Committee Meeting

Our next Committee Meeting will be held on Monday 14th of June 2021 at 8pm on Zoom

Pound the Pavements


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

Pound the Pavements runs from 10 – 30 June 2021 and the funds raised will go directly towards our vital education programmes provided to our members in the Louth Meath Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland, including our early intervention and adult education programmes.

How to Register

You can register for the Event on myrunresults.

There will also be 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.


What are we doing?

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 10th – 30th (inclusive) June 2021

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.

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Committee Meeting

Our next Committee Meeting is on Monday 19th April 2021 @ 8PM on Zoom.i

Online Adult Learning Opportunities Spring 2021

Online Adult Learning Opportunities Spring 2021 from Louth and Meath Education and Training Board and Down Syndrome Louth Meath Branch.


The Cookery Classes start April 15th 2021.

The Computer Classes are starting soon.

To book places, please contact: Mike Egan by email or Phone 085.8618866.

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.’