Askeaton Time: 2.30pm Historical Commentary on the Castle, Friary, Knights Templar, Famine Grave, etc. Open to all. Contact: Askeaton Civic Trust. 086 085 0174

Laughter Yoga with Angie Lindenau Venue: The Hunt Museum Time: 3.00pm – 4.00pm Experiential workshop with a bit of background about the health benefits of laughing. Light exercises, deep breathing and relaxation. Please wear loose clothing and bring water. Contact: Angie Lindenau, 087 688 6595, angielindenau@eircom.net

Theatre Skills Workshop (B.A.R.D.S. are the Baalbec Actively Retired Drama Society) Venue: Friars’ Gate Theatre, Kilmallock Time: 10.00am – Midday A fun two-hour practical drama workshop revolving around the premise that creativity is ageless. Participants will get a taste of our weekly workshops which encourage physical movement, voice skills and drama techniques. Contact: 063-98727, www.friarsgate.ie

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Tuesday 19th March

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Tuesday 19th March Digital Business: How to set-up a successful, profitable online business and make money while you sleep

Internet for the Terrified Venue: Hospital Family Resource Centre, Knockainey Rd,Hospital. Time: 10.00am - Midday An easy introduction to the world of the internet. Hosted by Co. Limerick VEC Community Education Service, Ballyhoura Development and Hospital FRC. Open to all.

Venue: The Strand Hotel, Ennis Road Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm Learn how you can make money online from anywhere once you have a laptop and the internet; Get clear on the steps involved; Understand the psychology of digital business success; Learn the technology and the simple steps to make your online business a reality; Know how to market and attract customers online ; Hear the success stories on how small business owners from Ireland are bringing in significant monthly incomes by adding great value from their expert knowledge; James Martin, TeamLife Training (www.teamlifetraining.com) helps you learn how you can do it too. Contact: Booking required, contact David Studer, 061-419388, dstuder@paulpartnership.ie

Contact: 061-442100 ext. 7

Coffee Morning “As Gaelige”

Internet for the Terrified

Venue: Caherconlish Community Centre Time: 10.30am – 11.30am Opportunity for those who have cúpla focal to practice using them in a social atmosphere. (Hosted by Ballyhoura Development Ltd).

Venue: Patrickswell Resource House, Main Street, Patrickswell Time: 10.00am - Midday An easy introduction to the world of the internet, online banking and shopping. (Hosted by Patrickswell Resource House and Co. Limerick VEC.) Contact: 061-320303

Campus Open Day

From School Slate to Tablet Computer Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick V.E.C., Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm Enjoy visiting the old vocational school in Abbeyfeale, use the old slate writing implement and find out about basic computers and the latest tablet computer.

Venue: Kilmallock College of Further Education, Co. Limerick V.E.C., Railway Road, Kilmallock. Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm Campus Open Day will be held outlining the range of educational opportunities available including VTOS, PLC’s BTEI, and Learner Support.

Contact: 068-31198

Contact: 063-20246

Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick V.E.C., Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm Groups in period costume will demonstrate the use of old farm implements and contrast them with tools they are using today on our horticulture course

Getting to Grips with Digital Media Venue: ALS Tuition Centre, Co. Limerick V.E.C., Station Road, Newcastlewest. Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm Free open workshop creating simple projects with mobile phones/digital cameras/tablets.

Exploring Active Ageing for Over 55’s – Coffee Morning Venue: Absolute Hotel, Limerick. Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm Get Vocal will host a coffee morning with Limerick Seniors Forum for the Life Long Learning Festival to generate discussion around Exploring Active Ageing for over 55’s in Limerick. Open to all who are interested. Contact: Claire Gallery, 061-419388

Grow your own Fruit and Vegetables

Contact: 068-31198

Furniture Restoration Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick V.E.C., Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm In a taster workshop, learn how to refurbish treasured old pieces of furniture so that they can be passed on to future generations. Open to anyone interested in renewing old furniture either as a hobby or leading to certification and possible future employment. Contact: 068-31198

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Tuesday 19th March

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Tuesday 19th March Hospital FRC Learning Festival Open Day Venue: Hospital Family Resource Centre, Knockainey Road, Hospital, Co.Limerick. Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm Hospital FRC will run an Open Day for the community & interested parties to visit the centre and see Learning Programmes in Action etc. Presentations will be given by learners who are attending training at the centre.

One Pot Meal Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick V.E.C., Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm Enjoy cooking meals from yesteryear, tried and tested Irish stew and compare it with a modern day take on the dish. Of interest to anyone who needs the convenience of cooking food in one pot, whether living alone or catering for a family. Contact: 068-31198

Medieval Walking Tour of Limerick Venue: Meet at the Bishops’ Palace, King’s Island, Limerick. Time: 11.00am Discover the oldest parts of Limerick City. The tour commences at the Bishops’ Palace, leading to landmarks including King Johns’ Castle, The Toll House, The Treaty Stone, Villiers Alms House and St Munchin’s Church. Contact: Limerick Civic Trust 061-313399

A Caring Career? Venue: Kilmeedy Healthcare Support, Aras Ide, Kilmeedy, Co. Limerick Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm An open morning at the training centre where people can learn more about FETAC level 5 in Healthcare and Childcare. Learn about progression routes to further education and training. (Hosted by Kilmeedy Healthcare & Childcare Local Training Initiative.) Contact: Helen or Catherine, 063-87960

Let’s Play Everyday! Venue: Relaxation Room, Dept Of Nursing & Midwifery, Health Sciences Building, North Campus, University of Limerick. Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm A fun practical workshop focusing on the importance of play for babies and toddlers. Play is crucial in facilitating babies and toddlers to explore and learn from their environment. This workshop will be participatory and child-centred in nature. The session aims to look at benefits of play in relation to the social, physical and emotional development of the child. Babies, toddlers, parents, grandparents, childminders welcome. Contact: Sylvia Murphy 061-234356 or Sylvia.murphy@ul.ie to reserve a place

Contact: 061-383884 www.hospitalfrc.com; hospitalfrc@eircom.net

Alzheimer’s Disease – and Ways to Avoid It. Venue: Downtown Centre, LIT George’s Quay. (www.downtowncentre.ie) Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm Why do some people age gracefully, showing only minor - and at worst frustrating - cognitive changes, while others show a more severe and disabling memory decline such as that seen in Alzheimer’s disease? This session explains what triggers Alzheimer’s disease and describes how diet and exercise can help to prevent the disease and promote quality of life. (Hosted by UL Graduate Entry Medical School) Contact: Professor Billy O’Connor, 061-233750. William.oconnor@ul.ie, www.inside-the-brain.com/

Reading with Your Child Venue: St. Munchin’s Family Resource Centre, Ballynanty, Limerick. Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm A fun shared reading session for parents and children. Contact: 061-326623

Step Up Venue: The Strand Hotel, Ennis Road Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm Want to Take Your Life in a NEW Direction (with James Martin, TeamLife Training) Use this ONE day to take time out for you; Get clear on what’s most important now; Determine your next step; Access the best (best tools, strategies and people); Learn to coach & be coached around your goals; Resolve your inner conflicts and access your power; Recognise new opportunities & take charge of your future today. (www.teamLifetraining.com) Contact: Booking required, contact David Studer, 061-419388, dstuder@paulpartnership.ie

Talk by Tom Holbrook of 5th Studio, London Venue: SAUL Main Studio, CG-042 (located behind reception in the Main Building, University of Limerick) Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm Tom Holbrook, co-founder of 5th Studio, London, speaks about the work of his practice and his ongoing involvement in the London Legacy Development Corporation Quality Panel which is overseeing the transformation of the London Olympic Park. Free lecture hosted by University of Limerick. Contact: Sylvia Carroll, 061-213438, Sylvia.carroll@ul.ie

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Tuesday 19th March

Exercise for Health Venue: Limerick College of Further Education (Meet in Main Hall), Mulgrave Street Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm A workshop on the benefits of exercise for health, followed by an exercise to music practical class Theory: Will include a questionnaire on barriers to physical activity participation, the benefits of physical activity have on our health and guidelines on amount required Practical: A 40 min exercise to music class (beginner to intermediate level)

Mature Student Information Evening Venue: TARA Building, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick. Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm Information will be provided on the below. This would be of particular interest to those who may be considering a return to education on either a part-time or full-time basis. BA Liberal Arts Degree; Bachelor of Education Degree (4 year Primary Teaching programme); Bachelor of Education Degree in Education & Psychology; Diploma / BA Early Childhood Care and Education; Foundation Certificate in Higher Education; Student Support Services; Admissions; Fees; Campus Tours

Hospital FRC Learning Festival Open Day – Lifelong Learning through Arts & Crafts Venue: Hospital Family Resource Centre, Knockainey Road, Hospital, Co. Limerick. Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm Life Long Learning through Arts & Crafts will take place at Hospital Family Resource Centre Contact: 061-383884 www.hospitalfrc.com; hospitalfrc@eircom.net

Open Evening - miLKlabs – the Limerick Hackerspace Venue: Room ERB1002 Engineering Research Building, University of Limerick Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm Meet the members of the Limerick hackerspace, explore their projects and ideas, talk about 3D printing and the technologies of the future. This evening is suitable for people interested in electronics, programming, robotics as well as in DIY, urban gardening, crafts, recycling and upcycling. Contact: Conall, 086-0556379, conall@cheeves.net

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Tuesday 19th March

Under Siege: On the two occasions when Limerick issued its own money, it worked! Lessons for modern Europe. Venue: The Pavillion, University of Limerick, North Campus Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm Limerick has a long tradition of breaking the mould in Irish society: from Ardnacrusha, to playing rugby, from Shannon airport, to the audacity of building its own University! This talk recalls the two times when Limerick was under siege and when it successfully issued its own money - and draws pertinent lessons for the modern European population which now finds itself under siege to the banks Contact: Prof Conleth D Hussey, 061 202563

Introduction to Sewing Venue: Rathkeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick V.E.C., Industrial Estate, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick. Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm Learn the fundamentals of sewing as we introduce you to simple stitches and the sewing machine Contact: 069-63077

Adult Ballet for Beginners Venue: Studio 21, 84 O’Connell St. Time: 8.15pm Our current classes are aimed at those with no previous ballet experience or those who have been away from it for many years. We provide a relaxed and fun environment to learn basic ballet technique & benefit from improved fitness, flexibility & posture along with the real joy of dancing! This taster class welcomes all adults with little or no ballet experience; both males and females welcome. Wear something comfortable and easy to move in. Contact: justbreathingarts@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/justbreathing

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Wednesday, 20th March Fashion and Textile- Design Workshop Venue: Limerick College of Further Education, Mulgrave Street. Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm Come to LCFE to experience a taste of fashion on our Fashion Design and Textile course. Complete a chic contemporary project led by expert fashion teachers. Take your fabulous creation home to remind you of all the tips and tricks you’ve learned.

Community Garden Education and Training Day Venue: Dooradoyle Library, Dooradoyle, County Limerick Time: 9.30am - 3.00pm The aim of the Education and Training Day is to provide a training day which will equip the target groups (Tidy Towns groups/Resident Associations/Individuals, etc) with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully work on local community garden projects. Hosted by Limerick County Council in association with Eco-Unesco.

Contact: 061-414344.

Making Mosaics Venue: Adult Literacy Service (ALS) Tuition Centre, Co. Limerick VEC, Station Road, Newcastlewest. Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm Free open workshop using recycled materials to make interesting mosaics Contact: 069-77636.

Contact: 061-496192. Booking is essential.

Trading Floor Demonstration and Bloomberg Competition Venue: Trading Floor, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. Time: 10.00am – 11.30am; 1.00pm – 2.30pm (repeat); 3.00pm – 4.30pm (repeat) A demonstration, using Bloomberg, will be given on how the Trading Floor in the Kemmy Business School works. Participants will have time to explore Bloomberg themselves and to participate in a mini search (scavenger hunt) competition in Bloomberg. This event is of interest to anyone with an interest in finance, trading, business, economics, stock markets or research. Pre-booking is essential as sessions are limited to 20 participants. Contact: Erin King, 061-234714 erin.king@ul.ie

Irelands’ Young Filmmaker of the Year Screenings – Junior Category Venue: Odeon Cinema, Castletroy Time: 10.00am – 2.30pm Screening of the final films selected as part of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2013. This is geared toward people aged 7 – 18 but is open to the public. Booking must be made in advance. Contact: Fresh Film Festival on 061 319555 info@freshfilmfestival.net .

Foodie & Organic Trail Find my career – Complete an online Career Interest Test to identify your possible career choices and find out how to follow up on them. Venue: Self Access Learning Centre, Limerick City Adult Education Service , O’Connell Avenue Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm; 2.00pm - 4.00pm (repeat); 4.00pm – 6.00pm (repeat) See Tuesday 10.00am for event details. Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact: Geraldine Lambert, 061 412999 or 1800 412999

Venue: Youthreach Centre, Hospital, Co. Limerick VEC, Main St., Hospital, Co Limerick. Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm Free learning trail encompassing a tour of the VEC learning garden, in Youthreach Hospital, followed by a visit to Blackhill Organic Farm and talk with entrepreneur and artisan food producer Eileen Flynn O’Sullivan. Final stop on the trail is a visit to An t-Ionad Glas Organic College with information about the Centre, its philosophy and programmes on offer. This event is of interest to foodies and those with an interest in learning to grow their own vegetables. Places are limited, pre-booking essential. Contact: 061-442100 ext.7

National Learning Network Coffee Morning

Coffee ‘n Clay

Venue: National Learning Network, Raheen Business Park, Limerick Time: 10.00am – Midday Visit us during our open coffee morning and learn more about the National Learning Network which provides exciting training opportunities for people in the Mid-West Region who have difficulty finding employment or are out of work due to accident, illness or disability. All are welcome to view our facilities and join us for a cup of tea.

Venue: Swallows Rest Studio, Bohermore. Time: 10.30am - Midday Try out the relaxed, social ceramic class to discover, create and enjoy the world of clay. Learn pottery, sculpture, art & design skills. Max 10 people. Please book in advance.

Contact: Val or Patricia, 061-229777

Contact: Clare Jordan, 087 4169450, info@claresceramics.com

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Wednesday, 20th March Considering a Career in Horticulture

Basket Weaving Venue: Kilmallock College of Further Education, Co. Limerick VEC, Railway Road, Kilmallock. Time: 10.30am - Midday Learn the traditional craft of basket weaving and the basic methods to weaving with a variety of native and non-native materials. Contact: 063-20246.

Kilmallock Women’s Group Craft Demonstration Venue: Foroige Youth Centre, Lord Edward St., Kilmallock. Time: 10.30am - Midday Activity with Kilmallock Women’s Group e.g. quilting demonstration. Hosted by Kilmallock Family Support Network. All are welcome. Contact: Margaret O’ Connor, Ballyhoura Development, 087 0612336.

From School Slate to Tablet Computer Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick VEC, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm See Tuesday 11am for event details. Contact: 068-31198.

Trace your Routes, and Enjoy a Trip in to the Past Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick VEC, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm Genealogy workshop, be ready for the Gathering, learn how to do all the research on your family history. This event is of interest to anyone involved in the Gathering or who has an interest in tracing their family past. Contact: 068-31198

Men’s Shed Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick VEC, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm Members of Abbeyfeale Men’s Shed will talk about their recent projects and tell you a little about their activities over a cup of tea Contact: 068-31198

Venue: Aras Ide, Kilmeedy, Co. Limerick Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm An open morning at the training centre and practical field unit where people can learn more about FETAC Level 5 Major Award in Horticulture, This programme offers various avenues in progression within horticulture as well as being a highly recognised stand alone qualification. This event is of particular interest to the long and short term unemployed, people interested in Horticulture or people who are looking for a change of career. Hosted by Kilmeedy Horticulture Local Training Initiative. Contact: Mary Curtin, 063 87960

Circuit Training Exercise Class Venue: GYM in Limerick City Adult Education Service, O’Connell Avenue Time: 11.00am - Midday For members of the public who are interested in getting fit – come to our gym and participate in our exercise class. Max of 10 - 12 participants. Contact: Youthreach 061 445772. Booking is essential.

Adolescent Development Venue: Room F11 in Limerick City Adult Education Service, O’Connell Avenue Time: Midday – 1.00pm An informative class teaching parents how adolescents develop and the problems they can encounter and how parents can help understand this stage of development. Of particular interest to parents of adolescents. Max of 10 - 12 participants. Booking is essential. Contact: Youthreach, 061 445772

Life Long Learning and Disability Flash Mob Event in Limerick City Venue: Limerick City Centre Time: Midday – 1.00pm Disability Awareness Event from John the Baptist School. Organised by the Transition Year Students and Step Forward Disability Group to raise awareness of the role of Life Long Learning for educational and social needs of people with disabilities. Contact: Hospital Family Resource Centre at 061 383884 www.hospitalfrc.com hospitalfrc@eircom.net

Job Seeking Skills Workshop Venue: LES Jobs Club, Unit 4, Tait Business Centre, Limerick. Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm Tips and Skills for Job Seeking in today’s Labour Market. Places limited and must be booked in advance by ringing the Jobs Club Contact: Jobs Club 061-311742

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Wednesday, 20th March Explore easy ways to improve your own well-being - because you are definitely worth it! Venue: Bedford Row Project, Lower Bedford Row.

Social Media Community Venue: Southill Area Centre, Southill Time: 2pm – 4pm This 2 hour workshop will support those working in the Community and Voluntary sector to establish and effectively use social media. Participants will get a hands-on demonstration of how to set up Facebook and Twitter accounts for their organisations as well as best practice guidelines for the effective and safe use of social media. (Hosted by Limerick Community Education Network) Contact: Alona Troy, 061 481490

“Go for Life” fitness program Venue: St Bridget’s Hall, St Patricks Road, Limerick. Time: 2.30pm- 3pm, 3.15pm-3.45pm, 4pm-4.30pm (repeat). Thirty minutes of fun and easy activities to get the body and mind active. Plenty of fun and laughter to be had. Great way to socialize and meet new people in a fun way. Both men and women welcome over fifties only. Light refreshment will be provided on the day. Hosted by Limerick City Community Safety Partnership. Contact: Community Coordinators,Yvonne Mc Mahon, Jean Ryan & Siobhan O’Dwyer, 061-407247

Hand Hygiene and Hand Massage Venue: Carer’s Association, Unit 1, George’s Quay House, George’s Quay, Limerick. Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm Research has indicated that hand massage can be used to alleviate anxiety and promotes wellbeing thorough calmness, relaxation, sleep and comfort. An educational DVD on the use of hand massage will be on display and faculty from the Department of Nursing and Midwifery (UL) will be available to talk. This event is of particular interest to carers in the home and community but all are welcome. Hosted by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick in conjunction with ‘The Carers Association’ Limerick and ‘Caring for Carers Association’. Contact: Ruth Ryan, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Ruth.Ryan@ul.ie, 061 234216

Time: 3.00pm – 4.00pm Angie Lindenau has lifelong experience of living on a budget, and with depression. To stay well, she learnt to boost her resilience - without spending much. Angie shares her ideas and invites participants to explore what may work for them. Angie facilitates groups. Contact: Angie Lindenau, 087 6886595, angielindenau@eircom.net

Clay Time Venue: Swallows Rest Studio, Bohermore. Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm Try out the friendly children’s ceramic class to discover, create and enjoy the world of clay. Learn pottery, sculpture, art & design skills. Suitable for children of 5 years and over. Max 12 children. Please book in advance. Contact: Clare Jordan, 087 4169450, info@claresceramics.com

Make a Move Hip Hop Workshop Venue: Southill Area Centre Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm Taster for the Make a Move Festival. Dance Master Bazzy B will be giving a once-off Hip Hop Dance Class to get you ready for the festival in July! Adults & Children welcome! (Children must be over 6yrs and accompanied by an adult) Contact: Karen, 061-419338 between 9am – 4pm

Researching the Documentary Venue: Hall 1, Limerick College of Further Education, Mulgrave Street. Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm LCFE Media Teacher and Independent documentary film maker, Muireann de Barra shares her passion and experience of working as a TV researcher on RTE and TG4 documentary productions. She will share tips on developing ideas from concept to screen and discuss approaches, methods and ethical considerations for media researchers. This event is of interest to media students, video bloggers, video producers and film makers and radio producers. Contact: 061-414344.

Way to Go Kids! Venue: An Modh Scoil (The Model Primary School), O’Connell Avenue Time: 3.00pm – 3.45pm An information session on a programme to help children and their families be healthy. Nutrition tips and physical activity ideas. Bring your trainers! (Hosted by HSE Health Promotion Community Dieticians & Limerick City & County Sports Partnerships) Contact: Sinead Glover, 086 3886704, sinead.glover@hse.ie

Project Maths Information Session Venue: Learning Hub Limerick, Kileely House, New Road, Thomondgate, Limerick Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm Information session on the new Project Maths curriculum for parents and students Contact: Learning Hub, 061-453099

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Thursday 21st March

Music Hub Open Evening

Brown Bread Making Workshop

Venue: Learning Hub Limerick, Kileely House, New Road, Thomondgate, Limerick Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm Info session and tour of Music Hub facilities with Music Hub Coordinator

Venue: Limerick City Adult Education Service, O’Connell Avenue Time: 10.00am - Midday A practical class where people make a loaf of brown bread. Max of 10 participants. Places must be booked through Youthreach. Booking essential.

Contact: Learning Hub 061-453099

Chinese Classical Technique and Folk Dance Class Venue: Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, Studio 2-25, University of Limerick Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm This workshop will promote an understanding and appreciation of songs and dances as well as the history of Malaysia Chinese dance.

Contact: Youthreach, 061-445772

Hospital FRC Learning Festival – Women’s Group Event Venue: Hospital Family Resource Centre, Knockainey Road, Hospital, Co. Limerick Time: 10.00am - Midday Hosting an open morning for women in the community to attend session on learning.

Contact: Jinn Lau, bchin510@hotmail.com; 087-3594859.

Contact: 061-383884, www.hospitalfrc.com, hospitalfrc@eircom.net

Hospital FRC Learning Festival – Men’s Group Event

Thinking Skills

Venue: Hospital Family Resource Centre, Knockainey Road, Hospital, Co. Limerick Time: 7.00pm to 9:00pm. Evening session for Men’s computer groups at the centre, displaying computer work and presentation of certificate of attendances at the classes. Refreshments available, event open to men in the community who would like to attend classes.

Venue: Room F9 in Limerick City Adult Education Service, O’Connell Ave Time: 10.00am - Midday An interactive session around thinking skills and games to enhance learning. Max 10 to 12 participants. Booking is essential.

Contact: 061-383884, www.hospitalfrc.com; hospitalfrc@eircom.net

Coffee ‘n Clay Venue: Swallows Rest Studio, Bohermore. Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm Try out the relaxed, social ceramic class to discover, create and enjoy the world of clay. Learn pottery, sculpture, art & design skills. Max 10 people. Please book in advance. Contact: Clare Jordan, 087 4169450, info@claresceramics.com

Contact: Youthreach, 061-445772

Learn to Grow Venue: Kilmallock College of Further Education, Co. Limerick VEC, Railway Road, Kilmallock. Time: 10.00am – Midday Free open workshop on vegetable gardening in a poly tunnel. How to layout your tunnel and clever inexpensive ways to make your own mini hot house. Contact: Kilmallock College of Further Education, 063-20246

National Learning Network Coffee Morning Venue: National Learning Network, Raheen Business Park, Limerick Time: 10.00am – Midday See Wednesday 10.00am for event details. Contact: Val or Patricia, 061 229777

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Thursday 21st March Drama in Language Venue: Adult Literacy Service (ALS) Tuition Centre, Co. Limerick VEC , Station Rd., Newcastlewest, Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm Fun workshop to experience new language learning in an informal setting. Will be of particular interest to anybody learning English as a second language. Contact: ALS Tuition Centre, 069-77636

‘Grow Healthily-Grow for Life’ Venue: Southill Area Centre, Southill Time: 10.00am-12.30pm Garden workshop teaching skills to grow food in small spaces. Everyone can try Windowsill Salads and Hanging Basket Strawberries. Question and Answer session with our gardener and info on sustainable gardens. Anyone with an interest in gardening, learning about cost efficient food sources. 20 people max. Advance booking welcome. Contact: Jennifer, 061-603710, jobrien@southillareacentre.ie

Fashion and Textile - Design Workshop Venue: Limerick College of Further Education, Mulgrave Street. Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm See Wednesday 10.00am for event details. Contact: 061-414344.

MindOut - Caring for Young People’s Minds Venue: Captain’s Room, Hunt Museum, Limerick Time: 10.00am-1.00pm Promoting Positive Mental Health in Young People a train the trainer programme for those working with young people (15-18 years old) in the out of school setting. (Hosted by Limerick Health Promotion Services). This is a taster session for the longer programme, which views emotional and mental health as a resource for everyday living and its’ emphasis is on the various ways young people might cope with life’s stresses and ups and downs. Booking necessary. Contact: Vivien Schubert, 069-61430 between 9.30am-5pm

Irelands’ Young Filmmaker of the year screenings – Senior Category Venue: Odeon Cinema, Castletroy Time: 10.00am – 5.30pm Screening of the final films selected as part of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2013. Contact: Fresh Film Festival on 061-319555 info@freshfilmfestival.net . Booking must be made in advance.

Craft Workshop Venue: Community Centre Caherconlish Time: 10.30am –Midday Free Open Workshop in Craft. Learn new craft skills. Create decoupage memory piece. Work on a variety of media. (Hosted by Ballyhoura Development Ltd and Co. Limerick VEC.)

International Trends in Development of Learning Cities and Regions: Some Implications for Limerick? An address from Peter Kearns of the PASCAL International Observatory, Australia

Venue: Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall, Limerick. Time: 10.30am – Midday (refreshments served at start followed by address at 11 am) Much is happening with learning city development internationally during 2013 with the UNESCO Global Learning City Network to be launched in Beijing at the end of 2013, a PASCAL conference in Hong Kong in November exploring key aspects, and a special issue of the International Review of Education on learning cities being prepared for release around July. Peter will range across these developments noting different patterns in East and West with challenging implications. Contact for booking: Yvonne Lane, ylane@paulpartnership.ie or David Studer, dstuder@paulpartnership. ie, 061-419388.

Learn to Grow Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick VEC, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm Groups in period costume will demonstrate the use of the old farm implements and contrast them with tool they are using today on our horticulture course. Contact: 068-31198

Furniture Restoration Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick VEC, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm See Tuesday at 11.00am for event details. Contact: 068-31198

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Drop in Career and Employment Advice Venue: Limerick Local Employment Service (LES), Unit 2, Tait Business Centre, Dominic Street, Limerick Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm Limerick Local Employment Service will open up its central office to members of the public seeking information on what career or job they could pursue. Meet on one-to-one basis with Information Officer, Adult Guidance Counsellor, Employer Liaison Officer or Employment Mediator.

One Pot Meal Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick VEC, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm See Tuesday at 11.00 am for event details. Contact: 068-31198

Learn Your Way to the Future – “Fun & Fact Information Morning” Venue: The Red Door, Newcastlewest Time: 11.00am–2.00pm Public open door event in central location in the heart of Newcastle West town. Information on locally based courses and WLR’s Rural Employment Service and other services. Community radio interviews and broadcast with music. Contact: Adrienne O’Connell (West Limerick Resources), 069-79110 or 087 2773294 for details.

Launch of Cookery Book followed by samples of the recipes prepared by the Cookery Class Venue: St.Munchin’s Family Resource Centre, Ballynanty. Time: 12.30pm All learners attending cookery classes in the Centre have designed and produced a cookery book of their favourite recipes. The art work for the book was designed by the art class that meets every Friday at the Centre. This event is of interest to anyone hungry or looking for ideas of what to cook!! Contact: 061-326623

Ballyhoura Country Walk ‘Blackrock Loop’ Venue: Ballyhoura Cycle Trails car park Time: 1.00pm This walk is 2-3 hour, starting at the Ballyhoura cycle trails. This walk will take in Blackrock and Seefin mountains and back to the cycle trail car park. Suitable for experienced walkers. Boots & lunch essential. GPRS: 8 30’ 16’’W , 52 19’ 4’’ N . Pre-registration essential. Contact: Mike Noonan, 085-7329975, mnoonan@ballyhoura.org

Contact: Paul Taylor 1800 412 999 / 087 679 4861

An Introduction to Sewing Venue: St. Michaels College, Co. Limerick VEC, Cappamore. Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm Learn the fundamentals of sewing as we introduce you to simple stitches and the sewing machine. Contact: St. Michaels College Co. Limerick V.E.C., 061-381272

Give and Take workshop Venue: Various Locations over three days (Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd) Time: 2.00pm The Give + Take It production model aims to use virtual space to work with multiple production groups from a number of international locations to make several collaborative films simultaneously. The workshop will support up to twenty young filmmakers, comprising a group of ten young (16 – 18 years) filmmakers from Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece and Norway and working collaboratively with a group of ten young filmmakers from Ireland. Four youth leaders, two from Ireland and two of the International partners (YIFM, Action, Camera Zizanio & Four Rivers Film Festival), will guide one group each. The four groups of young filmmakers (mixed national and international) will shoot, swap and edit four micro-films and present them at the Reel Exchange forum Contact: Fresh Film Festival, 061-319555, info@freshfilmfestival.net . Booking must be made in advance.

Launch of Limerick City & County Integration Plan (2010-2012) Progress Report Venue: Hunt Museum Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm ‘Integrating Limerick’ is the integration plan for Limerick City and County for the period (2010-2012). The final progress report on the implementation of that report will be launched on the international day against racism. This event is aimed at service providers, non-governmental organisations and individuals working with Limerick’s new communities.


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Thursday 21st March Science Hub Open evening Venue: Learning Hub Limerick, Kileely House, New Road, Thomondgate, Limerick Time: 6:30pm – 8.00pm Info session and tour of Science Hub with Science Hub Co-ordinator. This event is aimed at family groups. Contact: Learning Hub, 061-453099

Site Specific Game Design

Meet and Train

Venue: Captain’s Room, Hunt Museum Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm A brief introduction to site specific game design aimed at absolute beginners by Hilary O’Shaughnessy. Participants will be introduced to basic design techniques in a hands-on and fun way. Please dress comfortably as we will be moving around and going in and outdoors. This event is aimed at beginners but all are welcome. See Make and Do, www.weliketomakeanddo.com

Venue: Crescent Comprehensive School, Meeting at gym towards rear of school. Time: 6.45pm for warm up. Open evening for Dooneen Athletic Club. Come along and join us for a run. All are welcome. Beginners welcome.

Contact: Hilary, 087 9443776, 12100889@studentmail.ul.ie

Check Us Out! Limerick Printmakers Studio & Gallery Venue: Limerick Printmakers Studio & Gallery, 5a Sarsfield St., Limerick Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm, Tour the printmaking studio, see examples of different types of printmaking, what opportunities there are to become a printmaker and check out projects and events being held at Limerick Printmakers & Studio Gallery.

Northside Family Variety Show Venue: Watch House Cross Community Library, Watch House Cross Time: 4.00pm - 6.00pm Fun, family event which will involve activities and events lead by people living in the north Limerick area. There will be a short play, several children’s dance groups from north-side schools, a talented young local singer, art pieces and costumes designed and made by local people attending adult and family learning classes in the area. There will be some family reading workshops at the event and a Spongecakes & Spellings showcase. Refreshments will be provided and the event is free of charge. (Hosted by Northside Adult Learner Engagement Group.)

The Life of a Teenager in 2013 Venue: St. Munchin’s Family Resource Centre, Ballynanty. Time: 4.30pm A Personal Development initiative that aims to promote positive wellbeing and awareness around social issues teenagers face today through a collage of different topics. This event is of interest to anyone who is keen to see what life is like from a teenager’s perspective. Contact: 061-326623

Kickboxing Exhibition Venue: Learning Hub Limerick, Kileely House, New Road, Thomondgate, Limerick Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm Open evening display of kickboxing as a martial art. Open to all ages. Contact: Learning Hub, 061-453099

Contact: Verena Tarpey, Dooneen Athletic Club, 086 6614481

Public Lecture from Dr. Stephen Kinsella – “Greed is Good” Venue: Downtown Centre, George’s Quay, Limerick (www.downtowncentre.ie) Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm Public lecture by Dr. Stephen Kinsella of Kemmy Business School UL on why greed is good and why there will be another construction bubble sooner than you’d like, and you will be part of it. Contact: Elaine Kirwan, 061-202116, elaine.kirwan@ul.ie

Livelihood, Neighbourhood and Wellbeing. Learning from Men’s Sheds Venue: Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall, Limerick. Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm Limerick Men’s Sheds Network will host a seminar to show how the men’s sheds have benefited men personally, their families and the local community. The opportunities for further education and employment through the men’s sheds will also be highlighted. There will be inputs from men from around the City who will speak to their personal experience of participation in Men’s Sheds. Dr. Fergus Heffernan, a leading educator in the area of stress management and mental health, will address these issues and the positive role of men’s sheds. This event is of interest to general public, men’s sheds, men’s groups, support agencies and those with an interest in engaging men. Refreshments provided. Contact: Áine Lyne 061-445795, aine.lyne@lcaes.ie

Come and Try Session Venue: St Michael’s Table Tennis Club lower Mallow St, Limerick. Time: 7.30pm Would you like to try out the game of table tennis? Come along and try it in St Michael’s Table Tennis Club Limerick. Contact: Caroline Leonard, 085 124 4466

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Friday 22nd March Drop in Career and Employment Advice Venue: Unit 2, Tait Business Centre, Dominic Street, Limerick Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm See Thursday at 1pm for event details. Contact: Paul Taylor 1800 412 999 / 087 679 4861

Nurturing Well-being in Adult Teaching and Learning Venue: Limerick City Adult Education Service (LCAES), O’Connell Avenue Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm This professional development event is designed to raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health in adult learning. The event will give participants an opportunity to share practical approaches for building learner resilience and for minding our own well-being. The event will feature a number of exciting key-note speakers and breakout workshops. This event is aimed at staff and tutors working with LCAES in the Adult Education sector across Limerick City. A limited number of places are available for members of the public working in community-based adult learning. Contact: Colin, 061-445739

Incredible Years Limerick Workshop Venue: The Hunt Museum Time: 10.00am – Midday This is a 2 hour ‘Incredible Years’ Workshop for Parents of Primary School Children. It will focus on boosting your child’s confidence by developing their learning habits, building on their reading ability and dealing with a child’s discouragement. Maximum of 20 places, booking is required. Contact: Incredible Years, 061-419388, snaughton@paulpartnership.ie

Genealogy Workshops Venue: Tierney Building, University of Limerick Time: 10.00am – Midday Irish Ancestry Research Centre Genealogy Workshops will consist of an Introduction to Genealogy, the basics of how to begin family history research, an outline of the recommended resources to use and how to use online sources. We would also offer more advanced classes to those who have attended our workshops in previous years. This event is of interest to adults (beginners or with some experience) interested in information or researching their family history. Contact: 061-518355, info@irisharc.org

Unemployed and Starting a Business Venue: Local Employment Service Jobs Club, Unit 4 Tait Business Centre, Dominic Street Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm This workshop will explore the supports available for anyone who is unemployed and starting a business. It examines the opportunities and challenges faced by anyone who wants to create work for themselves and how to forge a clear path ahead on the road to self employment. Contact: Ann Marie for booking, amgleeson@paulpartnership.ie (061-419388).

Holistic Healthcare for the 21st Century Venue: Downtown Centre, LIT George’s Quay www.downtowncentre.ie Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm A public lecture with question and answer session on all information relating to complementary medicine, followed by free therapy sessions with trained Holistic Therapists. Suitable for anyone looking for complementary healthcare options, and treatments or training programs, and medical professionals wishing to explore Holistic Therapies. Contact: Holistic Centre of Excellence, 061-381947, www.hcoe.ie, info@holisticcentreofexcellence.com

Coping with Life after Stroke Venue: Headway, Steamboat Quay, Dock Road, Limerick Time: 10.30am - Midday Have you had a stroke, or acquired brain injury? Do you know someone who has, and want to find out more? This informative and fun session will give you tips and strategies on how to deal with life after injury, incorporating brain injury awareness, cognitive games and mindfulness. Contact: Elisa O’Donovan, 061-469306, odonovane@headway.ie

Introduction to Community Radio Workshop 1: Venue: Wired FM Studios, Library Building, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road. Time: 10.30am – Midday

Workshop 2: Venue: Wired FM Studios, Students’ Union, Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Park. Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm These two workshops will provide a general introduction to the world of community radio, covering the following aspects: Introduction to community radio; Ownership and Licensing; Libel and Legal Issues; Presenting/Producing Shows; Basic Studio Techniques. Contact: Workshops are limited to max of six people. To book a place contact studio@wiredfm.ie

Coffee Morning Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick VEC, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm Meet the tutors who will tell you more about the courses on offer and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, and a look around the centre, and sign up for courses Contact: 068-31198

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Friday 22nd March Limerick Soviet ‘Reminis-session’ Venue: Learning Hub, Kileely House, New Road, Thomondgate, Limerick. Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm Tea/ coffee morning with discussion session about the Limerick Soviet ‘HQ’ Project which asks members of Limerick’s community to unearth buried memory of the extraordinary Limerick Soviet which, in April 1919, ‘excited world attention’. Hosted by Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Listen to What’s New on Radio

Contact: Aoibheann McCarthy aoibheann.mccarthy@limerickcity.ie

Venue: St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm An open morning at the Abbey Heritage Project training centre where FETAC Level 5 Radio Production course is available. This event is of interest to long and short-term unemployed people who have an interest in working in radio or media with a view to further/higher education.

Confidence Made Easy

Trace your Roots

Contact: Anna Murphy 061-293130; anna.murphy@lit.ie

Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick VEC, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm Genealogy workshop, be ready for the Gathering, learn how to do all the research on your family history. Open to all with an interest in tracing their roots.

‘Screen It’ Shorts Programme

Contact: 068-31198

Men’s Shed Venue: Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, Co. Limerick VEC, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. Time: 11.00am-1.00pm See Wednesday 11.00am for details Contact: 068-31198

Irish for Parents Taster Workshop Venue: Seomra na Gaeilge (Room LC0-016), Languages Building, University of Limerick Time: 11.00am - Midday Practical tips on using Irish with children. This hour-long session will also look at the wealth of resources available including dvds, apps, books and what’s on the web. This is a bilingual event.

Venue: Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Park. Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm This workshop will show you how to massively boost your confidence in your everyday life. Simple and easy to use techniques that will have a huge impact on your life, study and career. Refreshments will be served.

Venue: Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road. Time: 11.30am – 1.00pm Fresh Film Festival will screen a selection of short films that offers the audience a glimpse into to lives of young people from Ireland as well as other cultures. The screening will include a programme from annual Nordic Youth Film Festival (NUFF). Booking must be made in advance. Contact: Fresh Film Festival, 061 319555, info@freshfilmfestival.net.

Tai Chi by the River Venue: Arthur’s Quay Park Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm This event is an opportunity for people to try something new and have some fun in the fresh air by taking part in an hour-long chi kung and tai chi class at Arthur’s Quay Park. Open to all and bring a jacket!

Irish for Parents Taster Workshop

Contact: Ciara Considine 061-234754, ciara.considine@ul.ie, www.facebook.com/aonadnagaeilge

Venue: Southill Area Centre Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm See details above at 11 am.

Focus on Happiness

Contact: Jennifer O’Brien 061-603710 info@southillareacente.ie Ciara Considine 061-234754 ciara.considine@ul.ie

Venue: Millennium Theatre, LIT, Moylish Park Time: 11.00am A fun workshop covering the following topics: Definition of Happiness; Where happiness comes from; Recovering your happiness; Practical ways of keeping happiness in your life; Ways for you to take responsibility for your happiness. Hosted by National Learning Network. Contact: 061-305272

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Finding Head Space is Child’s Play

Genealogy Workshops

Venue: Limerick Social Services Centre, Upper Henry St. Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm A workshop for parents and their children to attend together. The first half an hour will see a talk for parents about the importance of mental health, while their children stay entertained with some fun activities. The last hour is fun all around in an arts and craft session with an Easter theme. (Hosted by Limerick City Children’s Services Committee, Start Right Limerick, HSE and Social Services Council.)

Venue: Tierney Building, University of Limerick Time: 10.00am – Midday Irish Ancestry Research Centre (IARC) Genealogy Workshops will consist of an Introduction to Genealogy, the basics of how to begin family history research, an outline of the recommended resources to use and how to use online sources. We would also offer more advanced classes to those who have attended our workshops in previous years.

Contact: Maria O’Dwyer or Aileen Kelleher, 061-419388

Contact: 061-518355, info@irisharc.org

‘Try your Hand’ Life Drawing Session with artist Derrick Towell

DMARC Presents

Venue: Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ground Floor

Venue: Faber Studios, 19 Henry Street. Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm The Digital Media Arts & Research Centre (DMARC), University of Limerick, present a series of installations, surround-sound works, mixed-media dance and live audiovisual performances, reflecting current practice where technology and artistic endeavour collide. All work presented has been created in Limerick by both staff and students.

Time: 2.30 – 4.00pm A fun and informal life drawing session with a variety of materials and a clothed model provided, led by artist Derrick Towell. All abilities welcome to try their hand at drawing, learn new skills/ techniques and take time out to get creative. Max 24 participants- arrive early to avoid disappointment. Contact: Aoibheann McCarthy aoibheann.mccarthy@limerickcity.ie

Free Public Tour of the Exhibition Venue: Limerick City Gallery of Art - Meet in Gallery Foyer Time: 4.15- 5.00pm To celebrate the opening of a new exhibition of works by the late artist Patrick Jolley and works from the permanent collection, Limerick City Gallery of Art will host a free public tour as part of the Lifelong Learning Festival Contact: Aoibheann McCarthy aoibheann.mccarthy@limerickcity.ie

Arduino Workshop Venue: Room CS305a, Computer Sciences Building, University of Limerick. Time: 10.30am – 1.00pm Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform. It was designed for making the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible. This event is of interest to people with basic programming skills (ages 8 to 90!). Hosted by UL Interaction Design Centre and miLKlabs. Limited to 20 places. Registration required! Contact: Gabriela, 085 1300355, Gabriela.avram@gmail.com

Waste Prevention Workshop Venue: Con Colbert Hall, Athea Time: 11.00am – 1.30pm Limerick County Council in association with Eco-Unesco will facilitate this workshop being hosted by Athea Tidy Towns. This workshop aims to provide individuals/groups with an understanding of the issues surrounding waste in relation to sustainable development, to promote care for the wider environment and empower people with skills and knowledge to promote sustainable change through environmental action. Booking is essential. Contact: 061-496192.


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Potato Celebration Day.

CPR for Family and Friends

Venue: An t-Ionad Glas Organic College, Co. Limerick VEC, Dromcollagher. Time: 11.00am – 1.30pm This event will celebrate the love affair that Irish people have with the potato. The best varieties, growing techniques and taste will be explored. Health & Nutrition information as well as recipes will be provided. Tours, tasting of varieties and practical demonstrations of growing at garden and field scale will also feature. This event is of interest to food conscious people, home gardeners and families and students of horticulture and food.

Venue: Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre. Time: 3.00pm – 6.00pm. Demonstration by Acute Medical Training on the basics of CPR and how to react and deal with lifethreatening emergencies in the home or office. Information on how to recognise the symptoms of heart attach, stroke and how to deal with cardiac arrest, choking in adult, child and infant, and demonstrate the use of a defibrillator. Try CPR with the help of instructors or simply watch and gather information.

Contact: 063-83604

Urban Gardening – Where? Why? Who? Venue: UL Community Roof Garden, University of Limerick – meet at main reception of UL. Time: 11am-1.00pm A showcase of the UL Community Roof Garden, followed by a talk on the urban gardening phenomenon worldwide. This event is of interest to people interested in starting their own garden in small spaces such as roofs, balconies, driveways and/or in creating/joining a community garden. (www.ulcommunityroofgarden.com) Contact: Gabriela, 085 1300355, Gabriela.avram@gmail.com

‘Learning your way to the future’- by understanding the past. Venue: T1.17, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road. Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm This event will teach members of the local community the skills needed to engage in oral history, and to provide an opportunity for them to put this learning into practice. In essence, once they have acquired these skills, they will then interview an older member of their community (preferably a grandparent) who has also attended the event. This event is of interest to both teenagers and older members of their community.

Introduction to Geocaching Venue: Room CS305a, Computer Sciences Building, University of Limerick. Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm Geocaching has become the new interactive treasure hunt game for all age groups integrating latest technology. The event will offer both a classroom introduction to geocaching and a recreational outdoor activity on the UL grounds. Bring a tiny object to give away as a cache! Family friendly event. This event is of interest to anyone with an interest in using modern technology for outdoor pursuits. (Hosted by UL Interaction Design Centre.) Contact: Paul Thomas Campbell, 0871904891, penapablo1@googlemail.com

An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage and History of Adare Venue: Front Plaza, Adare Heritage Centre, Time: 2.30pm – 5.00pm Guided tour of Adare that offers an opportunity to learn of the village’s history, and the resources available to assist participants learn about their own area. A themed ‘Treasure Hunt’ will be available for younger attendees. Special lunch rate available in Dovecot restaurant, Heritage Centre- please quote “Architectural Heritage Tour”. This event is of approx 90 minute-duration on Adare’s main street, culminating in a complimentary visit to the Exhibition in the Heritage Centre. Contact: Tom Cassidy, Conservation Officer, Limerick County Council, 087 66 75 129

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In Search of Historical Plaques – Tweasure Hunt

Introduction to Upcycling

Venue: Meet at Zest Cafe, Limerick City Gallery of Art. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm Explore the city in search of historical plaques and suggest locations for new plaques by using Twitter. Each team will need a smartphone and a Twitter account, but join us even if you don’t have them – we’ll find you a team! Family friendly event. (Hosted by Limerick’s Life and IxD Limerick.)

Venue: Captain’s Room, The Hunt Museum Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm Enjoy an introduction to upcycling with Mary McKeown where you will see and learn how you can turn your everyday Trash into treasure. From toilet rolls to trampolines explore ways to be creative, have fun and upcycle unwanted items in your home and garden. Open to all, a family friendly event.

Contact: Sharon, limerickslife@gmail.com or Gabriela, 085 1300355

Ballinvreena Historical Walk Venue: Ballinvreena Hall Time: 11.00am A guided road/field historical walk, taking in some local historical sites. Pre-registration essential Booking: Jim Flynn, 087-2833456, jflynn@ballyhoura.org

Ballymorris Pottery Open Day for Learning Venue: Ballymorris Pottery, Cratloe, Co. Clare Time: Midday – 4.00pm Ballymorris Pottery School will hold an open day for all to experience the wonderful feeling of working with clay in creating their own piece. Please book in advance to ensure your place. Minimal charge for firing of work. This event is for adults but children are welcome to explore the event too as we also run pottery parties for all ages. Contact: 061-357118, www.ballymorrispottery.ie

Learn and Share - Stitch’n Bitch – Limerick Crafts Group Venue: Zest Craft, Limerick City Gallery of Art Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm Do you want to learn how to knit, crochet, talk about tools, yarn, web tutorials and anything else related? Come and join us on Sunday. www.limericksnb.wordpress.com/. This event is of interest to people of any age interested in crafts (knitting, crochet, embroidery, lace making, sewing, felting and anything else). Contact: Lou, 085 7491101, lou.m.dennehy@gmail.com

Walking Tour of Griston Bog Outdoor Classroom Venue: Griston Bog, Ballylanders. Time: 3.00pm- 4.30pm A guided tour of Limerick’s only outdoor classroom facility. Learn more about the development of this facility, including how the bog was formed and the flora and fauna of the bog. Ideal place to bring the kids as there is a newly installed boardwalk with lots of colourful interpretative signs. Free wildlife posters for the kids. This event is free and everyone is welcome. Pre-registration is essential. Contact: Tony Kenneally, 086-0711227, tkenneally@ballyhoura.org

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Saturday 23rd March

Thomond Park Showcase

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Saturday 23rd March

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Thomond Park Showcase Playground Science From skipping ropes, to footballs, from hula-hoops to mirrors, Professor Hussey of Civil Engineering &Materials Science, University of Limerick brings out the science of the playground. Fun for all the family.

StoryFactory: Lifelong Learning Festival Showcase Thomond Park - 11.00am – 2.00pm This year’s festival has a showcase event planned for Thomond Park and will be a celebration of festival highlights! This exciting ‘Learner Market’ will include a variety of performances, workshops and displays – all involving the learner in a fun and interactive way. There will be something on offer for all the family, both young and old! The event will highlight our Festival Theme – ‘Learn Your Way to the Future!’ – indeed we all learn something new every day! All of the participating groups are yet to be confirmed. Please see www.Limerick.ie/lovelearning for more upto-date information. Make sure to like us on www.facebook.com/limericklifelonglearningfestival and follow us on twitter @LimkLearnFest for all the latest news on the Festival.

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A fun event for parents and children brought to you by Limerick City Adult Education Service. Build your own story and tell it to the world in our story booth. Lots of fun reading activities, face-painting and more.

CPR for Family and Friends Demonstration by Acute Medical Training on the basics of CPR and how to react and deal with lifethreatening emergencies in the home or office. Information on how to recognise the symptoms of heart attach, stroke and how to deal with cardiac arrest, choking in adult, child and infant, and demonstrate the use of a defibrillator. Try CPR with the help of instructors or simply watch and gather information.

Taking The Past Off The Page! What was it really like to live in the 16th Century> Wearing 19th Century Irish clothing, members of Iryshe Tudor Companye will take you back to the time of the Tudors. See how livings were earned, what games were played, and try your hand at some 16th Century crafts and amusements! See www. iryshetudorcompanye.ie

Thomond Park Munster Experience Museum Thanks to our hosts Thomond Park Stadium for opening the museum to our visitors free of charge for our event. The Munster Experience Museum gives you an insight into the history of Munster Rugby and Thomond Park Stadium. Discover the powerful phenomenon that Munster has become. See how the new stadium was built, a video montage with pictures and facts will show you. Visit the Munster Experience Museum and feel the inspiration and determination which surrounds Munster Rugby and Thomond Park today!

iMix – LCFE Online Radio: Live broadcast coverage of the event Limerick College of Further Education is celebrating 50 years providing education in the city this year. To mark the opening of its celebrations, LCFE’s online radio station iMix will broadcast live coverage of the Thomond Park event as part of its week-long programming dedicated to the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival. The station will bring all the colour of the event to life and review some of the highlight events of the previous days. Staffed entirely by media students at LCFE, iMix as the ‘voice of the festival’ will bring live learning to life. Live audio will be streamed through the station’s website www.imixradio.ie and visitors to Thomond Park will get to hear and learn from LCFE students broadcasting the programme.

Take that First Step Back into Learning

(National Adult Literacy Agency)

Literacy students who are members of National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) student sub-committee will be available to talk about: - - - - -

Taking the first step back into learning as an adult A new website for parents ‘Help my kid learn’ - www.helpmykidlearn.ie NALA’s online learning website www.writeon.ie Becoming a learning ambassador (Contact: Denise McBride dmcbride@nala.ie)

Laugh for No Reason at All! – Laughter Yoga with Angie Lindenau Laughter Yoga teaches to generate laughter in order to improve mood and health, even when you don’t feel like laughing. Laughter Yoga is an excellent stress buster and its benefits also include boosting the immune system, creativity and memory.

Television and Video Production Green Screen Demo Studio Limerick College of Further Education Media Department students will demo the use of green screen for compositing images and video streams together. This technique is commonly used for newscasting, weather forecast broadcasting and in the videogame industries. Visitors to the Thomond Park event will get an opportunity to try their hand at presenting to camera and viewing themselves on a large-screen plasma TV. They will also learn how cameras, sound and lighting produce television output.

See www.limerick.ie/lovelearning for all up-to-date information on our Thomond Park Showcase event on Saturday 23rd!


Other Events

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Please see www.limerick.ie/lovelearning for confirmation of these event details closer to the time of the Festival. Environment Talk Venue and Time to be confirmed. 2 x ½ hour Talks on environmental issues Contact: Sinead McDonnell, 061 407190

Gardening Talk Venue and Time to be confirmed. ½ hour talk on gardening

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Contact: Michael Sheehan, 061 407190

Introduction to Social Media Venue: The Granary Library, Michael St., Limerick Time: To be confirmed. This event will be a brief introduction to social media. At the end, the participants should be familiar with the concepts of social media and be able to begin using facebook, twitter, etc. Contact: Damien Dullaghan 061 407510

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Art Workshop Venue: The Granary Library, Michael St., Limerick Time: To be confirmed. Contact: Damien Dullaghan, 061 407510

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The University of Limerick is pleased support the 2013 contact Ciara: Forto further information, phone: 061 234754 Lifelong Learning Festival which aims to promote and develop email: ciara.considine@ul.ie lifelong learning in Limerick and the surrounding Skype: ulgaeilge region. www.ul.ie/enaonadnagaeilge For details of Irish language

For further information, contact: events & courses, like us on Facebook! Department of Lifelong Learning and Outreach phone: 061 202530 / 202047 0bpobeobhbfjmhf email: lifelonglearning@ul.ie www.ul.ie/dllo

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CGO CHONTAE LUIMNIGH COUNTY LIMERICK VEC Serving the Community Post Primary Education

Adult Literacy

Adult & Continuing Education

Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)

Third Level Course Provision

Further Education and Training

Youthreach Programme

Inservice Programmes

VTOS Programme

Outdoor Education

Community Education

Youth Affairs

Post Primary Colleges/Schools

Adult & Continuing Education Centres

Colaiste Íde agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale

Abbeyfeale Education Centre

Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton

An t-Ionad Glas Organic Centre, Dromcollogher

St. Michael’s College, Cappamore

Youthreach East, Hospital

Castletroy College, Castletroy

Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre, Kilfinane

Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom

Adult Learner Support Centre, Kilmallock

Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher

VTOS East, Kilmallock

Coláiste Iósaef, Kilmallock

Kilmallock College of Further Education

Desmond College, Newcastlewest

Adult Learner Support Centre, Newcastlewest

Gaelcholáiste Uí Chonbá, Caisleán Nua Thiar

Adult Guidance Centre, Newcastlewest

Coláiste na Trócaire, Rathkeale

Youthreach West, Shanagolden VTOS West, Resource Centre, Shanagolden Education Resource Centre, Shanagolden

Marshal House, Dooradoyle Road, Co. Limerick. Phone No: (061) 442100 Fax No: (061) 442199 email: admin@limerickvec.ie

See Page 38 for details of our Thomond Park Showcase Event!’


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2013 Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Programme  

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