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.


‘Please don’t Leave us Behind’ education campaign launched at Leinster House

Children with Down syndrome being ‘actively discriminated against’  

Students with Down syndrome are being denied their right to an effective education due to a lack of resources and training for teachers.

Down Syndrome Ireland is calling on the Government to adequately resource and roll out a national training programme for teachers in mainstream schools.

Read our Press Release here

Parents and children with Down syndrome spoke at a briefing in Leinster House in front of TDs and Senators hosted by Fianna Fail TD Niamh Smyth and Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asking ‘Please don’t leave us behind’ in the charity’s campaign to ensure full inclusion in our nation’s classrooms.

The call came after Teachers’ Unions the ASTI and TUI advised their members to stop implementing individualised education plans for students with additional needs, such as those with Down syndrome, due to a lack of funding and adequate training provided to their members.

Exciting Job Opportunities – Carlingford Adventure Centre

**Exciting Job Opportunities**


As part of the DSI Employment Support programme, we are looking for TWO adults with Down syndrome for upcoming work in Carlingford Adventure Centre.

The work will begin in March, but full training will be provided before beginning work.

Possible Duties/Job Roles available include:

-Catering Assistant

-Hospitality & housekeeping

-Admin assistant (working in reception)

-Assisting Instructors on centre activities e.g Laser Tag/pay & play

The team at Carlingford Adventure Centre are really excited to welcome 2 adults with Down syndrome onto their team.

Days & hours are fully flexible to suit the individual (Adventure Centre opens 7 days per week).

Please click on the link to see more about Carlingford Adventure Centre:

If you are interested, please email your CV to Aoife Gaffney, National Employment Officer, DSI on & cc Mike Egan, Regional Resource Officer, DSI Louth/Meath Branch, on .  Please contact Aoife(089.7036209) or Mike(085.8618866) if you have any questions.


We look forward to hearing from you!



We had 2 fabulous parties on Sunday 9th December 2018 for our members.

The Children’s party was in the Conyngham Arms Hotel Slane Co Meath and the Teenagers and Adults Party was in The Trim Castle Hotel Co Meath. A big Thank you to both venues as they both pulled out all the stops so that we all had a good time.

There was a great atmosphere and everybody had a good time. Santa brought presents to our younger members and everybody was very happy with their presents. There was a Selfie Mirror at the Teen Adult Party for all our Selfie needs.

A big Thank You to our organisers Nicola Nevin (Children’s), Liz Murray (Teens & Adults) and their teams and all the volunteers on the day who did a fabulous job of organising the parties.





Branch Website Relaunch

Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch has relaunched our Website
We launched it in conjunction with PayPal as part of their 3rd annual Charity Opportunity Hack 2018 which took place on Thursday 1st & 2nd November. The event, which took place at the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin, brought together 30 PayPal teammates to create and develop digital resources and systems for Irish charities over a 28-hour period of which Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch was one.
The Branch has a fabulous new Website where we will be able to keep our members informed about our services, News, Events as well as allowing us to fundraise for the Branch online as well as being able to take payments on line..
We would like to extend a huge thank you to PayPal for including us in their Hackathon as well as to the four Hackers on the day that came from as far afield as France, The Netherlands, Italy and Spain.
Hackers in the Photo are Andrea Cavallini from Italy, Meias Ahmad from The Netherlands, Francois Panassac from France, and Ubaldo Colmenar from Spain.


Congratulations to 5 hardworking students who completed a 2 year Latch On programme in Drogheda run by Down Syndrome Ireland Louth/Meath Branch.

Our graduates were:

Conor Byrne
Jason McGivern
Conor O’Dowd
Leonie Sarsfield
Barry Smith

The graduation celebration for the students was held in the Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda on Thursday 22nd November 2018 with families, friends, teachers and invited guests.

The Latch On Certificates were presented to our Graduates on the night by the Mayor of Drogheda Frank Godfrey.

A big Thank You to our Latch On Coordinators Audrey O’Dowd, Monique McGivern, Clare Leonard and Geraldine Regan.

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