Online Adult Learning Opportunities for Summer 2021

Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch in conjunction with the LMETB are offering online Art & Crafts Classes and online Cookery Classes to our Adult members.

Art & Craft Classes start  AUG 4/5TH and the Cookery Classes will be starting soon.  

To book places, please contact: Mike Egan or 085 8618866.



The First Big Step – Transition to Primary School conferences will benefit both parents, teachers, SNA’s and other professionals from the knowledge and expertise of the individual presenters and topics covered. As an attendee, you will gain an insight into the learning profile of a young child with Down syndrome and practical strategies to support them in the classroom environment.

We welcome all people who are part of the team supporting the student with Down syndrome, including parents, teachers, SNAs and other professionals

Topics to be covered at the conference may include:

▪️The Process of Transitioning to Primary School
▪️Choosing a school
▪️Additional supports
▪️Facilitating the transition to Primary School
▪️Early Primary Literacy
▪️Early Primary Numeracy
▪️Guest speakers will also present at the conferences from the following disciplines audiology, psychology and occupational therapy.

This conference will be held in a number of different locations over the coming months, our final dates are:

▪️February 8th: Down Syndrome Ireland, Ballymount, Dublin.
▪️February 28th: Great National Hotel, Ballina, Co.Mayo.
▪️March 14th: Clayton Silversprings Hotel, Cork.

Registration is at 9:30 am with the conference starting at 10 am – 4 pm.

To book your tickets, please visit our website here:

For further details please contact our Early Years Specialist – Olive Buckeridge by email at

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Christmas Party Invite

We have sent out our invitations for the Branch Christmas Parties by email. Enclosed were:

1.     Invitation to the Children’s Christmas Party (for 0 – 12 year olds) on Sunday, 15th December 2019RSVP by Saturday 7th December, and the invitation to the Christmas Party for Teenagers/Adults on Saturday 14th December 2018RSVP by Monday 9th December.  Members families of young teenagers can choose which is the most appropriate party for their teenager

2.     Membership Renewal Form 2020.  The membership fee this year is €20. Membership for children under 2 years of age is free.  Please ensure that you return the attached form with your membership, so that we have up to date information for all our families.  Families availing of any service or activity are required to have current membership.

The Louth Meath Branch send regular emails, at least 2 each month, so if you do not receive these emails please contact the secretary to update your contact details. 

Down Syndrome Ireland Christmas Cards are available from Committee Members and will also be available at the Branch Christmas Parties.

We wish to thank all committee members, officers and everyone who organised events or activities for the branch during the year – these are parents of people with Down Syndrome who give of their time, on a voluntary basis to improve the lives of people with Down Syndrome in counties Louth and Meath area


Down Syndrome Ireland are looking for a young adult with Down Syndrome who is over 18 years and a Meath GAA fan to attend and work on a voluntary basis in Croke Park on Sunday 21st July 2019. This is an opportunity to showcase the ability of people with Down syndrome.

The person with Down Syndrome will need to be able to deal with big crowds and not get overwhelmed or nervous when working in the grounds of Croke Park at the match on Sun 21st July. They will be there all day with the grounds man. They will be standing a lot but will of course get rests and staff members from DSI will be there to look after them.

There will be one person with Down Syndrome from each county represented on the day, Donegal, Kerry, Meath and Mayo.

Each person with Down Syndrome will be able to bring 1 Guardian as Down Syndrome Ireland have been allocated a limited amount of seats.

If you are interested and would like to volunteer please reply back directly to email The position will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

If you need more information before you commit, please contact Kathleen Fitzsimons in DSI on or phone 01 5632456.


TREDAGH SINGERS SUMMER CONCERT on Friday 31st May at 8 pm  in the Augustinian Church, Shop Street, Drogheda.


This is the fourth year that the Tredagh Singers have very kindly  donated ALL the proceeds of their Summer Concert to our branch.  In return they would like to see as many people there as possible, so even if you can’t make it, is there any member of your family or a friend who would like to come?  It is always a lovely evening and this year they have the Celtic Choir Berlin visiting and they specialise in traditional songs from Ireland and the United Kingdom. There will also be a raffle on the night with some very good prizes.  As we all know the branch is in urgent need of funds, so any support you can give us would be really great.  With many thanks in advance and best wishes.


Tickets are on sale at the door on the night, in the Augustinian Church Shop and in Sage & Stone in Duleek or from me, Clare, on 087 6383477 or

Reminder: Information Evening

On Thursday evening next, the Louth Meath branch are delighted to welcome Eileen Dunne from the Cavan branch to the information evening on our new Regional Advisory Council initiative. Eileen is the current Chairperson of the National Advisory Council(NAC) in DSI and will speak about her own experience of being involved in the NAC and how it works.

The Information Evening takes place on Thursday next, May 30th, at 7.30pm in the Conyngham Arms, Slane and all are welcome

Golf Classic Greenore Golf Club Friday 31st May 2019

One of our members Darren Kirwan is organising a Golf Classic in aid of our Branch in Greenore Golf Club Friday 31st May 2019.

Are you a Golfer and want a great day out come and join us.

Friday 31st May 2019 Greenore Golf Club

€200 per team of 4 includes meal

Presentation afterwards in the Club House

Music by Leah & Cian

Raffle on night for various prizes

To Book a Tee Time or sponsor the event Contact
Darren 086 8282941 or
Ciaran 087 6772827

Annual General Meeting Monday April 29th Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Louth Meath Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland will be held Next Monday, April 29th, 2019 at 8.00pm in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, Co Louth.

Louth/Meath Branch Sponsorship Cards and Branch T Shirts will be available at the AGM for those of you who are kindly doing the Women’s Mini Marathon to raise funds for our Branch.

Gary Owens DSI’s Chief Executive Officer will address the meeting where he will outline what is going on in DSI and you will get a chance to meet Gary and ask any questions that you have.

Mike Egan our Regional Resource Officer will also address our meeting to update our members about his role.

All are Welcome.


Reminder: Wednesday 3rd April @ 7pm.

Hi All

Aoife Gaffney, National Employment & Projects Officer and Rosalind Walsh, Adult Education Officer from Head Office are visiting the Branch.

They will visit on Wednesday 3rd April @ 7pm in the Conyngham Arms Hotel Slane to give a talk to interested members.  They will present on the entire Ability Programme (Latch On, MOTE, Work Skills) and talk in more detail then about Work Skills and employment links.



Down Syndrome Ireland’s Ability programme was launched in September 2018 and is aimed at providing further education and preparation for employment for our over 18s. The programme has been developed in conjunction with Accenture, a global management consultancy firm and with the support of funding from Pobal.

In its complete format, the programme runs for 4 days per week from September to June for 2 years with modules in Practical Literacy and Technology; Decision Making, Rights and Responsibilities; Work Skills and preparation for employment.

Louth/Meath branch will run and subsidise the programme from September 2019 if there is sufficient interest. Location will depend on the level of interest. It is an option to run just parts of the programme and this may suit members who have already completed Latch on and Mote programmes who would prefer to do the only Work Skills module. Again, it will depend on demand.

Planning for a class in September 2019 must begin NOW. If you are interested in any way or would like more details, please contact;

Geraldine Regan, 087 8157542, or

Audrey O’Dowd, 086 0537177,

Expression of interest is not a commitment to enrolling in the programme.

Further details in the attached flyer and also in the current Down Syndrome Ireland magazine.

Adult Education & Employment Scheme 2018 3 (1)

Branch AGM 2019

The Branch AGM will take place in Dundalk on 29th April 2019 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk at 8pm.

Gary Owens DSI’s Chief Executive Officer will address the meeting where he will outline what is going on in DSI and you will get a chance to meet Gary and ask any questions that you have.

Mike Egan our Regional Resource Officer will also address our meeting to update our members about his role.