AONTAS STAR Awards 2023

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The STAR Awards recognise the very best in adult learning in Ireland. The AONTAS STAR Awards 2023 are celebrating and acknowledging the incredible adult learning initiatives going on across the country, in support of learners.

AONTAS will announce the winners at a special ceremony in Dublin on Friday 10th March – an exciting event to finish the 2023 Adult Learners’ Festival!

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AONTAS STAR Awards 2023

For the 17th AONTAS STAR Awards, AONTAS have five categories for adult learning initiatives that support people with:

The STAR Awards is judged by an independent panel of adult learners, tutors, and other adult learning experts. To reflect the range and high calibre of nominations, we’ll have two awards in the categories of Health and Wellbeing, Learner Voice, and Social Inclusion – one for smaller and one for larger initiatives.

AONTAS have announced 26 shortlisted initiatives.

The Shortlisted Adult Learning Initiatives for 2023 are: 

In Adult Learning initiatives that support Global Citizenship Education

  • St. Vincent’s Centre Stand Up to Climate Change in Dublin
  • Open Hearts Open Minds: Global Citizenship Education in the North East Inner City in Dublin
  • M.Ed. in Education for Sustainability and Global Citizenship in Galway
  • Knit & Natter in Kildare

In Adult Learning initiatives that support Health and Wellbeing

Small or medium category:

  • Poleglass Community Association @ Sally Gardens in Antrim
  • Equine Assisted Learning in Wexford
  • Sailing into Wellness in Cork

Large category:

  • Start360 Engage Women’s Service Recovery Group in Antrim
  • Special Olympics Ireland – Health Promotion Programme in Dublin
  • Arts for Health in Cork

In Adult Learning initiatives that support Learner Voice

Small or medium category:

  • Learning Ambassadors Initiative in Limerick
  • The Liberties Weavers in Dublin
  • Radio Active Radio Play in Dublin

Large category:

  • Shine’s Advocacy programmes in Kildare
  • Benchspace in Cork
  • DAVINA Project in Dublin

In Adult Learning initiatives that support Social Inclusion

Small or medium category:

  • Secret Street Tours in Dublin
  • Polytunnel in Primary Schools Project (PIPS) in Westmeath
  • Digi Money from Advice NI in Antrim

Large category:

  • New Futures Online Employability Programme in Dublin
  • Generation Ireland in Dublin
  • Workability – Providing Transferable Skills for Flexible Employment from An Cosán in Dublin

In Adult Learning initiatives that support Third-level Access & Engagement

  • Whidden Workshops – Its Kushti to Rokker in Kildare
  • Bunclody Traveller Women’s Group in Waterford
  • Back to Education Initiatve, Tramore Road Campus in Cork
  • Cranmore Community Education Mentor Programme in Sligo


Click here to take a look back at the STAR Awards 2022 and see last year’s winners. is Ireland’s largest part-time course finder database, with thousands of part-time courses, evening, morning and weekend classes and adult education courses to choose from. You’ll find your perfect course on

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