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Take a Leap for Down Syndrome Limerick Abseil at Thomond Park  



 Down Syndrome Limerick Abseil – Pictured above are Down Syndrome Limerick members Brian Lowe, Fia Rogers and Charlie Tuffy at Thomond Park

Take a Leap for Down Syndrome Limerick Abseil at Thomond Park  

Down Syndrome Limerick are asking you to take a leap of faith on Saturday, September 18 by abseiling down Thomond Park to raise funds to support children and adults with Down syndrome who live in the region.    

Thomond Park, the home of Munster Rugby, is one of Limerick’s most iconic venues. Participants will take in the amazing views over the city and the River Shannon before their descent. It will be an unforgettable day for all involved.    




The cost of entry for the Down Syndrome Limerick Abseil is €30 (plus fee) and all participants who take part are requested to raise a minimum of €250 for Down Syndrome Limerick. As a bonus, everyone registered before August 1st will receive a free event t-shirt! The motto of Munster Rugby is “to the brave and faithful, nothing is impossible”. Is that you? Can you take that leap for the Limerick community?   


Ellen Tuffy, Chairperson of Down Syndrome Limerick said, “This is the first time that we have undertaken an abseiling event as a fundraiser, and we are very excited about it. A big thank you to Sarah Kiely, Limerick Metropolitan Mayor and Councillor, who is the mastermind for the Down Syndrome Limerick Abseil event and a big supporter of the work that we do. As a local charity, we are delighted to have the support of Thomond Park and we have partnered with Nevsail, who have lots of experience with running similar events in this iconic Munster venue. We cannot wait to welcome all participants and corporate sponsors to the event, to thank them for the support that they are giving to our children. We provide therapies and supports to people of all ages with Down syndrome and need funding to be able to continue our work. We can’t do it on our own and that is why we are asking you to take this leap with us.”  

Down Syndrome Limerick is a local charity based in Castletroy which supports over 150 children and adults with Down syndrome. The charity is managed by parents voluntarily. They are an associated branch of Down Syndrome Ireland which is celebrating 50 years in existence this year! They provide essential therapies such as Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy, provide training to parents, teachers and SNAs and run adult education programmes that provide their members with the necessary skills to gain meaningful employment.    


Down Syndrome Limerick are currently looking for funding to open a satellite centre in West Limerick to deliver services more locally to children and adults living in that area. They are also seeking funding to commence a social and therapeutic horticulture project which would complement their adult education programme which aims to improve employment opportunities for people with Down syndrome.  Charlotte, mum to Daithí aged 2 says “Down Syndrome Limerick is providing an invaluable support system to Daithí. He is able to achieve his milestones through continuous individually tailored therapy sessions. They also provide our family with so much guidance, advice and friendship, showing us what Daithí can achieve with a helping hand from the charity”. Michelle, mum to Brian aged 20 says, “The charity has given Brian great support in developing his communication skills and speech and his confidence also. He has made lifelong friends there too through all of the fantastic social activities that they run for their members”.    

Cllr Sarah Kiely says, “Volunteers are the backbone of our community and Down Syndrome Limerick is no different. The work they do is vital for people with Down syndrome and their families. I’m just delighted to help them in any way I can. I see the support they get and how it positively impacts their lives. We all have challenges in life to overcome, so if you’d like to help some very special people in getting over theirs, this is the challenge for you!”.   

For more information on the charity go HERE 

To get involved in the exciting event go HERE 

For more stories on Down, Syndrome Limerick go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.