Our team

Gary Owens - CEO

Gary Owens is our Chief Executive Officer. Gary is overseeing a new Strategy and Vision for the organisation, which represents 3,500 people with Down syndrome and their families.
He can be contacted at gary@downsyndrome.ie or (01) 4266500
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Gary Owens

CEO

Gary Owens is our Chief Executive Officer.

Gary is overseeing a new Strategy and Vision for the organisation, which represents 3,500 people with Down syndrome and their families.
He can be contacted at gary@downsyndrome.ie or (01) 4266500

Member Support Team

Nicola Hart - Member Support Team Leader

Nicola Hart is an experienced Speech and Language Therapist who has worked for over 20 years with people who have Down syndrome and their families. She has been working for Down Syndrome Ireland since 2010, first in a local branch, then in a national capacity.
Nicola became full time team leader for the Member Support Team in 2017. She continues to offer advice, training and support as National Speech and Language Advisor and has given up her direct Speech and Language Therapy work with the local branch in Kildare in order to concentrate on her national role.
Nicola believes strongly that research should inform practice, and represents Down Syndrome Ireland annually at the European Down Syndrome Research Forum. She is active in disseminating
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Nicola Hart

Member Support Team Leader

Nicola Hart is an experienced Speech and Language Therapist who has worked for over 20 years with people who have Down syndrome and their families. She has been working for Down Syndrome Ireland since 2010, first in a local branch, then in a national capacity.
Nicola became full time team leader for the Member Support Team in 2017. She continues to offer advice, training and support as National Speech and Language Advisor and has given up her direct Speech and Language Therapy work with the local branch in Kildare in order to concentrate on her national role.
Nicola believes strongly that research should inform practice, and represents Down Syndrome Ireland annually at the European Down Syndrome Research Forum. She is active in disseminating information from research to families and professionals working with people who have Down syndrome via training, conferences and the Down Syndrome Ireland magazine. She is very interested in the link between spoken and written language in children and adults who have Down syndrome, and is working with Speech and Language Therapist Grainne De Paor on some original research on the impact of adult literacy learning on spoken language.
Nicola is secretary of the Down Syndrome Ireland Special Interest Group for Speech and Language Therapists (DSI SIG). She is a member of the Lámh Research and Development Board, and was involved in developing the concept and content of the award-winning ‘Lámh Time’ app. Nicola is also a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT), and recently co-authored an IASLT position paper on Speech and Language Therapy provision for Children with Intellectual Disabilities.

Nicola can be contacted on (01) 4266500 or be email: nicola@downsyndrome.ie

Joanna Tomlin - Research Nurse

Joanna Tomlin has been appointed our new specialist nurse in Down syndrome while Fiona is on maternity leave after having beautiful baby Alex. Like Fiona, she is based at Trinity College Dublin, Department of Paediatrics in the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght. Joanna is a qualified paediatric nurse and also an intellectual disability nurse. She also holds a diploma in Montessori Teaching from St Nicholas College, Dun Laoghaire. Joanna is available from Monday to Friday to provide advice, up-to-date information and education in relation to any medical queries you may have about your child. Joanna has a broad experience in acute paediatric nursing and also with children with an intellectual disability. She has worked in various pre-schools in Dublin and as part of early intervention and Read More

Joanna Tomlin

Research Nurse

Joanna Tomlin has been appointed our new specialist nurse in Down syndrome while Fiona is on maternity leave after having beautiful baby Alex. Like Fiona, she is based at Trinity College Dublin, Department of Paediatrics in the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght. Joanna is a qualified paediatric nurse and also an intellectual disability nurse. She also holds a diploma in Montessori Teaching from St Nicholas College, Dun Laoghaire. Joanna is available from Monday to Friday to provide advice, up-to-date information and education in relation to any medical queries you may have about your child. Joanna has a broad experience in acute paediatric nursing and also with children with an intellectual disability. She has worked in various pre-schools in Dublin and as part of early intervention and outreach teams. Her role is to provide support and education and to conduct research in the area of Down syndrome. If you would like to speak with Joanna, you can reach her at 01 – 8963785 or contact us directly info@downsyndrome.ie

Eimear Collins - Early Intervention Officer

Eimear Collins has recently joined the Member Support Team as our Early Intervention Officer.
Eimear works with families to support them and their children throughout the early years, up to and including the transition to primary school. She is available to provide advice and support to parents and early years services in relation to early development, early intervention services and early childhood care and education. She is also involved in the development and delivery of conferences, workshops and training at regional and national level.
Eimear’s background is in the field of early childhood care and education. She has worked with young children and families in a variety of settings, such as crèches, pre-schools and hospital settings. Since 2008, she has worked with City
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Eimear Collins

Early Intervention Officer

Eimear Collins has recently joined the Member Support Team as our Early Intervention Officer.
Eimear works with families to support them and their children throughout the early years, up to and including the transition to primary school. She is available to provide advice and support to parents and early years services in relation to early development, early intervention services and early childhood care and education. She is also involved in the development and delivery of conferences, workshops and training at regional and national level.
Eimear’s background is in the field of early childhood care and education. She has worked with young children and families in a variety of settings, such as crèches, pre-schools and hospital settings. Since 2008, she has worked with City and County Childcare Committees (CCC’s), where she supported early childhood care and education settings to develop and enhance the quality of services for all children and their families. Eimear holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education from Mary Immaculate College Limerick, and is currently completing a Masters in Early Intervention at Trinity College Dublin. Eimear can be contacted on (01) 4266500 or on email eimear@downsyndrome.ie

Fidelma Brady - Education Officer

Fidelma Brady is our Education Officer and is available to support you and your child in their journey through school from primary, post primary and special school.
She will also provide advice and information at each stage of educational transition and when difficulties arise.
Fidelma will also be available to provide support, information, advice and training for schools and teachers to assist them in the provision of appropriate education for children and young people with Down syndrome.
The development and delivery of conferences, workshops and training at regional and national level for parents and education professionals will also be a key focus for Fidelma.
A key component of our Member Support Team, she will continue to research, collect and disseminate current
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Fidelma Brady

Education Officer

Fidelma Brady is our Education Officer and is available to support you and your child in their journey through school from primary, post primary and special school.
She will also provide advice and information at each stage of educational transition and when difficulties arise.
Fidelma will also be available to provide support, information, advice and training for schools and teachers to assist them in the provision of appropriate education for children and young people with Down syndrome.
The development and delivery of conferences, workshops and training at regional and national level for parents and education professionals will also be a key focus for Fidelma.
A key component of our Member Support Team, she will continue to research, collect and disseminate current information on the learning needs of students with Down syndrome, to include international methods of best practice and intervention strategies.
A primary teacher by profession and within that field, Fidelma has always had a great interest in special education – with a particular focus on Down syndrome.
Over the years, she has been fortunate to have taught in many schools, large & small, urban & rural. This has given her a wide experience of the many issues facing children and their parents within the education system, particularly those children with special educational needs.
Having undertaken many professional development courses over the years, she holds a Master’s Degree in Education (M.A.) and an Honours Diploma in Special Education, as well as a Bachelor of Education Degree (B.ED.). She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education, with the education of children with Down syndrome being the main focus.
Fidelma can be contacted through our national office on (01) 4266500 or by email at info@downsyndrome.ie.

Aoife Gaffney - National Employment and Projects Officer

Aoife Gaffney (née Wemyss) works with employers to provide training and meaningful employment opportunities for adults with Down syndrome.
Aoife can be contacted through our national office on (01) 4266500 or by email at info@downsyndrome.ie.
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Aoife Gaffney

National Employment and Projects Officer

Aoife Gaffney (née Wemyss) works with employers to provide training and meaningful employment opportunities for adults with Down syndrome.
Aoife can be contacted through our national office on (01) 4266500 or by email at info@downsyndrome.ie.

Helena Connors - Adult Advocacy Officer

Helena Connors joined us in January 2018 in the new role of Adult Advocacy Officer. Helena has worked in various roles supporting people with disabilities for the past twenty years. She recently returned to college and completed an LLM in Disability Law and Policy. In addition to studying Irish Disability Law and Policy there was a strong focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
As Adult Advocacy Officer, Helena supports adults with Down syndrome and their families to have their voices heard and to act as a voice for people who don’t yet have the skills to do so. Helena can be contacted through our national office on (01) 4266500 or by email at info@downsyndrome.ie.
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Helena Connors

Adult Advocacy Officer

Helena Connors joined us in January 2018 in the new role of Adult Advocacy Officer. Helena has worked in various roles supporting people with disabilities for the past twenty years. She recently returned to college and completed an LLM in Disability Law and Policy. In addition to studying Irish Disability Law and Policy there was a strong focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
As Adult Advocacy Officer, Helena supports adults with Down syndrome and their families to have their voices heard and to act as a voice for people who don’t yet have the skills to do so.

Helena can be contacted through our national office on (01) 4266500 or by email at info@downsyndrome.ie.

Lisa Martin - Adult Education Officer

Lisa Martin is our Adult Education Officer and coordinates our Adult Education Programme. Lisa is a secondary school teacher and her career has focused on students’ literacy skills. Lisa has written our work skills adult education course which forms a key part of the Ability programme. She has also taught the Latch On literacy and technology programme in our Limerick branch for four years. She supports adults who wish to progress to further education or would like training in order to enter the workforce. Lisa can be contacted through our National Office on (01) 5632450 or at lisamartin@downsyndrome.ie Read More

Lisa Martin

Adult Education Officer

Lisa Martin is our Adult Education Officer and coordinates our Adult Education Programme. Lisa is a secondary school teacher and her career has focused on students’ literacy skills. Lisa has written our work skills adult education course which forms a key part of the Ability programme. She has also taught the Latch On literacy and technology programme in our Limerick branch for four years. She supports adults who wish to progress to further education or would like training in order to enter the workforce. Lisa can be contacted through our National Office on (01) 5632450 or at lisamartin@downsyndrome.ie

Regional Resource Officers

Our Regional Resource Officers help people with Down syndrome and their family’s access support locally.

Regional Resource Officers provide vital support and a point of contact for new parents as well as families who need help and support at local level at every life stage.

Irene Walsh - Regional Resource Officer - Galway Branch

Irene Walsh is the Regional Resource Officer for the Galway branch since September 2016.
Irene’s involvement with the Galway branch began almost 10 years ago with the birth of her daughter, Maeve who is the youngest of four girls and whose diagnosis of Down syndrome was unexpected. When introduced to the concept of this being a “journey” Irene was a bit sceptical about what was in store, however the voyage has shaped her family’s views, attitudes, and values in so many positive ways.
Irene’s role as resource officer is part-time. The Galway branch has over 280 members, with membership increasing every year. It involves sourcing and providing information to members, signposting to appropriate agencies and referring to the Member Support Team where an
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Irene Walsh

Regional Resource Officer - Galway Branch

Irene Walsh is the Regional Resource Officer for the Galway branch since September 2016.
Irene’s involvement with the Galway branch began almost 10 years ago with the birth of her daughter, Maeve who is the youngest of four girls and whose diagnosis of Down syndrome was unexpected. When introduced to the concept of this being a “journey” Irene was a bit sceptical about what was in store, however the voyage has shaped her family’s views, attitudes, and values in so many positive ways.
Irene’s role as resource officer is part-time. The Galway branch has over 280 members, with membership increasing every year. It involves sourcing and providing information to members, signposting to appropriate agencies and referring to the Member Support Team where an issue requires their expertise. Irene also communicates relevant training and events to both parents and schools.
Irene can be contacted at irene@downsyndrome.ie or 087 4211 345.

Eithne Garvey - Regional Resource Officer - Kerry branch

Eithne Garvey is Resource Officer for the Down Syndrome Ireland, Kerry (DSK) branch and works part-time.
Eithne’s work in adult education as an IT tutor was the stepping stone towards her work in community development. She has been working in Community Development in Kerry now for the last ten years focusing in the areas of social inclusion, advocacy and education.
DSI’s Kerry branch has over 217 members spread throughout the county and almost 200 are under 40 years old. This has determined the work that Eithne is presently focusing on such as; Individualised Funding/Supports, organizing information sessions on Early Intervention supports, advocating on behalf of our members or just being a support through rough times, co-ordinating the training and employment initiative of the
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Eithne Garvey

Regional Resource Officer - Kerry branch

Eithne Garvey is Resource Officer for the Down Syndrome Ireland, Kerry (DSK) branch and works part-time.
Eithne’s work in adult education as an IT tutor was the stepping stone towards her work in community development. She has been working in Community Development in Kerry now for the last ten years focusing in the areas of social inclusion, advocacy and education.
DSI’s Kerry branch has over 217 members spread throughout the county and almost 200 are under 40 years old. This has determined the work that Eithne is presently focusing on such as; Individualised Funding/Supports, organizing information sessions on Early Intervention supports, advocating on behalf of our members or just being a support through rough times, co-ordinating the training and employment initiative of the branch, gathering resources and information in areas as diverse as education to health. Respite is greatly lacking in Kerry and Eithne is working on accessing this in other ways one of which is via the National Home Sharing and Short Breaks network and researching tenancy agreements on behalf of our members. A huge part of this role is to share the information resources gathered both with our members and with other staff in DSI and most especially with my fellow Resource Officers.
Eithne is forging links with other agencies, professionals and service providers while working with the incredibly capable National Member Support Team.
Eithne can be contacted at eithne@downsyndrome.ie or 0872691198.

Mike Egan - Regional Resource Officer - Louth Meath Branch

Mike Egan started working with the Louth Meath branch of DSI as a part-time Regional Resource Officer in November 2016, having had over 10 years front-line and management experience in adult learning disability services.
His role in the Louth Meath branch is to act as an information and support officer for the members and committee, helping to ensure they are aware of their full entitlements and rights to get all the services and opportunities that they need. Where such services are not readily available, Mike works with the branch and DSI National Team to campaign for additional and improved services for members of all ages.
He has a particular interest in the possibility of individualised funding/personal budgets for people with Down syndrome to
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Mike Egan

Regional Resource Officer - Louth Meath Branch

Mike Egan started working with the Louth Meath branch of DSI as a part-time Regional Resource Officer in November 2016, having had over 10 years front-line and management experience in adult learning disability services.
His role in the Louth Meath branch is to act as an information and support officer for the members and committee, helping to ensure they are aware of their full entitlements and rights to get all the services and opportunities that they need. Where such services are not readily available, Mike works with the branch and DSI National Team to campaign for additional and improved services for members of all ages.
He has a particular interest in the possibility of individualised funding/personal budgets for people with Down syndrome to enable them to reach their full potential and be active, included members of the community.
Mike has an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies, an MSc in Education and Training Management and, more recently, has trained as a mindfulness teacher for stress reduction and other benefits.
Mike can be contacted at mike@downsyndrome.ie or 085 8618866.

Central Support Team

Down Syndrome Ireland’s Central Support Team supports members, branches and the professional community connected by Down syndrome.

Annette O’Neill - Member Support Officer

Our Member Support Officer is Annette O’Neill. Annette provides support services to our members as well as with our branches around the country. Annette is also involved in organising and delivering our information events, conferences and our annual AGM. Other duties include the management of the membership database and liaison for Garda Vetting. Annette also handles Numicon inquires and liaises with our Numicon Trainers to deliver Numicon training which takes place regularly in branches, schools and education centres around the country. Numicon has proved to be an extremely effective tool in teaching Maths to people with Down syndrome. Annette can be contacted at info@downsyndrome.ie or (01) 4266500 Read More

Annette O’Neill

Member Support Officer

Our Member Support Officer is Annette O’Neill.

Annette provides support services to our members as well as with our branches around the country. Annette is also involved in organising and delivering our information events, conferences and our annual AGM. Other duties include the management of the membership database and liaison for Garda Vetting.

Annette also handles Numicon inquires and liaises with our Numicon Trainers to deliver Numicon training which takes place regularly in branches, schools and education centres around the country. Numicon has proved to be an extremely effective tool in teaching Maths to people with Down syndrome.

Annette can be contacted at info@downsyndrome.ie or (01) 4266500

Anne-Marie Dolan - Senior Administrator

Anne-Marie Dolan is Senior Administrator and receptionist at our national office.
Anne-Marie can be contacted at reception@downsyndrome.ie or (01) 4266500.
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Anne-Marie Dolan

Senior Administrator

Anne-Marie Dolan is Senior Administrator and receptionist at our national office.
Anne-Marie can be contacted at reception@downsyndrome.ie or (01) 4266500.

Ross O’Neill - Junior Administrator

Ross O’Neill is our Junior Administrator. Ross has been working at DSI for 12 years and plays a central role at the National Office. His jobs include distributing in-coming post and ensuring that the post book is signed daily, issuing requests for 'student packs', photocopying and ensuring photocopier paper trays are filled, assisting with mailouts, greeting and looking after visitors to National Office and ensuring Visitor Book sign-ins.  Ross also takes responsibility for setting up for meetings and conferences and clearing up after same. He takes in all deliveries and puts away as required. Ross weighs, franks, sorts and bags all out-going post and laminates posters and signs, as well as binding documents and publications. Ross also assists at fundraising events and assists all members Read More

Ross O’Neill

Junior Administrator

Ross O’Neill is our Junior Administrator.

Ross has been working at DSI for 12 years and plays a central role at the National Office. His jobs include distributing in-coming post and ensuring that the post book is signed daily, issuing requests for 'student packs', photocopying and ensuring photocopier paper trays are filled, assisting with mailouts, greeting and looking after visitors to National Office and ensuring Visitor Book sign-ins.  Ross also takes responsibility for setting up for meetings and conferences and clearing up after same. He takes in all deliveries and puts away as required. Ross weighs, franks, sorts and bags all out-going post and laminates posters and signs, as well as binding documents and publications. Ross also assists at fundraising events and assists all members of staff with their work.

 

 

Payroll and Human Resources

Willie Lewins - Payroll and Human Resources Manager

Our Payroll and Human Resources Manager is Willie Lewins. Willie takes care of all salaries, wages and HR enquiries at national and branch level. Willie can be contacted at willie@downsyndrome.ie or (01) 4266500 Read More

Willie Lewins

Payroll and Human Resources Manager

Our Payroll and Human Resources Manager is Willie Lewins. Willie takes care of all salaries, wages and HR enquiries at national and branch level.

Willie can be contacted at willie@downsyndrome.ie or (01) 4266500

Communications and Lobbying Team

Our Communications Team manages communications with the media, our members, professionals, the general public and the various teams within our organisation both locally and nationally. The team also compiles the Down Syndrome Ireland magazine, e-newsletters and manages the content of our website and social media channels. The team also highlight national issues which impact on people who have Down syndrome and their families in order to influence Government policies.

Cathy Gray - Head of Communications

Our Head of Communications is Cathy Gray. Having spent a number of years working as a journalist on both a local and national level, Cathy decided to apply her expertise and knowledge to the charity sector.
Since then, she has worked for a number of charities in marketing and communications roles. With a Masters in Journalism and Public Relations, she is passionate about helping people tell their story and empowering them to have their voices heard.
Cathy joined Down Syndrome Ireland as Head of Communications in March 2016.
Cathy can be contacted at cathy@downsyndrome.ie or 0860463702.
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Cathy Gray

Head of Communications

Our Head of Communications is Cathy Gray. Having spent a number of years working as a journalist on both a local and national level, Cathy decided to apply her expertise and knowledge to the charity sector.
Since then, she has worked for a number of charities in marketing and communications roles. With a Masters in Journalism and Public Relations, she is passionate about helping people tell their story and empowering them to have their voices heard.
Cathy joined Down Syndrome Ireland as Head of Communications in March 2016.
Cathy can be contacted at cathy@downsyndrome.ie or 0860463702.

Ciara O’Shea - Digital Communications Officer

Our Digital Communications Officer is Ciara O'Shea.
Ciara has worked in communications and marketing in both the not for profit and private sectors for over 17 years. She is always interested in the power that a story has to engage with people and is excited that there are so many great stories to be told about the members of Down Syndrome Ireland. Ciara began working as the Digital Communications Officer in January 2017 and is delighted to be part of the fantastic staff team at Down Syndrome Ireland.
Ciara can be contacted at ciara@downsyndrome.ie or 01-4266500
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Ciara O’Shea

Digital Communications Officer

Our Digital Communications Officer is Ciara O'Shea.
Ciara has worked in communications and marketing in both the not for profit and private sectors for over 17 years. She is always interested in the power that a story has to engage with people and is excited that there are so many great stories to be told about the members of Down Syndrome Ireland. Ciara began working as the Digital Communications Officer in January 2017 and is delighted to be part of the fantastic staff team at Down Syndrome Ireland.
Ciara can be contacted at ciara@downsyndrome.ie or 01-4266500

Fundraising Team

Down Syndrome Ireland has a very small but very active fundraising team. 85% of the money needed to run services has to be raised through fundraising. Meet our team:

Mark O’Doherty - Head of Fundraising and Retail

Our Head of Fundraising and Retail is Mark O’Doherty.
Having spent twenty years’ working in the private sector with companies specialising in branding, advertising and marketing communications, Mark decided to apply his experience and skill set to the non profit sector. In 2010, he applied for and won a much coveted place on the Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference Programme. Since then, he has worked in Fundraising and Communication roles with a number of charities. Mark believes in leading by example and has participated in two parachute jumps and two Camino walks to date for charity.
He recently completed a Masters in Management: Community & Voluntary Services. Mark joined Down Syndrome Ireland as Head of Fundraising and Retail in March 2016.
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Mark O’Doherty

Head of Fundraising and Retail

Our Head of Fundraising and Retail is Mark O’Doherty.


Having spent twenty years’ working in the private sector with companies specialising in branding, advertising and marketing communications, Mark decided to apply his experience and skill set to the non profit sector. In 2010, he applied for and won a much coveted place on the Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference Programme. Since then, he has worked in Fundraising and Communication roles with a number of charities. Mark believes in leading by example and has participated in two parachute jumps and two Camino walks to date for charity.


He recently completed a Masters in Management: Community & Voluntary Services. Mark joined Down Syndrome Ireland as Head of Fundraising and Retail in March 2016.

Mark can be contacted at mark@downsyndrome.ie or (01) 563 2463.

Kathleen Fitzsimons - Corporate Fundraiser

Our Corporate Fundraiser is Kathleen Fitzsimons.
For the past 15 years, Kathleen has been working in the Charity Sector. In Tesco Ireland HO she introduced and ran the Tesco Charity of the Year and helped to raise over 4.5million for national charity organisations. She has worked directly for a number of charities for the past 10 years and joined Down Syndrome Ireland in 2012 and introduced a number of new fundraising initiatives.
Kathleen is very passionate about the work she does and really enjoys working to support people with Down syndrome and their families.
Kathleen can be contacted at kathleen@downsyndrome.ie and (01) 5632456 / 087 418 0175.
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Kathleen Fitzsimons

Corporate Fundraiser

Our Corporate Fundraiser is Kathleen Fitzsimons.
For the past 15 years, Kathleen has been working in the Charity Sector. In Tesco Ireland HO she introduced and ran the Tesco Charity of the Year and helped to raise over 4.5million for national charity organisations. She has worked directly for a number of charities for the past 10 years and joined Down Syndrome Ireland in 2012 and introduced a number of new fundraising initiatives.
Kathleen is very passionate about the work she does and really enjoys working to support people with Down syndrome and their families.
Kathleen can be contacted at kathleen@downsyndrome.ie and (01) 5632456 / 087 418 0175.

Sandra Boland - Fundraising Events Co-ordinator

Our Fundraising Events Co-ordinator is Sandra Boland
Sandra joined Down Syndrome Ireland in 2006. Over the years Sandra has taken over the management of numerous campaigns and events such as the HB Hazelbrook Farm Ice Cream Campaign. Sandra has a degree in Business Studies specialising in Human Resource Management and a Certificate in Event Management.
Sandra likes to lead by example and thinks it’s vital that she can share our supporters experience so she has participated in a Skydive, Mini Marathon and Hell and Back.
Sandra has now set her sights on our cycling events and has taken her bike out of retirement so she can have an understanding of what our supporters go through.
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Sandra Boland

Fundraising Events Co-ordinator

Our Fundraising Events Co-ordinator is Sandra Boland
Sandra joined Down Syndrome Ireland in 2006. Over the years Sandra has taken over the management of numerous campaigns and events such as the HB Hazelbrook Farm Ice Cream Campaign. Sandra has a degree in Business Studies specialising in Human Resource Management and a Certificate in Event Management.
Sandra likes to lead by example and thinks it’s vital that she can share our supporters experience so she has participated in a Skydive, Mini Marathon and Hell and Back.
Sandra has now set her sights on our cycling events and has taken her bike out of retirement so she can have an understanding of what our supporters go through.
Sandra can be contacted at sandrab@downsyndrome.ie or (01) 4266500

Sandra is currently on Maternity Leave (July 2018).

Emilee Graham - Fundraising Assistant

Emilee is the newest member of the Fundraising Team, having  completed her MA Degree at University College Dublin in 2017 and joined DSI at the start of 2018. Her background is in the arts non-profit sector, having worked with youth orchestras, chamber ensembles, and theatres in Boston and Dublin, but is now really enjoying getting stuck into the fundraising role with DSI.

She is originally from the St. Louis, Missouri so likes to spend her free time exploring Dublin and taking trips throughout Europe. Read More

Emilee Graham

Fundraising Assistant

Emilee is the newest member of the Fundraising Team, having  completed her MA Degree at University College Dublin in 2017 and joined DSI at the start of 2018. Her background is in the arts non-profit sector, having worked with youth orchestras, chamber ensembles, and theatres in Boston and Dublin, but is now really enjoying getting stuck into the fundraising role with DSI.

She is originally from the St. Louis, Missouri so likes to spend her free time exploring Dublin and taking trips throughout Europe.

Sorcha O’Neill - Fundraising Events Co-Ordinator

Sorcha has worked in the not for profit sector internationally for almost 10 years. She has recently returned from Australia, where she was a national logistics manager for cancer charities across Australia and New Zealand, raising over AU$36 million in her 4 years with them. Her passion lies in the charity sector; fundraising events in particular and she wants to put all of her experiences to date, towards the betterment of the charity sector here in Ireland. She has taken part in numerous fundraising events including the largest cycling event in Australia and our own Women’s Mini Marathon. Sorcha is currently covering for Sandra who is on maternity leave. Sorcha can be contacted at sorcha@downsyndrome.ie and (01) 4266500.  Sorcha is currently covering Sandra Boland's Read More

Sorcha O’Neill

Fundraising Events Co-Ordinator

Sorcha has worked in the not for profit sector internationally for almost 10 years. She has recently returned from Australia, where she was a national logistics manager for cancer charities across Australia and New Zealand, raising over AU$36 million in her 4 years with them. Her passion lies in the charity sector; fundraising events in particular and she wants to put all of her experiences to date, towards the betterment of the charity sector here in Ireland. She has taken part in numerous fundraising events including the largest cycling event in Australia and our own Women’s Mini Marathon. Sorcha is currently covering for Sandra who is on maternity leave. Sorcha can be contacted at sorcha@downsyndrome.ie and (01) 4266500.  Sorcha is currently covering Sandra Boland's Maternity Leave (July 2018).

Retail Team

Down Syndrome Ireland has a growing number of Charity Shops which are an integral part of our annual fundraising activity as they provide much needed sustainable income on a regular basis.

Barbara McCarthy - Charity Shop Manager

Barbara joined Down Syndrome Ireland in July 2017.  She brings over 20 years experience working in retail in the charity sector to our shops in Kimmage and GPO where she is Manager.  Barbara enjoys working with her dedicated team of volunteers as they work together to develop a strong customer base, all the while promoting the values of Down Syndrome Ireland. She can be contacted at barbara@downsyndrome.ie or 086 0274178. Read More

Barbara McCarthy

Charity Shop Manager

Barbara joined Down Syndrome Ireland in July 2017. 

She brings over 20 years experience working in retail in the charity sector to our shops in Kimmage and GPO where she is Manager. 

Barbara enjoys working with her dedicated team of volunteers as they work together to develop a strong customer base, all the while promoting the values of Down Syndrome Ireland. She can be contacted at barbara@downsyndrome.ie or 086 0274178.

Marian Kane - Charity Shop Manager

Marian is the Retail Manager of our Clondalkin, Finglas and Kilbarrack shops. She joined Down Syndrome Ireland in March 2016 after spending over a decade working in the private sector and another decade running her  own successful  floristry business. During this time Marian also enjoyed volunteering for a number of charities. Marian has opened 3 new shops along with relocating one. Having studied Human Communications in UCD she loves all the challenges of her role, working with fantastic teams of volunteers and especially meeting customers from all walks of life and all with a story to be told. Marian can be contacted at marian@downsyndrome.ie or on 086 046 3582. Read More

Marian Kane

Charity Shop Manager

Marian is the Retail Manager of our Clondalkin, Finglas and Kilbarrack shops.

She joined Down Syndrome Ireland in March 2016 after spending over a decade working in the private sector and another decade running her  own successful  floristry business. During this time Marian also enjoyed volunteering for a number of charities.

Marian has opened 3 new shops along with relocating one. Having studied Human Communications in UCD she loves all the challenges of her role, working with fantastic teams of volunteers and especially meeting customers from all walks of life and all with a story to be told.

Marian can be contacted at marian@downsyndrome.ie or on 086 046 3582.

Operations

George Oliver - Projects Manager

George previously worked in the life and pensions industry where he held a number of roles including Head of Operation and Customer Services.
He is currently working on a number of key projects for DSI including the Champ (DSI member database) system, compliance and insurance review.
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George Oliver

Projects Manager

George previously worked in the life and pensions industry where he held a number of roles including Head of Operation and Customer Services.
He is currently working on a number of key projects for DSI including the Champ (DSI member database) system, compliance and insurance review.