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.

DSI AGM 2019

This year’s Conference and AGM is being hosted by our Louth Meath branch and will take place in the beautiful historic town of Trim County Meath on Saturday the 29th in the wonderful setting of the Trim Castle Hotel.

We look forward to seeing a lot of new and familiar faces at this year’s event.

As well as our AGM, we also have lots of workshops taking place throughout the conference on topics that will be of interest to all of our members and their families. We ask that you please book your place in advance so we can accommodate as many members as possible throughout the weekend. Please note that all places and programmes must be booked by June 20th – thank you and see you there!

Purple Run 2019 Registration Now Open

Purple Run 2019

Register here

Down Syndrome Ireland’s Purple Run is a celebration of World Down Syndrome Day and encourages everyone to ‘Run with us, not for us’.

Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 11:00 (Eire)

Furze Road
Phoenix Park, Dublin

Contact person: Athletics Ireland phone: + 353 (0)1 8869933

Event Description:

The event is all inclusive and open to people of all age groups and abilities who can choose to run, walk or push a buggy over the 5km and 1km routes. It’s going to be a fantastic fun event for all the family – we look forward to seeing you there!

Please contact Down Syndrome Ireland on 01 426 6500 or if you have any questions about this year’s Purple Run.

#ShareTheJourney #DSIPurpleRun #WDSD2019 #PersonFirst#RunWithUsNotForUs



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.


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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