Learning Festival 2006Learning Festival Logo 2006

The third Cork Lifelong Learning Festival runs from Monday April 3 to Sunday April 9 2006.

It’s a unique festival on this island, bringing together such a huge range of learning organisations catering for all ages and interests, from sports to arts, heritage to IT, from the attainment of formal qualifications to discovering a leisure activity.

During the festival over 150 free events take place across the city in a variety of venues, among them community and resource centres, museums, shopping centres, colleges, sports grounds, arts centres and libraries.

Learning Festival Programme 2006(1,606KB) The Festival Programme is available here in pdf format.

What's On Monday 3rd April 2006(174KB)

What's On Tuesday 4th April 2006(395KB)

What's On Wednesday 5th April 2006(513KB)

What's On Thursday 6th April 2006(824KB)

What's On Friday 7th April 2006(129KB)

What's On Saturday 8th April 2006(558KB)

What's On Sunday 9th April 2006(55KB)

Event Updates

Tuesday Updates - Learn About Our Environment(284KB)

Tuesday Updates - Knocknaheeny(75KB)

Wednesday Updates - The Glen(7KB)

Thursday Updates - Shandon/Cathedral/Blackpool Education Network(7KB)

Cancellation of Inline Hockey, Saturday 8 April.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the inline hockey display scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mahon Community Centre, Ave de Rennes, on Saturday 8 April has been cancelled. For further information about Inline Hockey contact Jason Tessier 086 1609431.

“Investigate – Participate – Celebrate!"

The festival promotes and celebrates learning in all its many forms, and encourages take-up amongst people from all ages and backgrounds. Its motto is Investigate, Participate, Celebrate – and during the festival the public can find out what classes are available, see work produced by those attending them, and take part in the many specially organised taster sessions.

Events include demonstrations, tours, introductory classes, exhibitions, information sessions, seminars, workshops, talks. Some organisations are taking their activities out of their usual premises and into shopping centres, community and resource centres.

The emphasis is on fun with plenty of opportunities for the public not just to watch but also to join in and try out a skill. There are activities for all ages, and many events are suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Through free and accessible events it demonstrates the many opportunities for learning there are in Cork City.

What happens during the Festival?

Learning is promoted as fun with a range of events taking place throughout the city and suburbs – including public spaces, shopping centres, libraries, community centres. The focus is on showing what can be learned, with hands-on events, allowing the public to join in where possible. Among the huge variety of interesting experiences the festival offers this year are:  

  • taking a stroll with wildlife expert Jim Wilson along the new Lee Walkway;
  • finding out about our environment at the newly opened Lifetime Lab;
  • taking an introductory class in a variety of activities, including Indoor Bowling, Tai Chi, Irish Dancing, Volleyball, Salsa, Tae Kwando;
  • examining close up the Traveller wagon created for Cork 2005;
  • enjoying a swim or sauna at the recently opened Churchfield Leisureworld;
  • hearing about Cork’s history and archaeology at a range of talks;
  • having your dog groomed;
  • taking a computer class on board the Cork Connect Mobile Learning Bus;
  • enjoying Afternoon Tea prepared and served by Fáilte Ireland trainees;
  • being taken on unique tours of exhibitions by their curators;
  • tasting wine, chocolate, cheese and gateaux at Alliance Francaise;
  • finding out about classes available in a diverse range of skills and subjects through local Community Education Networks, and in colleges and centres all over the city.  

What is Lifelong Learning?

Lifelong learning is not only about adult and continuing education, and is more than acquiring skills and qualifications – it’s a process which lasts throughout our lives, and includes both formal and informal learning. It includes crafts, IT, languages, the arts, sports and other physical activities.

Who is organising Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival?

The Festival is organised by the Learning Forum, set up under the Cork City Development Board as part of its Integrated Strategy for the Economic, Social and Cultural Development of the city. The Forum brings together a wide range of learning stakeholders in Cork City – from early childhood learning to higher education, professional training to non formal learning. The festival is supported financially by the City of Cork VEC, Cork City Council, FETAC, FAS, Ballyphehane Credit Union and the Evening Echo.

Festival programmes are available from libraries, shops and all the organisations involved. Copies are also available from the Cork City Development Board, 89 South Mall, Cork. Tel 021 4924596


Launch of the 2006 Lifelong Learning Festival

Speech delivered by Lord Mayor of Cork , Cllr. Deirdre Clune

26 January 2006, Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork City Council   

Launch of the 2006 Lifelong Learning Festival

Photographed at the launch of the 2006 Lifelong Learning Festival, from left to right: William McAuliffe (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa), Dan Linehan (Chief Executive Evening Echo), Tina Neylon (Festival Co-Ordinator), Diarmaid O’Donovan (Evening Echo), Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Deirdre Clune, Ted Owens (CEO City of Cork VEC) and Elmarie McCarthy (Cork City Council).


Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, sponsors, volunteers, you are all very welcome here this afternoon as we take the opportunity to thank you for your previous contributions and send out a reminder to the general public and all involved that this year’s festival is fast approaching.

The Lifelong Learning Festival is just one of the ways in which Cork is taking the lead nationally. This unique festival showcases the range of learning opportunities available to everyone in our city and celebrates the achievements of learners in a variety of fields.  

It reflects Cork’s commitment to being a City of Learning – ie a city where access to learning is available for all levels and to all ages in the city, addressing the diversity of learning needs.  

The festival highlights the variety of learning opportunities there are for everyone in Cork. Its motto is Investigate, Participate, Celebrate, and the public can do that by watching demonstrations, trying out skills, and seeing others, from the young to the old, show what they have learned. 

We in Cork City Council recognise the importance of learning as a lifelong activity - I am proud to be the third Lord Mayor to act as festival patron.  

Not yet three years old the festival has quickly become an important annual event on the city’s calendar. The inaugural festival in 2004 ran for two days, with more than 65 events to choose from; in 2005 the second festival lasted four days, and included over 140 different events. This year its organisers plan to consolidate its success and expand – with even more types of learning included. 

As Deputy Mayor during the inaugural festival I visited some of the events and saw for myself the wide range of learning opportunities there are in our city, for people of all ages and with different interests and abilities. I also admired work produced by participants on some of the courses.  

The Festival is supported financially by the City of Cork VEC, Cork City Council, FETAC (Further Education & Training Awards Council), The Evening Echo and Ballyphehane Credit Union, and I would like to thank them all for their generosity. 

I would also like to thank especially The Evening Echo for being media sponsor of the festival last year and agreeing to be so again in 2006. Its contribution is invaluable in heightening public awareness of the Lifelong Learning Festival. 

I would also like to acknowledge the enormous contribution made by all the people involved in organising and running the events during the Festival, many of whom are here this afternoon. I realise that their commitment and hard work, often taking time out of their busy schedules and over and above their existing jobs to contribute to the festival, is what makes it so successful. Without you the Lifelong Learning Festival simply would not happen. 

I also want to thank in advance those who are getting involved for the first time this year and wish you success.  

Here’s to an even more successful event in 2006.

Go raibh maith agaibh
Lord Mayor of Cork , Cllr. Deirdre Clune.