Committee Meeting

Our next Committee Meeting will be held on Monday 15th February 2020 @ 8pm on Zoom.
Details will be sent out to the Committee by email.



We have organising a Virtual Valentines Disco Party for our Adult and Teenage Members.

When: Sunday 14 February 2021
Time: 6 – 8PM
Where : Zoom Platform

The Party will be Hosted By Shay Casserley & Linda Farrell who will be assisted by Philip Connolly & Stephen Farrell.

Online Sibshop Workshops

We are looking for expressions of interest for 2 Sibling Workshops. If we do not get enough interest for the Sibshops, we cannot go ahead.
The Sibshops will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
The proposed dates for the Sibshops are:
Saturday 13th February   16:00  -17.30
Sunday   14th February   16:00 – 17.30

  • Maximum number of children to attend a workshop is 8
  • Duration of Sibshop Workshop is 1½ hours.
  • Children attending must strictly be between the ages of 8 – 12 years (inclusive)
  • DSILMB will send an email address to Sibshop Ireland and the Zoom link will be sent to that email address by Sibshop Ireland
  • Prior to the Sibshop Workshop parents will receive safeguarding statement for on-line workshop by email
Please email Brendan on to register with the following details:
Siblings Name:
Members Name:
Parents Name:
Email Address:
Contact Phone Number:

Fun With Numbers

Fun with Numbers is a fun way of working with numbers through games and creative learning aids. It is a light-hearted way of learning basic number skills like counting, adding, and subtraction, incorporating concepts of division and multiplication. Fun with Numbers presents opportunities for using life skills like following a recipe using measurements and time, along with planning journeys and using money.

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We have set up the following age groupings however if your child’s age falls outside these categories we will still try to accommodate, it’s not too late to get in touch. 

There are 2 sessions per week on Mondays and Thursdays.

The times of the sessions are as follows:

Junior Group Ages  8-11. 2pm Mondays
Senior Group Ages 12 and up. 4pm Thursdays

The thought is that Deirdre will target older children on a Thursday and younger children on a Monday, however all children are welcome to participate in either or both sessions each week if you think the content is suitable.

Down Syndrome Louth Meath will cover the cost of the sessions, so there will be no cost to parents for those four weeks. We will review at the end of 4 weeks and will welcome your feedback.

The students will need some materials ahead of the sessions, but Deirdre will let you know ahead of time what will  be needed – it will all be inexpensive stuff that you may already have or can recycle around the house or will be able to get in the likes of Dealz. Deirdre will  also send links for printable materials, should any member not have access to a printer please contact us immediately when Deirdre posts links to printables  and we can arrange to have them posted to you.

We have set up a WhatsApp group for the groups, so that Deirdre can fill you in on what materials are needed and send you the Zoom ID and password.  Deirdre posts a video each week explaining about materials required.

Please contact Brendan on if you would like your child to take part with the following details.

Child Name:

Parents name:

Telephone number for WhatsApp Group:Child’s age:

Email Address:

  • If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.  

Episode 6 of ‘Songs In The Quay Of Life with SJ McArdle

On Wednesday 27th January at 8pm the Spirit Store premiere Episode 6 of ‘Songs In The Quay Of Life’, with SJ McArdle on our youtube channel,

This truly special performance features Carol Keogh, Brendan McCreanor & Barry Kieran and Trevor Hutchinson.
Stephen’s chosen charity is DownSyndrome LouthMeath.
Any donations will be greatly received at iDonate link:…
Once again we would like to thank the help we recieved from the Live Venue Collective and all the support from Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Catherine Martin T.D.
‘SJ McArdle presents songs from his song cycle Port and forthcoming album with a stellar cast of musicians including Carol Keogh (Plague Monkeys, Autamata), brendan McCreanor and Barry Kieran (Kern) and Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys, Lúnasa).

The songs draw on the stories and characters of Drogheda’s ancient Port and were written and researched during SJ’s tenure as Artist In Association at Droichead Arts Centre. These stories of shipwrecks, sea captains, dockworkers, prostitutes and customs officers are brought vividly to life by SJ and Carol Keogh (who Tony Clayton-Lea has called “one of the most unfairly overlooked vocalists of her generation”) with a supporting cast which includes uilleann piper Brendan McCreanor and fiddler Barry Kieran (both from Louth folk heroes Kern) as well as Lúnasa and Waterboys double bass player Trevor Hutchinson, who has also produced the album.’

Committee Meeting

Our next Committee Meeting will be held on Monday 7th December 2020 @ 8pm on Zoom.

Committee Meeting

Our next Committee Meeting and first meeting of the new Committee will be held on Monday 9th November @ 8pm on Zoom.
We would encourage new members to attend.
if you are interested in joining the Committee or attending the meeting please email Brendan

Next Committee Meeting

Branch Committee Meeting
Our next Branch Committee is on Monday 12th October 2020 on Zoom at 8pm.
If you would like to get involved in the Branch or like to participate in the meeting please email Brendan for a copy of meeting Login details.

Early Intervention Home Teacher Programme

The Branch Early Intervention Home Teacher Programme has restarted after the Pandemic lockdown.

The Branch has developed a new Covid-19 Policy, Risk Assessment as well as Protocols for our Tutors and Families so that we could reopen safely.The relevant Protocols have been sent to our relevant families.

People with Down syndrome may be particularly vulnerable to complications of Covid-19 because of underlying conditions so we ask you to read through the protocols thoroughly and reflect on whether you are comfortable to continue with the service at this time.

We have made every effort to put the appropriate protections in place to ensure the safety of families and the EI Home Tutors. If you have any concerns or queries regarding the resumption of the EI Programme, or the policy & protocols, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to go through the details with you.

If you decide that you are not comfortable to go ahead with the home visits just yet, please contact us and let us know.

We understand that you may wish to temporarily suspend the visits for the moment and please be assured there is no penalty for doing this.

For families who decide to resume the home visits, we will be asking you to complete and sign the Resumption of Early Intervention Programme form confirming that you are happy to resume home visits and that you agree to abide by the protocol as outlined.

We have also developed a Personal Assessment Declaration Form to assist with contact tracing and this form must be completed before each home visit. The link to the form will be sent to you before your first visit to fill out online and you will simply repeat this exercise before each fortnightly visit.

We are closely following the latest reports in the media from NPHET & the Government and if there is any change, we will advise our families accordingly.

A big Thank You to our EI Home Teacher Coordinators Andrea McArdle, Ann Fallon and also Rebecca Smyth who worked very hard to get the service open again.