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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Rathdowney Crib Volunteers make a cheque Presentation of €1,000.00 to Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" in our Family Centre in Gort Na nOir Abbelleix on Tuesday evening last. A huge thank you to Paddy Keyes, Noel Bailey, not in photo, Shel Grady and all the Grady family who put such great work into this fundraiser over the whole Christmas period. These funds will be so vital to Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch", especially in the coming year when we unveil our next major project. This project will transform the lives of so many of our members, now and into the future. We would please ask everyone to get behind our group and fundraise when this project is unveiled to make sure it succeeds to the benefit of all.
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Rathdowney Crib Volunteers make a cheque Presentation of €1,000.00 to Down Syndrome Ireland Laois Branch in our Family Centre in Gort Na nOir Abbelleix on Tuesday evening last. A huge thank you to Paddy Keyes, Noel Bailey, not in photo, Shel Grady and all the Grady family who put such great work into this fundraiser over the whole Christmas period.  These funds will be so vital to Down Syndrome Ireland Laois Branch, especially in the coming year when we unveil our next major project.  This project will transform the lives of so many of our members, now and into the future.  We would please ask everyone to get behind our group and fundraise when this project is unveiled to make sure it succeeds to the benefit of all.

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It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Paddy Brophy Chairman of Emo GAA. Paddy was one of those so instrumental in raising funds through the Great Solo Run, from which Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" benefitted to the tune of €20,000.00 through the efforts of Emo GAA of which Paddy was Chair. Paddy came across as a genuine person who was passionate in raising as much funds as possible for our members with DS. Our condolences to all Paddy's family and many friends around the county and beyond. RIP ... See MoreSee Less

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A great afternoon was had by everyone at the Panto on Sunday. Another great day out for Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" family members. Great food thanks to the Dunamaise staff, great company and a great show, just perfect.
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A great afternoon was had by everyone at the Panto on Sunday.  Another great day out for Down Syndrome Ireland Laois Branch family members.  Great food thanks to the Dunamaise staff, great company and a great show, just perfect.

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Fantastic photos great panto 😉

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Don't forget folks, tonight at our Family Centre in Gort Na nOir Abbeyleix, a cheque Presentation by Rathdowney Crib from their fundraiser at Christmas in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch". Can everyone who can make it try to be there for 7.20pm and cheque presentation will take place at 7.30pm. Let's all show our appreciation for the wonderful efforts of these people on behalf of our children and adults with intellectual difficulties. ... See MoreSee Less