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!



Friday 28th June: Meet & Greet

Here’s an overview of what’s happening during our Friday night Meet & Greet.

  • Meet and Greet Programme


    8 pm – Down Syndrome Ireland Conference and AGM and Conference

    Why not get the weekend kicked off with a celebration of the talents of our members! On Friday evening, our wonderful Louth-Meath Branch is hosting a welcome reception for all local and visiting families who are attending our Conference and Annual General Meeting.

    The welcome reception promises to be an event to remember and will feature adult and teenage members with Down syndrome displaying a range of talents and skills in music, dance, drama and sport. The reception will kick off at 8pm Friday 28th June in Trim Castle Hotel, Trim County Meath.

    Finger Food will be served on the night.

    The event will provide an excellent opportunity for our member families to meet and socialise.  

    Please give your details in the below form if you and your family are attending – thank you.


Saturday 29th June: Conference & AGM

Here’s a rundown of all that is happening at our Conference and AGM on Saturday. We have lots of talks and workshops taking place throughout the day. While all the day’s programmes are free of charge, they must be pre-booked in advance, and you can do that right here.

  • AGM and Conference: Parent's Programme


    9.00 am to 9.30 am – Registration and Refreshments


    9.30 am to 10.00 am – Welcome and update on our strategy  

    Gary Owens, CEO will welcome you to our 2019 Conference and AGM and will speak about creating value through building a data-driven organisation


    10.00 am to 11.30 am – Workshops

    • Workshop 1:

    Touch-Type, Read & Spell – 10 am to 11:30 am

    Learn all about Touch-type, Read & Spell (TTRS), which is an award-winning, multi-sensory course that teaches touch-typing, reading and spelling for people with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia and other learning differences. 

    Learning how to touch-type is an important life-skill today.  The course allows for repetition and can provide the kind of automatized feedback and step-by-step learning from which individuals with Down syndrome can benefit. The talk will be given by Carol Pitcher from Castleknock TTRS.

    • Workshop 2:

    Advocacy in Action – 10 am to 11 am

    Leigh Gath is the HSE Confidential Recipient. The Confidential Recipient is a voice for vulnerable adults with a disability or older persons receiving services from the HSE or organisations funded or partially funded by the HSE. Leigh has campaigned tirelessly for many years for the rights of people with disabilities and has graciously offered to share her experience and expertise with us.

    Parents Plus Pilot – 11 am to 11:30 am

    Down Syndrome Ireland’s Adult Advocacy Officer Helena Connors will speak about Parents Plus, which is an Irish charity that develops practical, evidence-based parenting and mental health programmes. We are delighted that Down Syndrome Ireland has been selected to participate in a pilot for their new Parents Plus Disability Programme, which aims to address the particular needs of parents of adolescents aged 11 to 18 with an intellectual disability. The programme may be extended to a broader age range. The programme will support parents to deal with the challenges of raising a child with a disability and will be designed to be relevant to all levels of intellectual disability.


    Workshop Attendance Form

    Please fill in the form below to ensure your place at a workshop.



    11.30 am to 12.00 am – Tea/Coffee break


    12.00 pm to 1.00 pm – Learn all about what’s happening in other Branches

          Let’s all learn from eachother! Representatives from our Cork, Louth / Meath, Kerry, Galway, Donegal and Mayo branches will share their experiences on their some of their signature programmes.

    • Field of Dreams – Cork
    • Ability Programme – Louth/Meath
    • Coffee and Retail – Kerry
    • Voices for Galway
    • ETB Donegal
    • Regional Centre, Swinford – Mayo


    1 pm to 2 pm – Break and refreshments with family


    2 pm to 2:30 pm – AGM Registration Sign in


    AGM 2019 Attendance Form

    Please fill in the form below to ensure your place at our AGM.



    2:30 pm to 5/5:30 approx – AGM 2019


    6 pm – Meal

    The evening meal was originally priced at €26 per person. However, thanks to our Louth-Meath Branch for subsidising €10 towards the overall cost, the price of the evening meal is now €16 per person (including teenagers and children).


    8:30 pm – Summer Disco

    Superstar DJ and DSI member Andrew Walker will be spinning out the year’s hottest tunes at our Summer Hits Disco party, which kicks off at 8.30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome to get down and grove! Finger food will also be served on the night. To book your place, all you need to do is register your place by filling out the form below!

  • Conference: 0-6 Year Old Programme

    Gulliver’s Childcare/Crèche

    Gulliver’s Childcare Trim is opening especially on Saturday morning from 9 am to 5 pm catering for all children aged 0-6 year olds. Gulliver’s will supply a full complement of staff and have volunteered their services for free.

    Children will be given drinks and snacks free of charge – Gulliver’s is located just across the road from the Trim Castle Hotel.

    A huge thank you to the team at Gulliver’s Childcare Trim for this extremely generous contribution to this year’s Conference and AGM.

    Please contact Annette to book a place at or call 01 – 56324552.

  • Conference: 6-16 Year Old Programme

    AGM – 6-16 Year Old Programme

    Please fill in the form below to reserve a place for your child in our programme for 6 to 16 year olds.


    9 am to 9:30 am – Registration


    9:30 am to 10:30 am –  Speech and Drama: Part One with Nessa Lynch (Chance to Shine)

    Through movement, children will work on coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, spatial awareness and positive body image through fantasy play and games. Activities will help children to develop fine and gross motor skills.


    10:30 am to 12 pm – Drumming with David Day

    Jabba Jabba Jembe drumming is a high energy hands-on introduction to the world of hand drums and world percussion.

    This workshop allows people of all ages to have fun playing drums and a wide range of hand percussion instruments in a friendly group environment, participants explore rhythm through chants, body percussion and get to express this in their group.


    12 pm to 1 pm – Brickx Club

    Brickx Club is an all-inclusive club and all abilities are welcome. It was originally set up by parents of children with additional needs, who worked in the education sector and wanted a club outside the norms of what was on offer to their children.

    The club has mountains of different LEGO® sets – Minecraft, city, friends, boats, planes, houses, cars, lorries…

    Your child will love their creative LEGO® or DUPLO® building workshops on the day.


    1 pm to 2 pm – Break and refreshments with family


    2 pm to 5 pm – Speech and Drama: Part Two with Nessa Lynch (Chance to Shine)


    Conference:  6-16 Year Old Programme Attendance Form

    Please fill in the form below to ensure your child’s place in our 6-16 programme.

  • Conference: 16 Plus Programme

    Our 16 Plus Programme is open to all adults with Down syndrome who are over the age of 16. 

    Places are limited so avoid disappointment, please book your place early below!

    If the workshop is full, please contact Annette at or call 01 – 56324552.

     16 Plus Program AGM 2019

    Facilitated by Down Syndrome Ireland’s Adult Advocacy Officer Helena Connors and Aoife Gaffney, our National Employment and Projects Officer.

    9.30 am to 10 am  –   Welcome


    10 am to 11 am – Group Introduction Session


    11 am to 11.30 am – Break


    11.30 am to 1 pm – Workshop: Staying Healthy


    1 pm to 2 pm – Break and refreshments with family


    2 pm to 3.30 pm – Workshop: Drumming


    3.30 pm to 4 pm – Break


    4 pm to 4.30 pm – Review of the day


    4.30 pm to 5 pm – Passive Relaxation Exercise


    Conference: 16 Plus Programme Attendance Form

    Please fill in the form below to ensure your child’s place in our 16 plus programme.

  • Brickx Club – Running all day

    *Brickx Club – Running all day from 9 am to 5 pm.

    The *Brickx Club was originally setup by parents of children with additional needs who worked in the education sector and wanted a club outside the norms of what was on offer to their children.

    *Please note that the Brickx Club workshop will be running all day from 9 am to 5 pm, however a time slot has been allocated for the 16+ program from 12 pm to 1 pm, please note that we will need you to collect your child 15 minutes before 12 pm to allow this program to begin – thank you for your cooperation.

Sunday 30th June: Activities and attractions to enjoy in Trim

There are some lovely activities for you and your family to enjoy around Trim!

Please note the first five events we’ve listed require pre-booking with the venue as minimum numbers are required to secure these attractions for our members.

Please email us at to register your interest. 

  • Top attractions happening in Trim over the Conference and AGM…

    Family Activities


    Free Family swim for all 9–10 AM (Private Session) on Sunday 30th June.  Bring your swim gear and enjoy some family time in the pool, which is opening early especially for our families. 

    Please email us at to register your interest. 


    Tours of Trim Castle: Free private tours can be arranged to view what it Ireland’s oldest Norman Castle for people with additional needs.  Pre-booking is essential as there is a maximum of 11 in each group. 

    Please email us at to register your interest. 


    Alpaca Farm Drinadaly: (12noon – 1.30pm) Why not enjoy some unique family fun with a visit to an Alpaca Farm, which is home to not just alpacas but also mini ostrich, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, geese, owl, wild boar, & Iron age pigs.

    Private family tours for our members can be arranged, though pre-booking essential. The cost is €6 per person.

    Please email us at to register your interest. 


    Boyne Valley Activities: If you and your family love water sports, then this is the activity for you! The activity centre offers river tours, kayaking, rafting and much, much more!  Pre-booking is essential.

    Please email us at to register your interest. 


    A private walking tour of Trim: Maybe you would prefer to meander around Trim on a walking tour to see all the local attractions, which can be arranged if sufficient notice is given. Sights include Trim Castle, Yellow Steeple, St Mary’s Abbey, St Patrick’s Church, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Town Walls & Town Gates, Newtown Abbey, the Tomb of the Jealous Man & Jealous Woman. Pre-booking is required.

    Please email us at to register your interest. 


    Aura – Trim Swimming Pool: Located just a five-minute walk from Trim Castle Hotel, the Aura – Trim swimming pool is open on Sunday and there is plenty of car parking available.


    ‘Dear Dot’ Exhibition: A special exhibition is open at Trim Visitor Centre entitled ‘Dear Dot’. The exhibition includes letters, photos and memorabilia from the life and times of Dot Tubridy, who was a long time friend of the Kennedy family and an unofficial Irish ambassador to the US. Ms Tubridy is credited with starting the tradition of the Taoiseach presenting US Presidents with shamrock in a Waterford Crystal bowl. The exhibition was officially opened by Courtney Kennedy & Sydney Kennedy Lawford, nieces of late President John F Kennedy.  


    Norman Armoury Display in Town Hall Visitor Centre: Located just across the road from Trim Castle Hotel, the display is one not to be missed! The display costs €2 per person and group concessions are also available. There is no booking required.


    Play Centre: Oaktree, Business Park (10:30am -6pm). is suitable for babies to 12 year olds. Our Louth Meath branch has arranged a concession price of €5.50 for 1.5 hours for our members. You will need to make a reservation by calling the centre on 046 431432. 


    Hot Air Balloon Flights: Why not create an experience of a lifetime and enjoy a hot air balloon ride! Pre-booking is essential and to make your reservation, please contact Pauline Baker on 046 9483436. Flights – which are weather dependent – are usually in very early mornings and late evenings. 


    Golfing in Trim: For any golf lovers, Trim offers an abundance of amazing golf courses.

    Trim Castle Golf Club – Longwood Road. (Located within a 5 minute drive from Trim Castle Hotel) 046 9431463.

    Knightsbrook Golf Club at Knightsbrook Hotel. (Located within a 5 minute drive from Trim Castle Hotel) 046 9482102

    Pitch & Put Course – Jonathan Swift St. (Located within a 5 minute walk from Trim Castle Hotel) Christopher Gibney – 086 8978880


    Trim Tennis Club: The club is located within a five minute walk from the Trim Catsle Hotel. 085 7571048


    GAA Sports Complex: The complex is located within a two minute drive from Trim Castle Hotel. Please contact the Club Secretary Audrey McGuinness on 086 4141266.


    Irish Aquatic Centre: For all water lovers, wakeboarding and water-skiing activities are also available at the Irish Aquatic Centre, which is located within 20 miles of Trim. To book your place, please contact Eamon on 086 8366410 or Gavin on 086 6016340. You can also email


    Knightsbrook Hotel: The River Spa 046 9482100. Pre-booking essential.


    Trim Flying Club: Dunganny Trim – off Navan Road (10 min drive).


    Trim, Athboy & District Angling Association: Call 086 2520984 for more information.


    BlackFriary Archaeological Dig: Griffin Pk (5 mins walk from hotel). Project Leader/Director Finola O’Carroll

Useful information about Trim

Here’s some information for those wishing to explore, book a room or eat out in beautiful Trim.

  • Places to Stay In Trim
    1. Trim Castle Hotel, Finnegan’s Way (4 Star)
    2. Knightsbrook Hotel + Golf Resort (4 Star) (5 Mins Drive)
    3. Knightsbrook Hotel Courtyard Accommodation (4 Star)
    4. Highfield House Guesthouse (4 Star) (2min Walk)
    5. Brogans Bar + Guesthouse (3 Star) (3min Walk)
    6. Castle Arch Hotel (3 Star) (3min Walk)
    7. Bounty Bar Guesthouse (2 Star) (2min Walk)
    8. Boyne View B&B (10 Min Drive)
    9. Crannmor B&B (5 Min Drive)
    10. White Lodge B&B, Lackanash (5 Min Walk)
    11. Steeple View (4 Star)
    12. Knightsbrook B&B

    10% off purchases in the Kilkenny Shop for hotel residents of the Trim Castle Hotel.

  • Free Attractions/Extra Leisure Activities
    1. River Walk – along the banks of the Boyne through the picturesque Porchfields
    2. Tourist Trail of Trim – Follow the map for the various tourist’s attractions (Trim Heritage Trail)
    3. Large Children’s Playground – Jonathan Swift Street (3mins walk from Trim Castle Hotel)
    4. Feed the Donkeys in the field at the banks of the river just up from the hotel.
  • Religious Services in Trim
    1. St Patricks Church – Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 9 am, 11 am, 12.30pm
    2. St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Loman Street – Sunday 11.30am
    3. Living Hope Church, Navan Gate – Sunday Service 10.30am
    4. The Redeemed Christian Church of God Kings, Tower Parish  Navan Road – Sunday Service 11.21 – 12.55
  • Top 10 Bars in Trim
    1. James Griffin Pub – High Street. (4 Mins Walk).
    2. McCormack’s Pub – Castle Street. (2 Mins Walk).
    3. Sally Rodgers – Bridge Street. (3 Mins Walk).
    4. The Bounty Bar – Bridge Street. (3 Mins Walk).
    5. Brogan’s – High Street. (4 Mins Walk).
    6. Lynch Motor Bar – Emmet Street. (2 Mins Walk).
    7. Kiely’s Bar – Emmet Street. (1 Mins Walk).
    8. Old Stand – Emmet Street. (3 Mins Walk).
    9. Judge & Jury – Market Street. (2 Mins Walk).
    10. The High Horse – Market Street. (2 Mins Walk).
    11. Marcie’s – On the Bank of the Boyne. (20 Mins Walk, 5 Min Drive) Parking available, Great Tourist attraction.
  • Local Restaurants
    1. The Stockhouse – Opposite Trim Castle Hotel 046 9437388
    2. Franzinis – Trim Castle Car Park, French Lane 0469431002
    3. Wau Cuisine (Asian)– Bridge Street
    4. Brogans Hotel – 046 9431237
    5. The Castle Arch Hotel – 046 9431516
    6. Knightsbrook Hotel – 046 9482100
    7. Khan Spices Indian Restaurant – 046 9431378
    8. Marigold Chinese Restaurant – 046 9438788
    9. Bailey Bar (Trim Castle Hotel) – Barista (Day Time) 046 9483000
  • Cheap Eats
    1. The Castle Take Away, Castle Street
    2. Rosemary Bistro & Café, Emmet Street
    3. The Kitchen, Emmet Street
    4. Rachel’s Café, Market Street

    All 2 Minute walks from the Trim Castle Hotel.

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