Carrigaline Lifelong Learning Festival is launched, catering for all ages and abilities

31 March 2017
By Bryan Smyth

Gene Cahill, Adult Education Carrigaline Community School, Former Ireland and Munster rugby star Frankie Sheahan, Samantha Murphy, Family Support Centre Carrigaline, and Ciaran Lynch, Cork ETB.

The Carrigaline Community celebrated learning today as they announced the launch of the Carrigaline Lifelong Learning Festival, which will take place in the Carrigaline Community School on Saturday 8th of April 2017 from 12 noon to 4pm.

With a jam-packed programme of engaging speakers, arts and crafts workshops, along with a host of educational bodies and institutions with details of a wide range of courses there really is something for everyone. Entry to all events on the day are free and learners of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to come along with family and friends to find out about the many activities and learning opportunities available in Carrigaline.

Organised by the Carrigaline Community and Education Network, the Carrigaline Lifelong Learning Festival is part of this year’s Cork Lifelong Learning Festival.

Speaking at the launch of the festival former Irish International and Munster Rugby star Frankie Sheahan, who was awarded the immense honour of opening the festival on Saturday 8th, passionately commented, “I am very pleased to be associated with the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival and delighted to be given the honour of launching the Carrigaline chapter of this fantastic week-long festival.

The rugby ace went on to commend organisers saying, “I would like to congratulate and commend the Carrigaline Community and Education Network, and all its members for their organising in bringing this all-important festival to life in Carrigaline. It is a wonderful opportunity to see first-hand the huge number of courses which are accessible locally to learners of all ages.

“The Cork Lifelong Learning Festival prides itself on its motto to investigate, celebrate and participate and the Carrigaline Community & Education Network are inviting everyone to come along to their day of events to do the same” concluded Sheahan.

The Carrigaline Lifelong Festival will have on display the many learning activities and local services that are available in the Carrigaline community. The diverse and engaging programme for the learning showcase will include musical performances, sewing and lacemaking presentations, stain-glass workshops, container gardening demonstrations, storytelling sessions and a whole lot more! (Note to editors: See copy of the Carrigaline Learning Festival programme below.)

The festival will provide information about courses which are designed to accommodate many different learning needs and levels. It doesn’t matter if a person has never done a course before, as there is a first time for everything and a broad range of learning opportunities and supports available. There are even courses on offer for those who may be thinking of returning to learning, but may first wish to get help brushing up on their study skills.

There will be an array of stands exhibiting throughout the day providing information on the full range of courses available in Carrigaline, whether it be for someone wishing to take up a part time or certified course, someone wanting to learn a new skill or someone wishing to develop a hobby. There will also be demonstrations and user guides in relation to online supports and courses such as those provided by the Library Service.

For more information and updates on these free programme of events for all the family check out the Carrigaline Community and Education Network Facebook pageCarrigalineCommunityEducationNetwork.

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