Mallow’s first Lifelong Learning Festival, which runs from 11th to 16th April, provides a variety of workshops and demonstrations encompassing the traditional and the experimental; the reflective and the creative; the practical and the digital: all in all an invitation to celebrate, investigate, participate in the many learning opportunities available throughout the town during festival week.

This is Mallow in celebration mode with the festival being a showcase and a testimony to the importance of community spirit and the benefits of adult education.

Follow the festival trail to the Q Centre in Quartertown where you can make and plant your summer window-box, learn to upholster your favourite chair and for the fashion conscious design a statement hat for next year’s Race Week, or simply relax with a session of yoga and mindfulness. And for the really adventurous, make your first Vox Pop.

Wander down town to Mallow College of Further Education, check out the sound engineering section and learn how to make your own home recordings. Find out about complementary therapies or animal care, or participate in a practical workshop: How to Read your Payslip. Up-town in the Gilbert Centre there’s a chance to experiment with roof-gardening, and Mallow Day Care has an open afternoon of music and song. 

Across town, in Ballyellis, is Mallow’s best kept culinary secret, the art of the upside-down apple tart; the Men’s Shed are not only master craftsmen in wood turning, but equally adept at baking. Youthreach has a coffee morning; students discuss their work and put on an exhibition of painting and woodwork. 

The grand finale belongs to Millstreet Community Choir who sing the week out on a high note at Mallow County Library on Saturday 16th April at 1.30pm.

For further information on this action- packed week and to make bookings for the various workshops, contact Marion Hennessy 022- 42322.