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Fifth Cork Lifelong Learning Festival to be opened by Minister Seán Haughey

The fifth Cork Lifelong Learning Festival runs from Monday April 7 to Sunday April 13 with over 230 events – all free – taking place across the city.

It will be officially opened by Minister of State in the Department of Education & Science, Seán Haughey TD, on Monday April 7 at 11.30am in the National Learning Network’s Training Centre in Hollyhill.

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The Lord Mayor Cllr. Donal Counihan speaking at the launch of the 5th Lifelong Learning Festival watched by Willie McAuliffe Chairman, Maurice Gubbins, Evening Echo (Media sponsors) and Ted Owens, Cork VEC, in the Foyer of the Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork.

The festival’s motto is Investigate, Participate, Celebrate – and the public can do so by enjoying performances, trying out new skills, and seeing work produced by others already involved in learning.

During the week there’s lots of emphasis on fun and on taking learning out among the public – with displays and demonstrations in shopping centres, and events in venues of all kinds, including museums, parks, community centres, sports grounds. The public can try out different skills – from sign language to rowing, capoeira to embroidery…and a whole lot more.

Among festival highlights are: a Seminar on Work Based Learning, including an address by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Micheál Martin; Access All Areas – a conference showcasing Social Inclusion Initiatives in Music & Education; and a Seminar addressing Values in Education – What matters? with keynote speaker Professor of Equality Studies at UCD, Dr Kathleen Lynch.

Events during the festival mark Cork Adult Literacy Awareness Week, National Anti-Racism Week, National Childminding Week, the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue – and even the International Year of the Potato.

There’s an opportunity to learn what the Lisbon Treaty is all about, a Longboat is launched; there’s a Bat Walk in Fitzgerald’s Park; Seán Óg Ó hAilpín talks about his educational and sporting experiences; groups from Belfast and Mayfield paint a mural together; there are workshops in the award-winning Blackrock Castle Observatory …. there really are events for every age group – from pre-school to post retirement.

The festival is organised by the Learning Forum, set up under the Cork City Development Board to mark Cork as a City of Learning. It is financially supported by the City of Cork VEC, Cork City Council, FÁS, FETAC (the Further Education & Training Awards Council), O’Callaghan Properties, Ballyphehane Credit Union, CIT, Blackrock Credit Union and The Evening Echo.

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The Lord Mayor Cllr. Donal Counihan prior to the launch of the 5th Lifelong Learning Festival with Tina Naylon, Co-ordinator, Willie McAuliffe, Chairman and Ted Owens, Cork VEC, in the City Hall foyer with students from Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa who greeted the arrivals for the launch.

For further information, contact: Tina Neylon – 021 492 4527 – 086 603 5552 – or email

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