On Friday March 9th 2012 in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork, the Lord Mayor of Cork was joined by the Lord Mayor of Belfast to launch this year’s Cork Lifelong Learning Festival to celebrate Cork's relationship with Féile an Phobail in Belfast.
At the launch of the festival at City Hall, Cork, Lord Mayor Terry Shannon, said:
“First of all I want to say something about what this festival means to the city. It proudly takes its place beside the other annual festivals – more than 20 of them – which make Cork what it is – a welcoming city, which caters for its citizens as well as visitors, and which helps sell the city as a location for new investment and business.
Lord Mayor Of Cork, Cllr.Terry Shannon launches the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival with the
Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr. Niall Ó Donnghaile.
“The festival’s aims are two-fold: to celebrate those already participating in learning of all kinds; and to raise awareness of the huge range of options there are all over the city for others to get involved in learning, whatever their age.
“This year there is a greater emphasis than ever before on celebration – on showing how much fun you can have while trying out something new – and there are plenty of opportunities to do so, with more than 430 different events, all free, to choose from for all ages, during festival week.”
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr. Niall Ó Donnghaile replied:
“It's exciting to be part of Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival, especially because of its links with Féile an Phobail in Belfast. Both of them are community driven and are aimed at providing cultural and educational experiences that take the recipients out of their comfort zones into somewhere new.
“It is great too to see the all Ireland collaboration in the festival programme that benefits all of us on this island. I am delighted to be here for this event and look forward to the festival’s ongoing success and contact with Belfast. Your festival’s motto : Investigate-Participate-Celebrate says it all really – we all need to be open to new experiences and the opportunities they present, not just in our individual lives but for our cities.
“Both of our cities have a wealth of talent still to be discovered. 2012 is an exciting year for Belfast, in particular because of the Titanic centenary, and because we are continually seeking to learn from others and work in partnership with those in and outside the city to improve the prospects for our people. It is great that Cork shares the same attitude.”
The 9th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival runs from Monday March 26th to Sunday April 1st – free programmes are available from all participants organisations, from branches of Cork City Libraries and at the public counter in the Civic offices ,City Hall ,Cork
Particapants of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival welcoming Cork Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr.Terry Shannon
and the Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr. Niall Ó Donnghaile to the launch of the 2012 festival.