COVID-19 Closure

We have made the decision to suspend all DSL activities for the foreseeable future.
  • 2020:
  • To all who donated
  • Thanks to the UL Students & people of Limerick who volunteered with our Dunnes Stores bag pack day in November for Down syndrome Ireland. To Dunnes Stores in the Jetland SC & on Childers Road for allowing us fundraise.
  • To the Crescent Shopping Centre & the Jetland Shopping Centre for facilitating our Carol Singing in December & again thank you to the people of Limerick for supporting us.
  • Special thanks to the choir from Scoil Mhathair De Abbeyfeale & Jackie & Eddie Carey who joined in with our Carol Singing
  • To all those who sold and bought our Fab 2020 DSL Calendar & Christmas cards – Thank You (Delish Café Castletroy, Castletroy Park Hotel, Talking Leaves Bookshop Castletroy, Radisson Hotel Limerick, Urban Co-Op Limerick, our own members and supporters).
  • To Dublin Coach for their donation of €500.
  • To NanoDiamond Products DAC in Shannon who raised €700 doing “Operation BiRow”.

Weekly News Digest - Down Syndrome Ireland

Dear Member,
We hope you enjoy this DSI Digest - a short, regular round-up of news from the DSI Team.

As always, we welcome your feedback. 

Update on Summer Provision 2020

We need your help!
Please contact the Minister and your local TD demanding change today

Deirdre Saul, Interim CEO; and Fidelma Brady, Head of Education, participated in a consultation on summer (July) provision with officials from the Department of Education & Skills and representatives from a number other organisations on Thursday June 4th. The general theme underpinning the Summer Provision model currently being considered by the Department of Education & Skills appears to be preparation of children with SEN to return to school. However, any possibility that the model would apply only to children attending special schools or special classes; or to those children with very complex needs, is extremely worrying.

All children with Down syndrome have complex learning needs and adopting the model proposed currently would exclude and discriminate against the vast majority of those children attending mainstream schools. They have been out of the school environment since March 12th, and the importance of providing them with a summer programme to facilitate their return to school in September cannot be stressed enough. Without this facility, children will be denied the opportunity to reconnect with the school and reacquaint themselves with school routines, school personnel and learning processes. In its current form, the proposed model falls very far short of what is required and is completely unacceptable for children with Down syndrome.

The model needs to be reviewed and reconsidered as a matter of urgency, before any final decisions are taken over the coming days. Down Syndrome Ireland has made strong representations to the Department of Education & Skills and has indicated that this proposal is discriminatory and will be challenged. It goes against our previous attempts and efforts to have all children with Down syndrome included in the scheme. We have contacted the Minister, Mr Joe McHugh TD, to demand that the scheme includes all children with Down syndrome.

We need YOUR help!

Together our voices are stronger, we ask our members to contact the Minister and their local TDs today! 
You can reach The Minister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and at We also suggest that members contact their own TD’s over the coming days and seek their support in having the proposed model reviewed and restructured - this useful web tool will help you find your local TD.

We will all update members as any new information from the Department of Education & Skills becomes available.


Mind, Body & Spirit with Luis

Here is Kildare member Luis (16), demonstrating his new home workout routine which was inspired by a virtual keep fit challenge set up by his school Salesian College Celbridge recently.

Luis loves to keep fit, he really enjoys running, cycling and trains most days with his two older brothers Darragh and Ross.

But due to lockdown restrictions he has had to reduce his outdoor activities - the challenge set up by his school has however motivated this amazing young man to find new and fun ways to keep fit at home.

Chin up Luis, you legend!

Check out the video of Luis over on our Facebook page!


Will you Dance4DSI on June 21st?

As our annual HB Fundays campaign is sadly not happening this Summer due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we are in urgent need of funds to continue and improve upon our growing online support and services for children and adults with Down syndrome and their families throughout Ireland.

We are currently busy planning our exciting new Dance4DSI fundraiser which will be happening on Sunday, June 21st. Full details will be available over the coming weeks on and across our social media channels so keep an eye on them!

#Dance4DSI  #ShareTheJourney

Zoom Party with Rainbow Phil

Our good friend Rainbow Phil, who has been working with families of our Dublin branch for the last few years, is hosting a Zoom Party exclusively for DSI members on Thursday 11th June at 11 am!
You can get an idea of what to expect by checking out ‘The Rainbow Phil Show’ which is Live on his Facebook page every morning at 10 am, it’s great fun for kids aged 4+ and for grown-ups of all ages.

If you would like to join the Zoom Party on Thursday, please contact Rainbow Phil via his Facebook page or by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) – You can also request to join the private Facebook group.
Although there is no charge for the Zoom Party, we would like to encourage you to donate the price of a coffee to Phil for his time and to say thank you.

Early Years Zoom Classes

Our Early Years Specialist Olive Buckeridge is running weekly zoom groups through our branch network for parents and toddlers with Down syndrome. They are approximately 25 – 30 minutes long and are lots of fun, with singing, signing, and practicing words! Here is Olive with our Dublin branches'  Baldoyle Baby and Toddler group. Parents tell us they get a lot out of Olive’s sessions and that they really enjoy them and are also learning loads, which you can watch here!  

If you would like Olive to provide a zoom activity session for your branch please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please take Inclusion Ireland’s survey on day services - have your say

Because of Covid 19, many services and supports for people with disabilities have been closed or cut back. We know from our helpline 0818 559891 that this has caused serious difficulties for some people with disabilities and their families.

People with intellectual disabilities may complete an easy-to-read survey here 

Family members and supporters of people with an intellectual disability may complete the survey here  
Our dedicated COVID19 resource section is designed to support our members and their families during the current pandemic.

Visit the page here to keep up to date on the current news and latest supports...  

Meet A Powerful Fundraiser

Meet the wonderful Kerry branch member - Jessica Power of Ballaugh, Abeyfeale, Co.Limerick.

Jess recently completed our 21 Day Challenge by walking an impressive 100Km around her neighborhood in Ballaugh over 21 consecutive days. She really enjoyed the challenge which helped to improve her fitness during the current lockdown. She also raised an absolutely amazing €2,005 for Down syndrome Ireland in the process - well done Jess, you're our star fundraiser! 

On Jessica's behalf, we'd like to say a huge thank you to all her supporters and sponsors for being so very generous -  If you'd like to take on your own 21 Day Challenge, you can find out more here!

Update To Adult Resources

Our adult resource pages are full of fun and interesting ways to keep active with reading, writing, exercise and staving off boredom - we've updated each section with new content which we hope you enjoy while at home staying safe

Trip Around Tip

Our Tipperary Branch has been releasing a wonderful series of videos called 'Down Syndrome Trip Round Tipp' - this virtual tour of the county showcases some of the activities our Tipperary members have been up to during lockdown.

You can catch up on all the fun over on the Tipperary Branch Facebook page here! 


Canada Life Donation

Canada Life has donated almost €3,000 which was used to purchase resources from Thinking Toys, Killaloe, Co. Clare. These resources will be provided to some of the parent and toddler groups that are running nationwide.

We look forward to providing these resources to the groups in the coming months - many thanks to Canada Life and Thinking Toys!

Really Grand Events

We had such a good time at the virtual kid's show which Really Grand Events hosted exclusively for DSI members last Friday - there was lots of fun and laughter in the air from all the children who joined us! Thank you so much to the wonderful team for hosting such a fab party for us – we really enjoyed it!

They have kindly said they would host more events for our members to brighten up their Friday mornings – the next virtual kids part will take place next Friday, June 12th at 11 am.

You can register here in advance and you will get a reminder link 24 hours in advance.

If you need any help or have any questions please get in touch with Really Grand Events at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to seeing you there!

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