National conference & AGM

We are excited to announce that our AGM and Conference will take place in the Killeshin Hotel, Dublin Rd, Portlaoise, Co. Laois on Saturday 22nd September 2018 and we would love to see you there!

The day promises lots of informative speakers on topics relevant to parents and carers of both children and adults with Down syndrome. For children and teenagers, topics being discussed include supporting families during their child’s early years with our Early Intervention Officer Eimear Collins. The day also includes speakers outlining international sporting opportunities for children and teenagers with Down syndrome.

For school-leavers and adults, Christy Lynch – the Chairperson of the Government’s Personalised Budgets Taskforce – will be on hand to answer your questions on how the new funding mechanism could work and when it will be rolled out nationally.

As the life expectancy for people with Down syndrome continues to increase, Trinity College’s Professor Mary McCarron will present the latest insights on ageing in people with Down syndrome. 

While parents can enjoy these informative talks, there are also separate programmes for children and teenagers with Down syndrome and their siblings throughout the day. Entertainment includes drumming workshops, magicians and quizzes.

Friday Evening, 21st September – ‘Welcome to Laois’ hosted by our Laois Branch

All delegates are invited to join our Laois Branch members for some music, finger-food and good company at 8pm. If you are interested in attending this get-together, you can email Annette.


Our A.G.M. ensures that members’ voices are heard and takes place on Saturday afternoon. Registration takes place at 2pm with the AGM taking place between 2.30pm – 5pm. Attending the AGM is free of charge – however, we ask members to register to attend by clicking on the link below.

Dinner Dance

On Saturday evening, our dinner dance will be a lively affair, with good food, lovely company and great music!

Full Programmes

Here, you will find the full programme here as well as our programme for 6 – 16 year olds and for 16+ years programme.

Sunday morning

If you plan to stay in Laois, why not also enjoy a fun family activity with fellow member families on Sunday morning?

At 11am, our branch in Laois will host a ‘Roll and Bowl’ day, which promises to be lots of fun! They have secured a special rate of €5 per child for access to the soft play area and €8 for soft play and bowling. You can access details about activities offered here. To express an interest in taking part in this activity, you can contact Annette.

Crèche Facilities are available for babies and children under 6. As places are very limited, they must be pre-booked in advance – please phone Annette on 01 4266511 for more details.

Accommodation can can be booked through the hotel’s website. To enquire about the DSI AGM + Conference delegate rate, please phone Gael on 01 6309211 to book your accommodation.

Booking Options

We have many booking options available. People attending can choose to attend the AGM (no charge), chose to attend the Conference and AGM (includes lunch and refreshments, see costs below) or they can choose to attend the conference, AGM and Dinner Dance (see costs below). All the booking options are available below.

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Killeshin Hotel
Dublin Rd, Ballyroan
Portlaoise, Co.Laois
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