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We provide a point of contact for new parents and offer relevant information and support.

We have recently commenced a Parents Evening which will run twice annually. This is with a view to afford all parents the opportunity outside of therapies and branch events to get together and exchange ideas and offer support to each other.

The birth of a baby is an exciting and happy time for the whole family. When the diagnosis of Down syndrome is made it can be a great shock. We understand that your life is no longer following the road you expected. You are not alone. We hope we can help you to celebrate your baby’s life.

You may experience a whole range of emotions. The feelings of joy at having a new baby may be mixed with uncertainty, shock, disappointment, anger, and sometimes fear for the future. This may be a stressful time for parents and their families not knowing what to expect for their child and what to expect from themselves. You are not alone. We are here to support you at this time.

Our aim is to help babies with Down syndrome develop and achieve their potential and as they grow to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way. Down Syndrome Ireland promotes inclusion, equality and choices for people with Down syndrome and their families.

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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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Jackie WhelanAshley Whelan..show Caitlyn ❤️❤️

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Mary RiceInspiring young woman. . . Super 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🌹🌹

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Alison Shearer-herridgeTruly inspiring.x

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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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Inspiring expression.

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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...