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James Casserly meets TaoiseachIn this section Councillor Casserly will update readers about disability access and offers for carers and parents across South Dublin County. If you or your business would like to add to the list please contact us.

Central Key for Accessible Toilets:

One central key to open accessible toilets in Governments Buildings and some private buildings such as Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, The Square Tallaght, Dublin Zoo is available from J Williams Locksmiths, 12 Bow Lane East, Mercer St, Dublin 2 (behind Stephens Green Shopping Centre) Tel 01 4756307. Unfortunately there is no list of buildings where these locks have been fitted but feel free to let us know and we can list them. J Williams is the only locksmith who supplies the key as they hold the patent. The key costs €14.50 or can be sent out by registered post for an additional cost.

Áras an Uachtaráin – OPW Guided Tours:

OPW guided tours of the main reception rooms of Áras an Uachtaráin are available almost every Saturday all year round. Each tour takes about an hour and tours are free of charge. Tickets are issued on a first-come-first-served basis from the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on Saturdays. Group and/or advance booking is not possible.

The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre (01 677 0095) is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. Tours of Áras an Uachtaráin are at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, and 3.30pm.

The Áras also has a Changing Place Facility…

The new ‘Changing Places’ facilities at Áras an Uachtaráin are the first installed in any building managed by the Office of Public Works.

The toilet and changing facilities – which offer a height-adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a ceiling track hoist and ample space for carers – are part of a programme of work by the Office of Public Works to ensure Áras an Uachtaráin meets the needs and expectations of the people who use them.

Find out more about Changing Places by visiting Councillor Casserly’s website here.

Rainforest Adventure Golf:

Rainforest Adventure Golf is committed to ensuring that everyone has the same fun-filled minigolf experience. As a state of the art, purpose-built minigolf venue in Dublin that has incorporated all access amenities Rainforest Adventure Golf guarantees that the centre is completely accessible for disabled visitors.

The facility is:

  • Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Easily accessed via elevator specifically designed for ease of use
  • Stimulating and relaxed environment

Prices for guests with special needs start at €4.50 to play 18-hole course and €6.75 for 36-holes. Carers go in for free.

Parent & Toddler Groups:

St Andrews Parish Centre    Lucan Village
Monday Mornings at 10.15 – 11.45
Cost €3 per family
Contact Helen (parish secretary) 01 6240976

Kids & Carers Methodist Church Lucan Village
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Mornings at 10.15 – 12.00
Contact Siobhan Farrelly 0852704402 or email kidsandcarers@gmail.com

St Marys Parish Church
Thursday Morning at 10.30-12.00
Cost: No charge
Contact Deirdre (parish secretary) 01-6217041

Parent and Baby Group: Rosse Court Resource Centre
Tuesday 10.00am-12.00pm Room B2.
No Cost

Griffeen Centre (Beside Griffeen Educate Together National School)
Womens Group Friday 10.30-12.00
Play Group Wednesday 10.30

Football For All:

The FAI Football for All Club Programme has been established in Peamount FC, ensuring the inclusion of children of all disabilities. Contact Pat McMahon for more info 0876538252.

Esker Celtic has seen an unprecedented interest in the Football For All programme but are now re-opening for new players
Please call Keith Nolan on 085 7793113 or send an email to keith@eskerceltic.ie for more information.

Imaginosity:

Accessibility – Imaginosity is committed to giving all children a meaningful experience that enhances and celebrates their abilities. The facility provide exhibits, programmess and public spaces that are inclusive and interactive for all visitors. Museum staff have been trained how to best help visitors with various needs. If you are planning a visit to the museum, you can ask for use of any of the services provided. A staff member will be happy to assist you. Guide and Assistance Dogs are welcome.

Visitors – A free carer ticket is available on request for anyone who needs extra assistance to visit. This ticket is available for families and groups.
Imaginosity has also developed a pre-visit guide developed for special needs groups which is accessible and downloadable and can be viewed here.

Programming – Imaginosity has developed a sensory story workshop in conjunction with Childvision, www.stjosephsvi.ie, creating Sensory Story Boards which correspond with the story being told and are used during the workshop as a very tactile and multisensory way of reading a story.
Imaginosity runs a ‘Festival of Stories’ every year which encourages families to read together and learn to tell their own stories together.

Irish Wheelchair Association Sport:

Are you aged 4-14? New Members Are welcome. The Swifts Sports Club meet most weekends at the Irish Wheelchair Association HQ in Blackheath Drive Clontarf. If you are interested in joining the team call Nick Barker at 0876456468.

Accessible Community Transport Schemes:

Lucan Disability Action Group operates in Lucan and surrounding areas. They offer door to door transport services for a nominal fee. LDAG can also assist in areas They also have a PA service and Maintenance programme. More information can be found at http://www.ldag.ie or by phoning the office at 01 6100475.

Horse Riding:

Fettercain Youth Horse Project – This organisation has experience of providing small group riding lessons for children and young people with physical and learning difficulties. Call 014627214 or email fyph@eircom.net

Cinema:

Vue Cinema Liffey Valley: Offer a companion pass for persons with disability attending the cinema. Ask when booking.
Vue Cinema offer Autism Friendly viewings. Ask for schedule at counter for further information.

Odeon Blanchardstown: Offer a companion pass for persons with disability attending the cinema. Ask when booking.

Theatre:

Olympia Theatre – Can advise if there is a companion pass available. Can also assist with booking if additional needs are required. Phone Gareth in the box office on 016793323 and press 1.

Bord Gais Energy Theatre: Can advise if there is a companion pass available. Can also assist with booking if additional needs are required. Phone Box Office on 01 6777770.

Dublin Zoo:

Offers a carers pass and is accessible venue; for more information see http://www.dublinzoo.ie

Concerts/Events:

MCD events for those with disability; email access@mcd.ie for information on tickets or call Ticketmaster Accessibility Line on 0818903001 stating the booking you would like to make.

Aiken Promotions Events for those with disability; email tickets@aikenpromotions.com for information on tickets or call Ticketmaster Accessibility Line on 0818903001 stating the booking you would like to make.

 

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