Our National Advisory Council
Our National Advisory Council (NAC) represents the opinions of adults with Down syndrome within our organisation. The Council comprises of adults with Down syndrome from across Ireland.
Learn more about the NAC here.
The New National Advisory Council of Down Syndrome Ireland commenced their term of office in Summer, 2019.
Meet Our National Advisory Council
If you would like to get involved or have any questions about our National Advisory Council, please contact our Adult Advocacy Officer Helena Connors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claire Murphy - NAC Team
Hi, my name is Claire and I am 25 years old. I live in Kilkenny. I enjoy staying fit with walking, running and being outdoors. I also like digital photography, researching information and listening to music. I just finished the Ability Programme and I am looking forward to starting a new job sometime soon. I really want to work in an office. I enjoy being on the NAC.
Sinéad Friel - NAC Team
Hello, my name is Sinead. I am from Clontarf, Dublin. I am part of the Blue Diamond Theatre Company and I love to act. I like to go to the gym and play basketball but some of my favourite things to do are act, sing and dance. I joined the NCA because my sister is in politics and works for the European Union Brussels in Rwanda and she inspired me to join.
Mikey Kerin - NAC Team
My name is Mikey, I am a student at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). The course I am taking is called the DFS two access course, I study Sociology, English, History and IT there. I like going to the gym, listening to music and watching Netflix. I have a dog called Patch. I just started at the NAC and like it.
Chrissie Maccalari - NAC Team
Hi everyone, my name is Chrissie. I'm 22 going on 23 in December, I was born in Africa at Capetown City Park Hospital. I moved to Ireland when I was 4 and have two passports. Right now I'm dong MOTE and work skills. I love to cook and I really enjoying baking. Staying fit and sports are very important to me, I enjoy swimming, bowling, basketball, rock climbing, and going to the gym. Some of my favourite things are Star Wars, Harry Potter, F.r.i.e.n.d.s, Pretty Little Liars and eating healthy.
Ross O’Neill - NAC Team
I'm Ross, I have been working thirteen years at Down Syndrome Ireland as a Junior Administrator. I enjoy football my favourite team is Man United, I won a silver in bowling at the Special Olympics in 2018. I have good leadership and good experience working at different conferences and I travelled to New York to do a workshop presentation with Stewart's care, it was called my free time. I went to Budapest on a European studies project with Trinity College Dublin to learn about other European countries and the European Parliament in Brussels. This is my first time to take part in the National Advisory Council and I think it's great.