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The 16th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

The 16th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival will be taking place between Sunday, April 7th and Sunday, April 14th, promoting and celebrating learning for everyone and across all ages in the city and county. 

This festival began as a pilot project in 2004 organised and co-ordinated by the Cork Learning Forum, a partnership forum of educational groups and organisations, and other stakeholders in the city.

The festival is a key part of the City’s strategy of making Cork a UNESCO Learning City. Cork was presented with the UNESCO Learning City Award at the 2015 UNESCO International Conference on Learning Cities in Mexico City, being one of the first 12 international cities to receive it. This award recognises and highlights the presence of good practice in promoting accessible and high-quality education and lifelong learning opportunities at the local level, becoming a member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities and a key step in the process of becoming a designated ‘learning city’ (link is external).

The festival’s motto is 'Investigate, Participate, Celebrate', and it invites the public to do that by taking part in the workshops, classes and demonstrations which are taking place throughout the week, all of which are free of charge and open to all.

The festival brochure is available from all libraries and civic buildings throughout the county and available online here

Events of particular interest to educators include: 

"Now or never: about the necessity to stand for ourselves and the privilege to support others" taking place on Monday, April 8th in West Wing 5 of the University College Cork (UCC) campus between 10am - 11am.

This talk, facilitated by Dr. Edith Kroeber from the Univesity of Stuttgart will explore the question 'What´s the good life?',  duiscussing contemporary research which agrees that good quality interpersonal relations are thesecret of a long, happy and fulfilled life. 

PSYCHED : Workplace Mental Health Promotion taking place on Monday, April 8th in the Republic of Works office, 12 South Mall between 12pm - 3pm.

This talk will stimulate a conversation in promoting a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, and find out about setting goals for positive improvement. PSYCHED workshops take place throughout the year. Light lunch will be provided.

For bookings contact or visit

Development and Global Citizenship Education lecture taking place on Wdnesday, April 10th in Room 202 of the O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork between 10am - 1pm

This seminar will discuss how our everyday lives are affected by global forces, introducing Development Education and how it can be used to understand these forces and how to change them to create a more just and sustainable future for everyone.

For bookings, contact:

Coaching Skills taking place on Wednesday, April 10th in West Wing 9, University College Cork between 3pm - 4pm.

This presentation will discuss the use of coaching in Life and Organisational settings, exploring both the potential and the performance of individuals.

For bookings contact:


The Cork Anti-Poverty Resource Network (CAPRN) will host 4 sample training workshops where you can learn about the history of the Network and the work of its projects. Over the days, they will demonstrate what participants and clients learn from our projects, and how they apply their learning into their daily lives and communities. 

These workshops include:

Would you like to become a literacy tutor?  taking place on Monday, April 8th in the Education and Rights Centre, Churchfield Avenue, Churchfield between 11am - 11:30am. 

Mná Feasa’s Domestic Violence Project (Overall winners of 2018 Cork Community and Voluntary awards) taking place on Tuesday, April 9th in the Gate Lodge, St Marys Campus, Gurranabraher between 11am - 11:30am. 

Women Supporting Women Mentoring Project taking place on Wednesday, April 10th in the Gate Lodge, St Marys Campus, Gurranabraher between 11am - 11:30am

Explore Community Childcare in Churchfield taking place on Thursday, April 8th in the Education and Rights Centre, 5 Churchfield Avenue, Churchfield between 12:30pm - 1pm. 

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