• 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. 

DSI, Arthritis Ireland and iCAN discuss raising awareness on inflammatory arthritis in children with Down syndrome

Down Syndrome Associated Arthritis (DA) affects one in 50 children with Down syndrome according to research undertaken by clinicians at the National Centre for Paediatric Rheumatology (NCPR), CHI Crumlin in partnership with UCD School of Medicine and the National Children’s Research Centre. The research was funded in part by Down Syndrome Ireland and Arthritis Ireland through the UCD Newman Fellowship programme.

The three organisations came together following another productive meeting with parents and advocates led by parent Aisling McNiffe at DSI’s national office in Ballymount on strategies to raise awareness about Down Syndrome Associated Arthritis (DA). We would like to thank the parents for taking the time to attend and meet with us.

Continue reading this article here...


A Wonderful Time At The First DSI Jingle and Mingle

Our thanks to all of the guests that helped make the first-ever, Jingle and Mingle Christmas Party event so very special. The bespoke Christmas lunch was hosted by the fantastic Today FM’s Matt Cooper, who entertained us with engaging interviews.

We’d like to thank our amazing special guest interviewees: Irish singer, songwriter, and actress Mary Doyle Kennedy for her perspective as a parent of a young adult with Down syndrome on employment. Former Premier League and World Cup soccer forward Niall Quinn, Dublin GAA 4 time All Ireland footballer Paul Mannion and Dublin GAA Manager Jim Gavin for coming along and giving some insightful views on Irish sport.

Giving us an insight into their working lives, where the wonderful Niamh Flannery, Eoin McHugh, and Ross O’Neill – Thank you to each of these amazing young adults for speaking about why inclusion in the workplace is so important to them.

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Kildare branch opens new horticultural project

Congratulations to our Kildare branch, they recently opened An Garraí Beag which is a new horticultural initiative for Kildare members to participate part in. The development is in response to a lack of opportunities for adults with Down syndrome to progress with further training and education.

The aim of the project is to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which adults can acquire new skills in horticulture.

Read more about the event here...


Starting My New Job

Thank you to Gwen Delaney for sharing this wonderful photo of her daughter Sheera at her new job at the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links.

Sheera is incredibly excited to be working at the hotel, meeting and greeting guests along with supporting her colleagues with day to day tasks. She applied for the role we had advertised over social media as part of our Ability Programme, which you can find out more about here...

Congratulations to Sheera on her new role - we wish her every success!


Second Action Plan of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for Persons with Disabilities Published

To mark today’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath T.D. has published the Second Action Plan of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy.

The Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities 2015 – 2024 sets out a ten-year approach to ensuring that people with disabilities who are able to, and want to work, are supported and enabled to do so.  The Comprehensive Employment Strategy Implementation Group, which monitors the implementation of the Strategy, has an independent chair, Mr. Fergus Finlay, and is co-ordinated by the Department of Justice and Equality.

Read more about the action plan here...


Christmas Jumper Day For DSI

Get in the Christmas spirit and raise vital funds for Down Syndrome Ireland in the lead up to Christmas! All you have to do is choose a day where you and your colleagues wear your most festive Christmas jumpers to work and make a donation that will support children and adults with Down syndrome.

Here’s how it works:

  • Arrange a date in December with your staff/colleagues.
  • Register your interest by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01-4266500.
  • Wear your Christmas jumper to work and make a donation.
  • Lodge the funds on our site here...
  • Post your fun photos on social media and tag @DownSyndromeIRL so we can share
Here are work skill students, teachers and support staff from Down Syndrome Cork's Field of Dreams in the English Markets after their filming with RTÉ Nationwide for an upcoming programme that they will be featured in - The Nationwide programme will air on Wednesday the 18th of December.

Tour de Munster 2019 raises €316,254.86 for Munster Branches.

Tour de Munster has enjoyed another incredibly successful year with the 2019 charity cycle raising a phenomenal €316,254.86 for our Munster branches and individual beneficiaries. Since the tour began in 2001, over €3.1 Million has been raised for charity with over €2.6 million raised for the Munster branches.

The amount raised was announced and presented at the annual celebratory event, hosted in the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs on Saturday, November 30th. The event was attended by cyclists, their families, and DSI branch members, who came together to celebrate the wonderful achievements of participants and supporters and to recognise the positive impact the funds raised will have on those who avail of DSI services and supports.

Read more about the event here...


Lucy Moran - Carlow Career of The Year 2019

Congratulations to Lucy Moran, treasurer of our Carlow branch for winning the Netwatch Co. Carlow Carer of the Year 2019. The aim of the award is to shine a light on over 355,000 plus family carers in Ireland, who provide in-home care to loved ones.

The busy mother of three from Ballyloughan, Bagenalstown has three beautiful children Sheona (12), Joey (11) and Corey (7) - Lucy was awarded Carlow Carer of the year for her tireless work supporting her two boys, who both have additional needs.

Lucy’s eldest son Joey has Down syndrome and Corey the youngest of the three has autism, both boys are nonverbal. Taking her sons to their many medical appointments, running a busy home/ business with her husband Kevin and working around the many different challenges that Joey and Corey face are all part of Lucy’s hectic life.

Helping others is part of Lucy’s nature, seeking the best support and care for her sons and those in our Carlow branch is something she strives for.

Thank you, Lucy, for all of your amazing work and effort, you truly deserve your time to shine!

Here is the beautiful cover of the latest issue of the Down Syndrome Ireland Winter 2019 magazine, expect your copy to arrive just in time for Christmas. 

Beauty in All its Forms 2020

We have some exciting news. Our 5th cycle of Beauty in all its Forms, Hairdressing Assistant Programme in partnership with Alfaparf Milano has now been confirmed to kick off in January 2020. 

We are looking for applications (both male and female) in each of the following areas:

  • Newbridge (County Kildare)
  • Mountmellick (County Laois)
  • Mullingar (County Westmeath)
  • Wicklow (County Wicklow)

Training will commence on Thursday the 30th of January and will take place every other Thursday in the Alfaparf Milano Academy in Kilmainham for an 11 week period.  Placements will then begin every Thursday for 10 weeks in selected salons in the areas mentioned above.

For more information on how to apply, please visit our site here...


Last Week To Get DSI Christmas Cards

A fantastic selection of festive and fun cards that are sure to make your Christmas even more meaningful are still available to order from our online shop.
Down Syndrome Ireland charity Christmas cards (excluding Members packs) are available to purchase from Eason’s stores and selected retailers nationwide.  You can also purchase our cards in all of our 6 charity shops in Dublin.
Get your cards today  - The last day for online orders is Friday the 13th of December 2019!
Spread some Christmas joy all while supporting a great cause.
Massive congrats to Down Syndrome Galway & Voices for Down Syndrome Galway for being honoured at the Pride of Place Galway Awards last week. Down Syndrome Galway & Voices for Down Syndrome Galway is the Speech and Language Therapy side of our Galway branch. Massive congratulations to everyone involved in this fantastic project, which provides vital speech and language therapy to over 100 people with Down syndrome in the county.

Last modified on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:46

Speech and Language Tips

Play a game such as 'Simon Says', taking turns to follow and give instructions. This is a way of promoting both listening and expressive language (at an appropriate level) while having some fun with action.

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