AONTAS calls on Tipperary Projects to enter the STAR awards

AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation, has today called on adult education projects in the Tipperary area to enter the 10th Annual STAR Awards. The STAR Awards is a national awards initiative that celebrates the achievements of adult learners and adult education programmes throughout the island of Ireland.

AONTAS calls on Tipperary Projects to enter the STAR awardsEvery year in February, AONTAS holds a national Adult Learners’ Festival of which the STAR Awards is an integral part. The Awards recognise the positive contribution of adult learning to individuals, communities and wider society.

Previous winners from Tipperary include Making Connections South Tipperary, which won a STAR Award in the Munster category in 2015. The project is a unique training programme which offers a re-introduction to education and training for adults experiencing substance misuse, homelessness and substance related mental health difficulties.

Commenting at the launch of the 2016 Star Awards, Berni Brady, Director of AONTAS, said: “The STAR Awards provides a real opportunity for us to highlight adult education projects that are successful in helping adults to progress on to employment, further and higher education or to contribute to their own communities.

“Over the 10-year history of the STAR Awards, a number of highly impressive projects from Tipperary have been nominated, shortlisted and have won awards. This year, we look forward to seeing more projects from the Tipperary area receiving recognition through the Awards.”

There are nine different categories in the STAR Awards, and adult education projects may be nominated in one category only.  The Awards are judged by an independent panel of judges.  AONTAS welcomes nominations from project coordinators, adult learners and / or people not directly involved in the project they are nominating. For further information and to download a nomination form, go to:

Winners of the 10th annual AONTAS Star Awards will be announced at the Star Awards ceremony in The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin on Monday, 22nd February 2016.  This will be the opening event of the 2016 National Adult Learners’ Festival.

Further information about AONTAS is available at


  1. About AONTAS

AONTAS is the National Adult Learning Organisation, a membership organisation which represents approximately 500 providers of adult and community education, along with tutors, researchers and individual adult learners.  AONTAS provides information to adults returning to education, advocates on behalf of adult learners and promotes the benefits of adult learning.


  1. About The Adult Learners’ Festival

The Adult Learners is a nationwide celebration of adult learning coordinated by AONTAS. Over the past decade, the Festival has become a firm fixture on the adult learning calendar with events taking place nationwide, including information sessions, taster workshops, sample lectures to small gatherings of people who love to learn.


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