€23,000 raised by Energia staff for Down Syndrome Ireland and The Foyle Down Syndrome Trust

Energia, one of Ireland’s leading and most competitive suppliers of electricity and gas, has raised over €23 000 for Down Syndrome Ireland and The Foyle Down Syndrome Trust between April 2017 and March 2018. Energia staff have raised €140,000 for … Continue reading


DSI member Geraldine Fennelly (pictured right) from Waterford spoke with Matt Cooper on ‘The Last Word’ programme on Today FM recently about her son Sean who is 11 and attends a mainstream school in Waterford. Geraldine was joined by Nicola … Continue reading

Down Syndrome Ireland seeks meeting with Minister of Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD to discuss July Provision concerns

Down Syndrome Ireland has been contacted by a growing number of parents in relation to the issue of July Provision for their children. As an organisation representing children and their parents, Down Syndrome Ireland is taking the concerns raised very … Continue reading

DSI welcomes Government’s pilot project to bring specialised therapists into schools and pre-schools

Down Syndrome Ireland welcomes the Government initiative to provide speech and language and occupational therapy support to children in 75 schools and 75 pre-school settings for the 2018/2019 school year. Some 19 speech and language therapists and 12 occupational therapists … Continue reading

Ready, willing and able to work: how adult employment is a priority for Down Syndrome Ireland

We were thrilled to receive coverage in the Irish Times on the issue of Adult Employment, with CEO Gary Owens explaining the importance of this issue for DSI in terms of training, self-development and work experience.  The feature also profiled … Continue reading

Rachel Allen joins DSI and HB Hazelbrook Farm to launch the 2018 HB Fundays Campaign

Who can resist a party? Particularly if it includes some friends sharing a little magic over some delicious HB Hazelbrook Farm ice cream while supporting a very worthy cause! Celebrity chef Rachel Allen was on hand today to bring all … Continue reading

DSI receives great television coverage as we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day 2018

World Down Syndrome Day 2018 was a busy time for us in the media! We received some great TV coverage including an appearance on The Late Late Show for our National Advisory Council, a segment on the 9 O’Clock national … Continue reading

Annual Leitrim Ladies Lunch another big success for 2018!

Every year it’s a hit and 2018 was no different, with over 350 attendees to the fourth Leitrim Ladies Lunch in aid of Leitrim-West Cavan Branch of Down Syndrome this event is clearly going from strength to strength. World Down … Continue reading

Minister Harris launches Public Consultation on Geographical Alignment of Community Healthcare Organisations and Hospital Groups

Minister for Health Simon Harris has today (Thursday, 29th March) launched a Public Consultation on the Geographical Alignment of Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) and Hospital Groups. The consultation, which is part of the implementation of the Sláintecare Report, is seeking … Continue reading

Our National Advisory Council members were guests on RTE 1’s The Late Late Show

On Friday 16th March our National Advisory Council members were invited guests on The Late Late Show with presenter Ryan Tubridy. The group were there to talk about their unique Photography Exhibition ‘Who Am I?’ which is currently running in … Continue reading

DSI launches photography exhibition celebrating adult community for World Down Syndrome Day 2018

Down Syndrome Ireland is celebrating World Down Syndrome Day (Wednesday, March 21) today by launching a unique photography exhibition aimed at challenging perceptions of Down syndrome in society. The exhibition will be launched this evening (Wednesday) in the Powerscourt Centre … Continue reading

Phoenix Park turns Purple once again for World Down Syndrome Day

The Purple Run proudly supported by MACE will be fun for all the family on March 24th Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI), with the support of Today FM’s Matt Cooper and double European Cross Country champion Fionnuala McCormack, are encouraging people … Continue reading

Screening for Down Syndrome Arthritis

We have heard from many of you about your serious concerns regarding musculoskeletal screening for Down’s Arthritis, and the fact that Dr Charlene Foley is due to complete her PhD research under the clinical supervision of Dr Killeen in the coming … Continue reading


We are delighted to announce that we are launching a unique photography exhibition celebrating the diverse interests, skills and aspirations of people with Down syndrome called ‘Who Am I?’ as part of our World Down Syndrome Day celebrations. The exhibition … Continue reading

Camino 4 DSI

Have you ever dreamed of walking the Camino de Santiago? Make 2018 your year to fulfill that dream! This September (23rd – 30th) we are planning, an unforgettable adventure by walking part of the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain … Continue reading


               At long last Spring is in the air! We really hope that you will join us this year for our third annual Purple Run on Saturday, March 24th at 11am in the Phoenix Park. The … Continue reading

Government to ratify the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

The Government will ratify the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD), Minister of State for disability, Finian McGrath, has this week announced. Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability … Continue reading

Additional funding for the Access and Inclusion Model announced

On Friday 12th of January, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone announced additional funding to develop AIM Inclusive Play, as part of the supports offered through the Access and Inclusion (AIM) Model. AIM Inclusive Play will be a … Continue reading

Waterford Social Farming Initiative enhancing lives

Last Thursday, January 11th, Minister Finian McGrath TD visited the fantastic Ballinamona Social Farm to meet three members of our Waterford and South Kilkenny branch, who have just completed a 12 week Social Farming Programme; a partnership between Waterford Leader Partnership CLG and DSI … Continue reading

Our concerns about changes to ECCE provision (Dec, 2017) and Update on our campaign (January 16th 2018)

– Families want to avail of free preschool education provision for their child, but parents who have contacted us have expressed dismay at the lack of flexibility in the new system. – There are sound reasons for supporting a flexible … Continue reading

CEO Gary Owens meets Finian McGrath TD, Minister for State with Responsiblity for Disability Issues

We were very pleased to formally meet Finian McGrath TD, Minister of State with Responsibility for Disability Issues this week to highlight the issues of our members and the priorities for Down Syndrome Ireland. The areas that our CEO Gary Owens … Continue reading

Lisa Cahill: Adult Projects Officer ‘Latch On’ (part-time)

Lisa Cahill is the current temporary part time Adult Projects Officer for Latch-On. She is the lead facilitator of the National Advisory Council (NAC). The National Advisory Council was established by Down Syndrome Ireland to give adults with Down Syndrome a clear structure and … Continue reading

‘Let US Shine’ set to sparkle on November 26th!

The stars are coming out on Sunday, November 26th at our up-coming Fashion Show & Variety Peformances: Let US Shine! We are so excited to present to you a diverse array of sensational singing, delightful dancing, melodic music and improvised … Continue reading


Huge congratulations to the Nestlé Ireland Staff who took part in our recent SHOP WARS challenge on Friday 13th October at both our GPO and Kimmage shops and raised an amazing €5,845 on our behalf! 30 Nestlé Ireland staff worked … Continue reading

Invitation to Arthritis Ireland’s Annual Research Lecture 2017

You are cordially invited to a special lecture by Arthritis Ireland’s principal researchers, Prof. Gerry Wilson, Prof. Ursula Fearon and Dr Charlene Foley on their “Plans for life-changing research”. The past 12 months have seen Arthritis Ireland’s quest to find … Continue reading

Wallace wows Wyeth for Down Syndrome Ireland

The former Munster and Ireland rugby hero David Wallace made a special visit to Askeaton where he officially launched the Wyeth Nutritionals Ireland and Nestlé Ireland’s charity partnership with Down Syndrome Ireland which aims to €70,000 over two years. The … Continue reading

SEMINAR: Dual Diagnosis in Teenagers & Adults with Down Syndrome and Autism (DS-ASD)

We are delighted to welcome world-renowned expert Dr Dennis McGuire to Ireland to deliver this interesting and engaging seminar on ‘Dual Diagnosis in Teenagers & Adults with Down Syndrome and Autism (DS-ASD). This seminar will clarify the similarities and key … Continue reading

DSI says it is inspiring to see brands like Glenisk recognising the beauty in every child

Down Syndrome Ireland is delighted to see beautiful 17-month-old Abby Dillon from Cork, being announced as one of the new faces of Glenisk’s Organic No-Added-Sugar Baby Yogurts.  Abby was born with Down syndrome. Down Syndrome Ireland President Mary Doherty said: … Continue reading

Down Syndrome Ireland announces the passing of Frank O’Sullivan

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Frank O’Sullivan. Frank had a long involvement with Down Syndrome Ireland, as a member of our Dublin Branch Committee for over 25 years, and also representing … Continue reading

Former CEO Pat Clarke elected as Vice-Chair of the European Disability Forum

Congratulations to former CEO of Down Syndrome Ireland Pat Clarke who was elected as Vice-Chair of the European Disability Forum at their AGM in Madrid at the weekend. The European Disability Forum is an independent NGO that represents the interests … Continue reading

Text FUNDAYS to 50300 to donate €4

  To help increase our fundraising efforts, please text FUNDAYS to 50300 to donate €4 . (Text cost €4. Down Syndrome Ireland will receive a minimum of €3.25. Service Provider: LIKE CHARITY. Helpline: 076 680 5278.) It’s simple and easy! Thank … Continue reading

A Day in the Life: Eoin O’Loughlin – Senior Financial Accountant/Controller

Hi my name is Eoin O’ Loughlin and I am the Senior Financial Accountant/Financial Controller at the National Office of Down Syndrome Ireland. As Financial Controller I have an input into all aspects of the running of the organisation. I … Continue reading

DSI’s Radio & TV Coverage of World Down Syndrome Day 2017

Down Syndrome Ireland had a very busy time in the media for World Down Syndrome Day 2017 with radio, television and print coverage. You can read, watch and listen to a number of the interviews below. PRINT Irish Independent 21 March … Continue reading

DSI joins 100 disability organisations to demand Government ratifies UNCRPD

Thursday 30th March 2017 marked ten years to the day since Ireland promised to fully adopt a key international agreement around disability rights.  This agreement; the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD), ensures that people with … Continue reading

DSI thank PriceWaterhouseCoopers for their generous support.

  Down Syndrome Ireland want to sincerely thank the PricewaterhouseCoopers staff who recently raised €14,267 through their fundraising activities, in 2016. PwC also provided DSI with members of their own Intern Team who gave invaluable assistance and advice in organising … Continue reading

DSI Branch Officers attend first training & information session of 2017

  Last Saturday (28th January), our amazing volunteer Branch Officers attended the first in a series of regular training / information sessions at DSI’s national office in Dublin. Branch Officers from around the country attended to hear presentations on insurance … Continue reading

DSI News: One of the biggest barriers to education for children with Down syndrome is being removed

One of the biggest barriers facing children with Down syndrome in education is finally being dismantled. The ‘soft’ barriers to enrolment that many parents of children with disabilities have faced have been removed with the announcement by the Minister for … Continue reading

Lobbying News: Down Syndrome Ireland represented on the Government’s recently established Taskforce on Personal Budgets (also referred to as Individualised Funding)

Great news! Six people representing the interests of people with Down syndrome are sitting on the Consultative & Advisory Group of the Government’s new Taskforce on Personal Budgets (also referred to as Individualised Funding). The Taskforce, which was established by … Continue reading


Speech and language is a particular area of difficulty for children with Down syndrome. High incidences of hearing loss combined with auditory processing and memory difficulties and oral-motor issues mean that language development interventions should begin at an early age … Continue reading


Dublin-Marathon Date for your diary New Parents Conference Residential Weekend HB Fundays 2012 REV-UP 4 DSI Funday at TAYTO PARK The Dublin Marathon takes place on Monday 29th October and we are trying to find as many people as we … Continue reading