5 Mar 2018

National Winners of Prestigious Adult Learning Awards Announced

The winners of the AONTAS STAR Awards were announced at a special ceremony in Number 6, Kildare Street, Dublin today (05.03.2018), officiated by RTÉ sports presenter, Marty Morrissey. The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are an awards initiative organised by the national adult learning organisation, AONTAS, to recognise and celebrate the work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland.

The national winners announced today are:

Commenting at the awards ceremony, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said: “I’m delighted to award these fantastic initiatives for the outstanding work they are doing in the area of adult learning. The STAR Awards is about highlighting the broad range of benefits from adult learning, the diversity of provision, the range of innovative models of best practice that facilitate personal development, confidence building so that learners can fulfil their educational aspirations.”

“We have a great tradition of adult learning in Ireland, particularly community education. The STAR Awards gives us a fantastic opportunity to show the positive impact of this learning on individuals, their families and communities.”

The STAR Awards are now in their 12th year, and form part of the programme of events of AONTAS’ annual Adult Learners’ Festival, taking place nationwide 5th to 9th March. The theme of this year’s festival is #LoveLifelongLearning.

O’Reilly continued: “We chose this theme as Ireland has a relatively low participation in lifelong learning (6-7%). The Festival provides an opportunity for education providers to have open days, taster session and coffee mornings which are designed to encourage people to take a step back into education.”

Further information on the Adult Learners’ Festival can be found here: