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
Enda Gallagher - National Treasurer
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.
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.
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.
Fiona Dunny - Kildare Branch
Fiona lives in Co. Kildare and is married to Paul. They have 4-year old twins, Tim and Saoirse. Tim has Down syndrome. Fiona has been a committee member with the Kildare branch since 2018 and is a representative for their Early Development Group. She is also a ParentLink volunteer. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University College Dublin and has held numerous posts in Finance, Recruitment, Compliance and HR in the private sector in both Ireland and the UK. She currently works as a Business Manager within an Irish SME.