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History of LCEN

Community education had developed across Limerick in the 1980s; building on this, Deirdre Frawley, Adult Education Officer with Limerick City VEC 
together with Paul Partnership and community groups around the city set up a community education network in 1993 for information sharing and 
support.  Limerick Community Education Network was born. The areas and groups involved initially were:  Moyross, Our Lady of lourdes, St. Munchin’s, St. Mary’s, Southill, ADAPT House, St John’s, Active Age, Home School Liaison co-ordinators  and the Travellers Project.

Over the last 20 years the LCEN, through it’s membership groups, has facilitated the growth of community-based adult education in Limerick City.

The individual learner and the local community have been at the heart of this growth.


Representation on successive CLVEC Adult Education Boards since 1999


First LCEN Community Education Brochure produced providing information
on adult education courses in community based centres. This information has 
been provided by LCEN each year since 2003 



Representative nominated by Limerick City Council to CLVEC Committee (2005—2009)

8 Community groups awarded   FETAC Quality Assured   Certificates reflecting capacity of community groups to provide
high quality certified learning opportunities 

Exploratory trip to community education projects in Scotland leading to new LCEN initiatives  (2005)

Launch of Learner Charter which set out learner’s views on best practice in adult education
LCEN become members of Aontas Community Education Network in order to influence national policy 

LCEN  membership review leading to inclusion of Queen of Peace, St. Saviours, Doras Luimni, Link, Garryowen


LCEN secure funding under RAPID and appoints three Development workers across the City

City wide Learner Forum set up to provide a representative voice for learners across the City

Limerick Regeneration recognise the importance of LCEN by including it in  the Regeneration master plan and providing funding for development workers

Celebration of learning through annual involvement in Limerick Lifelong Learning and Aontas Adult Education festivals 

LCEN support a number of learner led initiatives e.g. Tackies, Rushers, Peggy’s Leg, a collection of childhood stories produced by LCEN. 

LCEN scoop AONTAS STAR AWARD 2012 in recognition of the positive contribution LCEN has made to the local community and to society


Strategic Plan 2013-2018

Development of community education Communications Guidelines 

Member of Aontas CEN Steering Committee

LCEN member Vice-Chair Aontas

Celebration of 30 years of community education

Best Performance award St. Patricks Day 2016


Development of LCEN Website

LCEN Culture Night

LCEN Journeys Exhibition

Review of Limerick and Clare ETB community education programme in collaboration with Limerick and Clare ETB

LCEN 25 Year celebration

Development of Community Education Handbook in collaboration with Limerick and Clare ETB Community Education Programme 

Re-engagement with QQI 7 Outreach Centres under Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board Quality Assurance

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