Down Syndrome Ireland “Laois Branch” AGM

Down Syndrome Ireland “Laois Branch” AGM

Wednesday 11/03/2020 at 8Pm Sharp

A good turnout at our AGM in our Family Centre in Gort Na nOir Abbeyleix. Outgoing chairperson Margaret Miron gave a full report on the Branch activities and supports over the last year, including a full financial report. The Branch is engaged in some major projects in the coming year and we are looking forward to the challenge in supporting our members to complete the life cycle through Independent Living and meaningful paid employment.  Michael Gorman gave a report on the Laois “Field of Dreams” project and the Independent Living building project which will be running alongside the “Field of Dreams” Employment Training Centre of Excellence in Abbeyleix.

Part of attendance at AGM: Photo:
Front: Shane Greene Second Row: Left to Right: Pauline Shaughnessy, Terry Shaughnessy, Michael Greene.Third Row: Left to Right: John Bergin, Helen Bergin, Ashley Whelan, Amy Lalor, Myra Drennan. Fourth Row:
Left to Right: Antoinette Dowling, Margaret Miron, Karen Walsh.
Back Row:Left to Right: Kathleen Maher, Dan Sinnott.

Members were disappointed that the Abbeyleix St. Patrick’s Day Parade had to be called off due to the Corona Virus, as our members have taken part in the Parade for the last number of years.

Huge thanks was expressed to the three outgoing Principal Officers Margaret Miron (Chair) Myra Drennan (Secretary) and Michael Greene (Treasurer) who have all completed a three-year term in their respective roles to very great effect.

The new committee was elected as follows:

Chairperson Michael Gorman

Vice Chair Margaret Miron

Secretary Amy Lalor

Vice secretary Myra Drennan

Treasurer Karen Walsh

Vice Treasurer Michael Greene


Kathleen Maher, Antoinette Dowling, Jackie Whelan and Ashley Whelan.