About Us


Down syndrome Ireland “Laois Branch” was established on the 7th of March 1995. We are the Principle Organisation supporting families of people with Down Syndrome in Laois. The Laois Branch operates under the umbrella of Down Syndrome Ireland which has 25 Branches throughout the Country.

We currently represent over 60 families throughout county Laois. We have adopted a “Cradle to Grave Philosophy” whereby our members are supported throughout their lifetime. In support of this policy we have extended our therapeutic services to include not only Speech and Language and Occupational Therapies but also now Chiropody, Reflexology, Physiotherapy, Yoga, Swimming, Music & Cycling. These services are available at greatly reduced rates for all our members.

We run a range of social events such as Summer camps, Outings and Parties throughout the year to help build up lifelong friendships between our members. We also support our members by providing a number of educational talks and resources for families on issues such as Health & Wellbeing, Dressing Skills, Practical Tips for School Age Children & Numeracy.

New Clinics will commence shortly supporting Mental Health & Wellbeing.

If you would like to become a member of our branch you can be guaranteed a warm and sincere welcome. You will find further information about becoming a member under the membership section.

Our Mission Statement


Laois Down Syndromes goal is to help people with Down syndrome make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.

Laois Down Syndrome promotes inclusion, equality and choices for people with Down syndrome and their families.

We also promote the rights of all people with an intellectual disability in Ireland to ensure their full and equal participation in society.

 

Our Headquarters


All services are facilitated from one central location. The Laois Down Syndrome Family Centre, Gort Na Noir, Abbeyleix is an excellent facility which comprises of three meeting rooms and one large conference room. Providing our services from one central location ensures consistency in services for all our members.

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Wonderful day today at the Rathdowney Pop Up Shop. The lads were delighted to meet Santa for the first time this year but not the last. Thanks to everyone who organised and helped out at the fundraiser today in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" especially Paddy Keyes from Live at Rathdowney Crib and the Grady family, especially Dylan.
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Wonderful day today at the Rathdowney Pop Up Shop.  The lads were delighted to meet Santa for the first time this year but not the last.  Thanks to everyone who organised and helped out at the fundraiser today in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland Laois Branch especially Paddy Keyes from Live at Rathdowney Crib and the Grady family, especially Dylan.

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Mary GormanWell done Dylan 💕 Santa's little helper....

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Santa will be visiting Rathdowney Pop Up Village today where, along with his grotto there will be real live animals also provided by Rathdowney Crib who are also doing an ongoing fundraiser in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch". Can all DSI "Laois Branch" families please come along and support this event today.
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Santa will be visiting Rathdowney Pop Up Village today where, along with his grotto there will be real live animals also provided by Rathdowney Crib who are also doing an ongoing fundraiser in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland Laois Branch.  Can all DSI Laois Branch families please come along and support this event today.

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Mary McgavinGorgeous pic Clare

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Mary GormanLook at that smile bet it's not for the camera ....(chocolate cake) as ordered eh Clare xxxxx

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Calling all Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" families, don't forget this Sunday the 19th of November Rathdowney Pop Up Village, Santa is coming at 1.30pm and they are doing a fundraiser in aid of our Branch also. Can all families who are able to, please come along and show your support. ... See MoreSee Less

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This was beautiful. What an inspiration!

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ATTENTION ALL DOWN SYNDROME IRELAND "LAOIS BRANCH" FAMILIES. Rathdowney Crib will be running a fundraiser in Aid of DSI "Laois Branch" next Sunday the 19th of November in the Rathdowney Pop Up Village. The Santa wagon will be arriving around 1.30pm and he will be in his grotto for the afternoon for visits from our members. Please come along and support this event. Members will be able to ride in Santa's wagon also, so come along and have a wonderful afternoon. Rathdowney Pop Up Village will be open from 11am until 5pm in the evening. And remember, all funds raised in Laois stays in Laois for the benefit of our families here in Laois. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tickets are selling fast for our 'Let US Shine' Fashion & Variety Show in just over 2 weeks time! It's going to be an afternoon of fun, glamour, glitter & talent as our models & performers (all people...

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We met a young man called Michael Brett from Athlone at the craft fair today. Michael has down Syndrome and makes all his own gift-ware for sale and has also produced a book. Please support this young man's stall, he is beside Mary's Crafty Ideas stall. A very talented young man.
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We met a young man called Michael Brett from Athlone at the craft fair today.  Michael has down Syndrome and makes all his own gift-ware for sale and has also produced a book.  Please support this young mans stall, he is beside Marys Crafty Ideas stall.  A very talented young man.

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Mary GormanBought a Christmas decoration from him so talented and a lovely lad.

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The Kildare Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland are holding a New Parents Conference for parents of children 0-3yrs on 17th Feb next. If anyone interested please checkout advert on Kildare Branch of Down Syndrome Facebook page ... See MoreSee Less

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"One thing’s for certain – this little girl is spreading joy wherever she goes!"

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In a few weeks the Task Force for Personalised Budgets will finish their report on schedule and I'll be bringing forward their recommendations to the government. Over the past few months, chair Chris...