Employment Support Specialist with our Louth Meath Branch

We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and highly-motivated individual to join our team as an Employment Support Specialist and to play a central role in helping our adult members with Down syndrome achieve and sustain work placement/paid employment.

Find out more about the role and how to apply here: http://bit.ly/2ME7ZEh

Closing date: 17/8/22


Céilí Night


Céilí Night

Saturday, 3rd September

Down Syndrome Louth/Meath Branch is holding a Céilí Night

 Causey Farm

for our older Teenagers & Adults.


Music By Eimear & Friends


Food: Chip Van on Site

RSVP For numbers Please Text Liz on 087 1333760

 Causey Farm

Girley, Fordstown, Navan Co. Meath, C15 P83R

Family Fun Day & BBQ


Family Fun Day & BBQ

Newgrange Farm

 Sunday 4th September 2022

Down Syndrome Louth/Meath Branch is holding a Family Fun Day & BBQ in Newgrange Farm, Slane, on Sunday the 4th Sept.

BBQ from 2pm-4pm approx. BBQ is free and is paid for by the Louth/Meath Branch.

The cost of entry for adults & children (who identify themselves as being with DSILMB) is €6 each.

Book online at newgrangefarm.com – in the special needs section on the bookings portal.

All Members of all ages Welcome

Coffee Morning Get Together

Sunday 14th August, Ark play centre in Pudding Hill

We would like to invite you to our August monthly coffee morning.

The goal of these monthly meetings is to create an opportunity for parents and their children to meet up regularly in a fun environment.

The August coffee morning will be held at Ark play centre in Pudding Hill Moorepark, Puddenhill, Co. Meath, A42 Y046 on Sunday 14th August from 10 am to 12:30 pm.

(Coffee and tea are available for purchase at the venue)

The prices are €5 and free for parents.We look forward to meeting you 😊

Insil & Avril

Dunderry Fair Thank You

A big thank you to the Dunderry Fair, the Dunderry Fair organising Committee and all who helped out at the Dunderry Fair who presented the Branch with a cheque for €2000.00.

In the photo, the Chairman of the Dunderry Fair Johnny Keely is presenting our Chairman Paul Radford a cheque for €2,000.00.

A great night was had in Geraghty’s on the 22nd of July as Dunderry Fair distributed cheques from a very successful Fair 2022 to local charities and deserving causes.


Congratulations to the wonderful students from our Athboy class who graduated recently.

Aimee, Ann-Marie, Cara, Cathal, Deirdre, Dualta, Eileen, Eleanor, Emily,Fintan, Joan, Liam, Katie, Michelle, Monica, Teresa and Tomás graduated from a mixof four courses – Latch-On Literacy and Technology, MOTE My Opinion My Vote,Work Skills and Personal Development.

Athboy Graduation Class 2022

They were joined by proud families, friends, teachers and DSI branch and national representatives for a lovely celebration ceremony in the Darnley Lodge Hotel, Athboy.

The Athboy class started out in September 2016 with 10 students for a two-year Latch-On programme. After an enjoyable and worthwhile two years, and with 8 morestudents joining, the class continued to work through DSI’s adult education modules.With the programme extended due to Covid, all modules were completed in March2022.

The Louth Meath branch was delighted to have such a fantastic group of students. We look forward to seeing them move on, building on the skills and friendships that havebeen developed over the six years of the programme.

Funding Scheme for 2022

The members of the Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch have agreed at the Branch AGM held on 18th May 2022, to provide a funding scheme for branch members to help cover the cost of therapies, and sports / recreational activities in 2022 that will be of benefit to our members with Down syndrome.
Please find attached the application form for the Funding Scheme for 2022 and also a copy of the Terms and Conditions of the Funding Scheme.  


Members should submit completed application forms, accompanied by receipts and details of fundraising undertaken or details of committee duties carried out or details where you volunteered at Branch activities & events during the year to the Branch Administrator Brendan Stephenson before the end of January 2023 for therapies/activities that took place the previous year (ex. activities/therapies that took place in 2022, the application should be made between 1st January. – 31st January 2023.) 
The Treasurer (who is a volunteer) will endeavour to process applications before the end of February. (Applications submitted after 31st January will be processed the following year)

Please send forms to:

Brendan Stephenson
9 Ashdale,
Wheaton Hall,
Co. Louth
A92 KDK8

Details of the Funding Scheme can be found on our Website https://dsilmb.ie/more/funding-scheme/

Pound the Pavements 2022

Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch in association with Indaver and LMFM is holding a Fundraising Event called Pound the Pavements to raise vital funds for the Branch.

How to Register

Register for the event here on myrunresults on this link https://www.myrunresults.com/events/pound_the_pavements_for_down_syndrome_louth___meath_branch/4095/details

There is an option to donate further or to set up an iDonate page for the event to raise funds for the Branch.

When you register, there is also the chance to purchase optional merchandise for the event.

We are asking friends, family and members of the local communities across Louth and Meath to join us in our virtual summer event – Pound the Pavements – to help raise much needed funds for DSI’s Louth Meath Branch.

When is this happening?

Over 21 days from 1st – 21st (inclusive) June 2022

Who can take part?

We are inviting all family, friends – at home and overseas – as well as members of our local communities across Louth and Meath to take part in this virtual event.

Dress up in purple and green and help us create a sea of walkers and runners across every town, village and road in Louth and Meath to Pound the Pavements over 21 km for the local Louth Meath Branch.

How can you take part?

This is a virtual event. Walk or run – you decide. The activity and pace for this event is entirely up to you. The goal is simply to have fun and reach 21km over 21 days. How you do it is up to you!!

Why 21km over 3 weeks?

Typically, a baby is born with 46 chromosomes. Babies with Down syndrome have an extra copy of one of these chromosomes, chromosome 21, hence the 21km.  Babies with Down Syndrome are born with 3 copies of chromosome 21 (rather than the usual two), hence the 3 weeks/ 21 days!

Cost of the event?

€10 for an individual

€20 for a family

There will also be an option to donate further when you register or an option to set up an iDonate page to raise funds.

We would love to hear about your progress.  Join us on our virtual challenge social media groups, connect with fellow participants, share your photos and stories on how you are progressing.

More about our branch:

Down Syndrome Ireland LouthMeath Branch provides support and information to over 350 families with a family member with Down syndrome in the counties of Louth & Meath. Down Syndrome Ireland LouthMeath Branch is run on a voluntary basis by parents of children with Down syndrome with the aid of a part time Administrator. DS Louth / Meath believes in supporting families to ensure the best quality of life possible for our members with Down syndrome. We work together, united in our aim to achieve respect, acceptance and equality within society for our members with Down syndrome.

The cost of running the Branch and managing the educational programmes, clubs and funding schemes per annum is in excess of €150,000, the vast majority of which is raised by parents of children with Down syndrome. 100% of funds raised directly benefit our members with Down syndrome. Without the generosity of the people of the Counties Louth and Meath these vital Programmes would have to be curtailed.

Please ensure that you comply fully with public health guidelines for the duration of this event.