Down Syndrome Limerick is a community of children and adults with Down Syndrome and their families. The charity is run by parents on a voluntary basis. We have therapists and teachers that provide the services we need. We have administrative support to help us with the day to day financial and operational management of the centre. We have numerous volunteers that help us with events, fundraising and running our classes. We are a team and we work together to make a difference to the lives of our children.
Hi I’m Barry Rogers. My wife Aine and I have 3 children. Fia is our youngest and is living with Down Syndrome. We’ve been members of Down Syndrome Limerick since Fia arrived five years ago. We’ve made great friends and received super support in that time. This is my first year on the committee.
Hi my name is Caoilinn Kennedy I joined Down Syndrome Limerick in October 2022 just after my beautiful baby Milo was born. We were so delighted to be welcomed into the Down Syndrome Limerick community and received lots of support. I have worked in the area of education and support for many years and I am hopeful that I can use some of my experience to contribute positively to the organisation.
Hi everyone, I’m Catherine Donovan (Ka) a very proud mom to Lilliana age 7. I have actively been part of DSL for the past 5 years, attending events and helping out as much as I can. I’m new to the committee this year and I wanted to give back for everything Lilliana has been getting from DSL Lilliana has made so many life long friendships here and so have I. I am looking forward to the year ahead.
Hi, I am Charlotte Hanley, from Ballingarry in Limerick. I am a Quality Engineer by profession, and I have 4 beautiful sons. My third son, Daithí, was blessed with an extra chromosome and I have been involved with DSL since his arrival. I have been the secretary for the last 2 years and this year take up the role of Treasurer. I love that there is a bright future, of education, support, friendship and community available to Daithí at Down Syndrome Limerick
Hi, I’m Colleen Nevin, I’ve been a member of Down Syndrome Limerick since December 2022 when my daughter Hallie was born with Down Syndrome. The past 10 months has opened my eyes to a brand new beautiful community and although I am a fairly new member, I’m looking forward to getting more actively involved in DSL in the coming months and years.
My name is Ellen Tuffy. I’m a mum of two kids. Our youngest, Charlie, is 6 years old and has Down Syndrome. I’ve been on the committee at Down Syndrome Limerick for almost 5 years and feel blessed to be a part of the DSL family.
Hi, my name is Helen Spillane, and I’ve been involved with Down Syndrome Limerick since January 2021 after our bonus baby Dan óg arrived. Together with the help of other Mums Ania and Gene, we set up our monthly Playgroup last year, and it has grown into a lovely meet-up. This is my first year becoming a committee member, so I am looking forward to being involved.
My name is Kate Lynch. I live in the city with my husband Damien and 2 children, MJ and Saibh. Saibh is our little darling with Down Syndrome. She is a 2 year old Diva!
Hi my name is Louise Daly I am mum to 3 children, Ameliya my youngest is 7. I am a member in Down Syndrome Limerick 7 years and I am part of the committee 5 years. I am also the parent link for DSL 5 years in February. DSL has been such an amazing support to my family and especially Ameliya and we are forever grateful.
Hi, I’m Marie Hayes, mum to 4 children including my daughter Ruth who has Down syndrome. Ruth is 9 years old & is in third class. We have been members of Down Syndrome Limerick since Ruth was quite young. I have been involved with the committee on a number of occasions over the years & have volunteered & supported at many Down Syndrome Limerick events. I look forward to working with the committee over the coming months to continue the great momentum in our organisation.
Hi my name is Marie Condon. I have two kids. Erin 6 years & Fionn 8 months. I joined Down Syndrome Limerick following the birth of our daughter Erin who has Down Syndrome. During this challenging time we reach out for support of Down Syndrome Limerick. I joined the committee to be part of this amazing Down Syndrome family & to help.
Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the new Chairperson of Down Syndrome Limerick, I’ve been a member for the past 3 years and actively volunteered over the past year at Down Syndrome Limerick events. My connection with Down Syndrome Limerick is through my uncle Seamus who is 77 and who now lives with his friends in a house run by the Brothers of Charity in Foynes, Co. Limerick.
I am Paudie Murray, my family have been members of the Down Syndrome Limerick community for almost 10 years. Our primary focus is to build better lives and create better futures for our family members with Down Syndrome.
Hi, my name is Paul Burkley and I’m father to Brian who was born in 2008. We were quickly introduced to Down Syndrome Limerick and it’s been a real rock for us over the years. My wife Bedelia has served on the committee in Brian’s early years, so now it’s my turn to do my bit. Brian has an older sister Katie May and a younger sister Tara.