The Crowne Plaza in Dundalk was the scene on the 27th of November for this year’s awards ceremony for the Adult Learning Service in Dundalk. The occasion marked the achievements of over 100 learners who gathered with their peers and families to celebrate.
The event was opened by Kinga Byrne Adult Literacy Organiser for Co. Louth. She briefly outlined the nature of the service and opportunities that are available to learners including 100 different courses this year. She encouraged learners to tell their families and friends about the service which is free and easy to access.
The speeches on the night included a few words from former learner from the service Victoria Francisco. She told the audience of her journey through the service which brought her from Level 2 Courses to her current course which is a Level 5 in O’ Fiaich College where she is studying social care. She thanked the adult literacy service for all their support and received a huge round of applause for her outstanding achievement.
Then came the major event of the evening, the certificates were presented by guest speaker Aisling Sheridan the Adult Education officer for LMETB. Before the presentation Aisling spoke of her pride about being at the event to celebrate the learners outstanding achievements with them. She said, “I am amazed at the commitment you have all made to your learning and you deserve such credit for making those often difficult first steps into classes and then working so hard to get to today.”
The learners received their certificates supported by all present and the atmosphere was filled with pride and joy and lots of very special photographs. On completion of the formal part of the evening tutors and learners got to mingle and of course share some lovely food together. It was a fantastic evening for all present.