Our board members

Kevin Griffin - President Down Syndrome Ireland

We would like to announce that Kevin Griffin from our Kerry Branch has been appointed the interim President of Down Syndrome Ireland and will remain in position until our AGM, which is taking place on September 19th where a new President will be selected. Kevin worked with Eircom based in Killarney and is now retired. Kevin has eight children, the youngest of whom Cathal, aged 27, has Down syndrome. He has been a member of our board for five years and has worked tirelessly to improve services at local and national level and to further inclusion for people with Down syndrome. Kevin has always believed in the volunteer ethos and has involved himself in local voluntary organisations, in particular, his local GAA club both as a player Read More

Kevin Griffin

President Down Syndrome Ireland

We would like to announce that Kevin Griffin from our Kerry Branch has been appointed the interim President of Down Syndrome Ireland and will remain in position until our AGM, which is taking place on September 19th where a new President will be selected.

Kevin worked with Eircom based in Killarney and is now retired. Kevin has eight children, the youngest of whom Cathal, aged 27, has Down syndrome. He has been a member of our board for five years and has worked tirelessly to improve services at local and national level and to further inclusion for people with Down syndrome. Kevin has always believed in the volunteer ethos and has involved himself in local voluntary organisations, in particular, his local GAA club both as a player and at official level. He was involved in setting up the Kerry Social Farming initiative for people with disabilities and continues as an active member. Kevin also serves as Chairman of a Rural Men’s Project in South Kerry, which was established to combat rural isolation. He is currently a director on the boards of Local Link Kerry - Kerry Community Transport.

Margaret Carroll - Secretary - Dublin Branch

Margaret is a parent of a 29 year woman who has Down syndrome and she have been very involved with DSI since her birth both at branch and national level. Margaret recently retired from working as a Special Educational Needs Organiser (SENO), having worked with the NCSE since its inception in 2004. She is also the founding Director of The Irish Down Syndrome Sporting Organisation which promotes ability in sports for athletes with Down syndrome. Read More

Margaret Carroll

Secretary - Dublin Branch

Margaret is a parent of a 29 year woman who has Down syndrome and she have been very involved with DSI since her birth both at branch and national level. Margaret recently retired from working as a Special Educational Needs Organiser (SENO), having worked with the NCSE since its inception in 2004. She is also the founding Director of The Irish Down Syndrome Sporting Organisation which promotes ability in sports for athletes with Down syndrome.

Directors

Michael Gorman - Laois Branch

Michael Gorman qualified with an Honours Degree in Social Studies in 2014/2015. He is currently employed as a Community Employment Supervisor in Ballingarry Thurles helping the long term unemployed to upskill and return to the workforce.  Michael is married to Mary and they have one child Eoin who is 22 years old.  Michael spent many years in Leeds England where Eoin was born but the family decided to return home to give Eoin better opportunities to build lifelong friendships in his local community. Michael was chair of the organisation’s Laois Branch for five years and vice chair prior to that. He is currently the branch PRO. Michael also chaired a Board sub-committee on employment.  He is currently involved in conjunction with Laois County Council in Read More

Michael Gorman

Laois Branch

Michael Gorman qualified with an Honours Degree in Social Studies in 2014/2015. He is currently employed as a Community Employment Supervisor in Ballingarry Thurles helping the long term unemployed to upskill and return to the workforce.  Michael is married to Mary and they have one child Eoin who is 22 years old.  Michael spent many years in Leeds England where Eoin was born but the family decided to return home to give Eoin better opportunities to build lifelong friendships in his local community. Michael was chair of the organisation’s Laois Branch for five years and vice chair prior to that. He is currently the branch PRO. Michael also chaired a Board sub-committee on employment.  He is currently involved in conjunction with Laois County Council in setting up a Sheltered Employment Training Facility for adults with intellectual difficulties in Laois, the “Laois Field of Dreams”.  Michael constantly advocates on behalf of all those with an intellectual difficulty at both local and national level. 

Antoinette Dowling - Laois Branch

Antoinette Dowling lives at the Rock of Dunamaise Portlaoise, Co Laois and is a long serving member of our Laois branch. Antoinette is married to Michael a Farmer and they have three sons Michael Jnr., who has Down Syndrome age 35, Stephen and Seán. Antoinette was instrumental in setting up our Laois Branch in March 1995 and was appointed to the role of Secretary and has held this position on several occasions over the 23 years. She is currently our Branch Vice-Treasurer.  Antoinette worked in the banking sector and is now retired.   Read More

Antoinette Dowling

Laois Branch

Antoinette Dowling lives at the Rock of Dunamaise Portlaoise, Co Laois and is a long serving member of our Laois branch. Antoinette is married to Michael a Farmer and they have three sons Michael Jnr., who has Down Syndrome age 35, Stephen and Seán. Antoinette was instrumental in setting up our Laois Branch in March 1995 and was appointed to the role of Secretary and has held this position on several occasions over the 23 years. She is currently our Branch Vice-Treasurer.  Antoinette worked in the banking sector and is now retired.  

Liam McLoughlin - Dublin Branch

Liam McLoughlin M.Ed., H.D.S.GC., lives in Dublin and is the parent of Maeve, who has Down syndrome. Liam is a retired teacher and Guidance Counsellor and a lifelong advocate of inclusion and the rights of people with a disability to access education and a meaningful life. Read More

Liam McLoughlin

Dublin Branch

Liam McLoughlin M.Ed., H.D.S.GC., lives in Dublin and is the parent of Maeve, who has Down syndrome. Liam is a retired teacher and Guidance Counsellor and a lifelong advocate of inclusion and the rights of people with a disability to access education and a meaningful life.

Bridgette Keane - Dublin Branch

Bridgette lives in Sutton, Dublin. She is married to John and has 6 Children; the youngest being 12 year old twins Christopher & Mark.  Mark has Down Syndrome and is currently in 5th Class in Bayside Senior School with his twin.   Bridgette graduated from UCD with a Batchelor of Arts Honours Degree in Politics & History in 1986 and also has a Certificate in Public Relations from the Institute of Public Relations.  She has been a committee member of Down Syndrome  Dublin Branch since 2011 and is the Treasurer of the branch since 2014. Read More

Bridgette Keane

Dublin Branch

Bridgette lives in Sutton, Dublin. She is married to John and has 6 Children; the youngest being 12 year old twins Christopher & Mark.  Mark has Down Syndrome and is currently in 5th Class in Bayside Senior School with his twin.   Bridgette graduated from UCD with a Batchelor of Arts Honours Degree in Politics & History in 1986 and also has a Certificate in Public Relations from the Institute of Public Relations.  She has been a committee member of Down Syndrome  Dublin Branch since 2011 and is the Treasurer of the branch since 2014.

Enda Gallagher - Dublin Branch

Enda holds an Honours Degree in Business from the University of Limerick and has worked in a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors. From Sligo, he now lives in Dublin and is father to Elisha (11) who has Down Syndrome. He is ex-Chair of the Daughters of Charity Parents Forum and believes that sophisticated advocacy is becoming increasingly critical for our children’s future. Enda joined the board of Down Syndrome Ireland at the AGM in 2018. Read More

Enda Gallagher

Dublin Branch

Enda holds an Honours Degree in Business from the University of Limerick and has worked in a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors. From Sligo, he now lives in Dublin and is father to Elisha (11) who has Down Syndrome. He is ex-Chair of the Daughters of Charity Parents Forum and believes that sophisticated advocacy is becoming increasingly critical for our children’s future. Enda joined the board of Down Syndrome Ireland at the AGM in 2018.

John Upton - Waterford South Kilkenny Branch

John Upton lives in Waterford where he works for the HSE as a Medical Physicist. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Master’s Degree in Physical Sciences in Medicine in 1993, and took up his current post in University Hospital Waterford in 1995. He is married to Maura and they have three children; Sarah & Ann who are in college in Dublin, and seán who attends Secondary school in Waterford, and who has Down syndrome. John has been active in the Waterford & South Kilkenny Branch of DSI since Seán’s birth in 2002, serving as Committee Member, Treasurer, and Chairperson, at various times over the years. He joined the Board of DSI in 2017. Read More

John Upton

Waterford South Kilkenny Branch

John Upton lives in Waterford where he works for the HSE as a Medical Physicist. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Master’s Degree in Physical Sciences in Medicine in 1993, and took up his current post in University Hospital Waterford in 1995. He is married to Maura and they have three children; Sarah & Ann who are in college in Dublin, and seán who attends Secondary school in Waterford, and who has Down syndrome.

John has been active in the Waterford & South Kilkenny Branch of DSI since Seán’s birth in 2002, serving as Committee Member, Treasurer, and Chairperson, at various times over the years. He joined the Board of DSI in 2017.

Bernadette Connolly - Galway Branch

Bernadette works as National Co-ordinator of The Irish Pilgrimage Trust a charity which offers holidays to young people with special needs in Ireland and in Lourdes France.  Bernadette lives in Clarinbridge in Galway and is married to Mike.  They have 2 children; Máire and Eoin. Máire is 16 years old and has Down syndrome and Eoin is 15 years old.  Bernadette was involved in the Galway Branch when Voices for Galway was set up to bring speech therapy services to members of the Galway Branch and served as Treasurer for several years. Read More

Bernadette Connolly

Galway Branch

Bernadette works as National Co-ordinator of The Irish Pilgrimage Trust a charity which offers holidays to young people with special needs in Ireland and in Lourdes France.  Bernadette lives in Clarinbridge in Galway and is married to Mike.  They have 2 children; Máire and Eoin. Máire is 16 years old and has Down syndrome and Eoin is 15 years old.  Bernadette was involved in the Galway Branch when Voices for Galway was set up to bring speech therapy services to members of the Galway Branch and served as Treasurer for several years.