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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"So when a baby with Down syndrome is born, can't we just expect the best and believe they can be anything they want to be?" Olivia Hargroder is an aspiring actress and public speaker from Australia...

Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" added 22 new photos to the album: DSI "Laois Branch" Ballacolla Gym Club Celebrate Lee Whelan's Bir.

The LDS Ballacolla Gym Club got the best of the good weather last night in Granstown Lake and Woods and celebrated Lee Whelan's birthday at the same time.
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The LDS Ballacolla Gym Club got the best of the good weather last night in Granstown Lake and Woods and celebrated Lee Whelans birthday at the same time.

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Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" added 2 new photos to the album: DSI "Laois Branch" Little Rascals and Over 12s Summer Camp.

Another great Summer Camp and trip arranged fpr our members for July 2017. Time running out to get last minute names in.
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Another great Summer Camp and trip arranged fpr our members for July 2017.  Time running out to get last minute names in.

Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" added 5 new photos to the album: Mini Marathon Presentation from one of our Mini Marathon Runners.

A huge thank you to Kathy Simms, one of our Mini Marathon runners, for raising €140.00 for our children and adults by running in the Ladies Mini Marathon this year on behalf of Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch". All funds raised will go towards completing the life cycle of our members through our Cradle to Grave philosophy. Huge thanks to Kathy and everyone like her who help to support our members here in Laois.
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A huge thank you to Kathy Simms, one of our Mini Marathon runners, for raising €140.00 for our children and adults by running in the Ladies Mini Marathon this year on behalf of Down Syndrome Ireland Laois Branch.  All funds raised will go towards completing the life cycle of our members through our Cradle to Grave philosophy.  Huge thanks to Kathy and everyone like her who help to support our members here in Laois.

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Maura WhelanWell Done Kathy!

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Corrina BreretonWell done Kathy.

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Mary GormanWell done Kathy..

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Jackie WhelanGreat stuff....well done Kathy 👍👍👍

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Kathy SimmsA pleasure to be of help to such a worthy group, continued success.

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Anne CassWell done Kathy.

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Sinead SimsWell done Kathy a very worthy cause😀

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Niamh O'DriscollLook at you Kathy Simms ...well done girl...must catch up soon.

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Maria Mc WeyWell done Kathy ....A very worthy cause that's close to your heart ....😀

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Mary McWeyWell done Kathy

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A big thank you to Darling Buds Montessori & Day Care, The Garden Village & Maryborough Village, Portlaoise for hosting a HB Ice Cream Funday Party for Down Syndrome Ireland and raising €157.10. A huge thanks to Emer O’Neill in Darling Buds for co ordinating all the arrangements and to all the families who supported the party on the day. ... See MoreSee Less

On behalf of Mary, Eoin and myself I would like to thank Down Syndrome Ireland “Laois Branch” for all the help and support they have shown to us as a family over the last number of years. We have made great friends, who have been travelling the same or a similar road to ourselves, and who know the true value of such support in our journey together.

Our special children and adults have made lifelong friendships through the DSI "Laois Branch” which is a huge comfort to us for when we are no longer around to look after them ourselves. We know their lifelong friends will always keep an eye out for them. This is a huge comfort to families like our own.

Sometimes it is very easy for us to take things for granted, such as the hugely subsidised therapies and social supports available to our family members through DSI “Laois Branch”. This would not be possible if it were not for the massive generosity of the people of Laois and whom we are so proud to be a part of.

In my own village of Ballacolla, as in all the other towns and villages around our county the support shown to our family members by the local community is truly heart-warming. We are an open and inclusive group and we welcome everyone who wishes to be part of our organisation, whatever their disability.

I just felt that it was important to say thanks for all the hard work put in by everyone on behalf of our family members. I felt that the loyalty and support shown by our member families to our Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland is not always recognised enough, and sometimes we forget to say thanks for all that the Branch provides for our family member.

So, Down Syndrome Ireland “Laois Branch” thank you so much for all that you have done and all that you will continue to do for our son Eoin “The pride of our lives”. The therapies and social supports you provide to Eoin are invaluable and we will always be grateful for all of this, and also the generosity of the people of Laois for making it all possible.

Kind regards Mick Gorman, Father of a very special person.
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Geraldine ByrneVery well said mick 👍

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Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" added 4 new photos to the album: Robyn Campion, Aoife Drennan, Alex Miron graduating Pre-school.

Congratulations to our members Robyn Campion, Aoife Drennan & Alex Miron on graduating from pre school. Best of luck with your school readiness programme with Amanda during the summer & on behalf of all the branch we wish you lots of fun & happiness as you embark on your next journey into Junior Infants in September.
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Congratulations to our members Robyn Campion, Aoife Drennan & Alex Miron on graduating from pre school. Best of luck with your school readiness programme with Amanda during the summer & on behalf of all the branch we wish you lots of fun & happiness as you embark on your next journey into Junior Infants in September.

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Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" added 8 new photos to the album: Tour De Leinster Fundraiser in the Laois Shopping Centre Today.

The last shift today 4pm to 6pm. Our sincere thanks to Kevin Flannery from the Kildare Branch who has put in Trojan work in raising funds for all our Leinster Branches.
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The last shift today 4pm to 6pm.  Our sincere thanks to Kevin Flannery from the Kildare Branch who has put in Trojan work in raising funds for all our Leinster Branches.

Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" added 24 new photos to the album: Monthly Roll n Bowl outing to Roll n Bowl and Supermacs.

Great turnout last night to our monthly Roll n Bowl, 18 of the lads had a great night.
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Great turnout last night to our monthly Roll n Bowl, 18 of the lads had a great night.

Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" added 6 new photos to the album: Another birthday at the Ballacolla LDS Gym Club.

Celebrating Antoinette Dowling's birthday this week at our Tuesday club. We wont say which one.
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Celebrating Antoinette Dowlings birthday this week at our Tuesday club.  We wont say which one.

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Corrina BreretonHappy birthday Antoinette. A lovely lady.

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Mary GormanThanks for remembering me also Antoinette...it was delicious xx

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There is a fundraiser all day today Saturday across from Holland and Barrett in the Laois Shopping Centre Portlaoise in support of the Down Syndrome Ireland "Tour De Leinster" 4 Day Cycle event in September. All Leinster Branches of DSI benefit greatly from this 4 day event. Please come along and support this very worthy cause, our Laois Branch members will benefit from your support. Kevin Flannery has put in the world of work in support of this 4 day event. There will be draws for great prizes on the day also. This fundraiser is going around all the counties in Leinster so don't let our county down. Looking forward to seeing you all there to give your support. ... See MoreSee Less