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Five Galway education organisations make the shortlist for Connaught AONTAS STAR Awards

17 Feb 2012 02:14 PM

A community garden, a theatre company which provides training for adults with intellectual disabilities, a home and garden makeover project, a Men's Shed and a resource centre catering to the needs of older people have all been shortlisted for an AONTAS STAR Award in the Connaught category.

Ballinfoile Mór Community Garden is a partnership initiative developed by City of Galway VEC, Galway Partnership, Galway Co. Council and other agencies. The Clifden Home and Garden Programme was developed by County Galway VEC, the HSE and other agencies and provided skills and resources for low income families to improve their homes. Cumann na bhFear is a community Men's Shed based in Galway and part of the Irish Men's Sheds Association. Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre is a St Vincent de Paul resource centre in Galway city, and the Blue Teapot Company provides accredited training in the performing arts.

The STAR Awards recognise outstanding examples of adult education in Ireland. This year five Awards will be given - four provincial awards and one nationwide award. The STAR Awards is now in its sixth year, with the number of entries increasing from last year. This year AONTAS received 119 entries from adult education organisations all around the country.

The winners will be announced at the STAR Awards Ceremony on February 20th.

The shortlist was developed by an Independent Judging Panel, who will now hit the road to meet with the seven hopeful groups. 'These projects are great examples of the diversity of adult learning', said AONTAS Director Berni Brady.

The next judging phase involves regional meetings with the shortlisted projects. During these meetings, organisations will be given the opportunity to talk to the judging panel and show why they should receive a STAR Award. 'We're encouraging the shortlisted groups to bring learners who have benefited from their services, or to show some of the work that they have done,' explained Ms Brady. The judges will then make a decision on a winner and a highly commended award in that category and the names will be kept secret until the ceremony.

The judges will meet with shortlisted projects in the Connaught Category at Croi na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, Mill Street Co. Galway on Tuesday the 7th of February from 11 am.

For more information/ contact
Niamh Farren, Communications Officer, AONTAS 01 406 8220/087 911 0569

Note to Editor
1. The STAR Awards is an initiative organised by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation. The Awards showcase teamwork and award recognition to adult learning organisations. More information about the awards and the Adult Learners' Festival is available from
2. Award winners will be announced at the ceremony on February 20th at the Burlington Hotel.