Things to do in Limerick Ireland – Light Moves

Light Moves, the world-renown Irish festival of dance, film and media arts, is coming back to Limerick for the fifth year in early November 2018. Light Moves will be featuring live music and dance performances, workshops, exhibitions, feature films, family screenings, short film programs, and interesting talks.

To get an impression, check out this 2015 Cáit Ní Dhuinnín video (dance material filmed in West Kerry and screened at 2014 Light Moves  Festival of Screendance in Limerick:

The 2018 edition of the festival of screendance will be taking place in Limerick at Belltable, St John’s Church, the University of Limerick, and Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Light Moves starts out with a couple of events on Thursday night, November 2nd. Dr. Desmond FitzGerald, University of Limerick president, will be launching the festival at Limerick City Gallery of Art (Carnegie Building, Pery Square), at 6 p.m. The Gallery will be screening thought-provoking filmwork throughout the amazing festival.
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The University of Limmerick

The University of Limerick (UL) is a relatively young, enterprising, and energetic university with a strong and proud record of innovative education and research excellence.

The University is independent, has an international focus, and employs some 1,300 staff members that service more than 11,500 students.

It is the school’s mission is to advance and promote knowledge and learning through academic teaching, groundbreaking research, and scholarship, all set in an environment that is encouraging innovation and continues to uphold the fundamental principles of free expression and inquiry. The school focuses particularly on generating knowledge and developing skills relevant to Ireland’s socioeconomic needs and development.

The University of Limerick was founded in 1972 under the name ‘National Institute for Higher Education’ but in 1989 the school received its classification as the University of Limerick (UL).

The school offers a wide range of academic programs from undergraduate to doctoral and postdoctoral degrees in the academic disciplines of Arts, Business, Humanities & Social Sciences, Science & Engineering, and Education & Health Sciences.

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Celebrating Birthdays – The Only Way to Go!

There are two days I wake up especially early on ~ Christmas and my birthday. They’re both really special days, and I don’t want to miss a minute of celebrating.

As soon as my birthday month begins, I can feel the anticipation building to my day. It’s such a fun feeling.

And it’s not even about getting gifts. No, not at all. It’s about me being me and how on that day, I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to.

Yeah, that’s the rule in our house ~ there’s no shoulds or have tos. And I get to pick what I want to eat.
You see, we’re all so unique. There’s only one me, one special me in this huge universe ~ and that’s worth celebrating! Dr. Seuss says it best:

You see, we’re all so unique.  There’s only one me, one special me in this huge universe ~ and that’s worth celebrating!  Dr. Seuss says it best:

Today you are You, that is truer than true. 
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

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The Continuing Melodramatic School Uniforms Debate

The other day, I was reading a blog post how Texas schools are considering forcing students who violate the dress code to put on a prison jumpsuit. While that doesn’t directly relate to school uniforms, it got me really thinking more and more about the ever-continuing debate about whether or not school uniforms are worth the trouble.

One thing I’ve noticed about the school uniform debate is that parents tend to be more in favor of it, and kids tend to be more opposed. Being young, I’m against it. I went to a private school where uniforms were required from kindergarten right through 6th grade, then I went to public school where free dress was the norm from then on.

I have to admit, when you’re at a school where uniforms are already a policy, being told what to wear doesn’t seem like a big deal at a time. But if a school were to switch from a free dress policy to a uniform policy… that wouldn’t go over so well.

The school uniform debate is undoubtedly a complex issue, but here are some commonly discussed pros and cons and what I make of them:

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High School Year in Ireland

The Irish secondary school system has a six-year course, with a state exam during the third year entitled “The Junior Certificate” and at the end of the sixth year, the “Leaving Certificate”. Year four is a transition year where students try out various new subjects and programs before choosing what to study for in their final 2-year programme.

The most appropriate years to come and study and receive validation from the Department of Education here in Ireland are those years where the students do not complete a state exam. They do however complete school exams on a regular basis and a final grade is given for their overall performance throughout the year based on all these exams.

Most students have come to study 5th year and some have stayed to complete the 6th year so that they could continue on directly to University degree program either in Ireland or in their home country. Students are welcome to come for any year of their studies and great care is given to placing the student in the best school for their individual needs.

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Would you choose to study in Ireland?

My grandparents came to the US from Ireland and I would like to go back there one time, especially after reading the article how easy it is to find a job in one of the global companies such as Google or eBay if you are there and have good educational background. I was thinking about doing my MBA in Ireland actually, One of the best ways to boost a career and is to complete an MBA program.

Take a closer look at this video about the University of Limerick:

These days, while the pace of business exercises is speeding up rapidly in the world, business people must be commercially aware more than ever before. Enrolling in an MBA program will guarantee the best-established path to obtain all the related and essential skills and know-how. You would not believe how inexpensive it is over there.

Studying in Ireland

All over the world, Ireland’s extensive and famous history of academic excellence is acknowledged. Reaching back as far as the Middle Ages, Ireland always has been known for its strong educational strength and has one of the best academic reputations in the western world.

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Excellence in Education: The Making Of Great Schools

Consider just a few of these issues: safe schools, how to better integrate technology into the curriculum, extending the school day and the school year, how much homework is too much, figuring out successful strategies to develop community-based schools, finding foreign language and science teachers, managing gender disparities in achievement and coping with testing.

Sound familiar? These concerns have been the stuff of staff development meetings and educational administrator conferences here for years, as teachers, principals and superintendents struggle to adjust to an ever more demanding, and swiftly changing, educational environment.

What’s different in this comprehensive and scholarly book, obviously destined for academic and policy-making circles, is that the educational system in question is that of the United Kingdom, which has in recent years been as convulsed by upheavals as our own system.

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