In the Community: Down Syndrome Ireland

Boyne Valley Honey have been supporters of Down Syndrome Ireland since 1996. The annual Boyne Valley Honey Days raises vital funds for this very worthwhile cost. Down Syndrome Ireland is an organisation of people with Down syndrome and their parents and guardians. It has over 3000 member families with 25 branches nationwide, and is funded by voluntary contributions and events organised by its members.

Down Syndrome Ireland has grown from modest beginnings in 1971 into a truly national organisation. It is the biggest single group concerned with the welfare of people with a learning disability in Ireland.

Since 1996 funds raised through Boyne Valley Honey Days campaigns have contributed towards:-

  • Pioneering medical research and the publication of medical guidelines on ‘Medical Management of Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome in Ireland
  • The establishment of ‘Mainstream Education’ and ‘Early Intervention Programs’
  • The national and regional support of Down Syndrome Ireland and the association’s 24 regional branches.

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Press Release: 
TV3’s Martin King creates a buzz at the launch of Down Syndrome Ireland’s Honey Days Campaign...

TV3's Martin King today (Monday, 1st October 2012) created a buzz as he joined a number of children with Down Syndrome to celebrate the launch of Down Syndrome Ireland's 2012 Honey Days campaign. The campaign will take place throughout October with hundreds of volunteers and supporters across the country selling Boyne Valley mini honey pots for €2 or honey lollipops for €1 and together helping the thousands of people with Down Syndrome in Ireland. The campaign which is generously supported by “The Boyne Valley Honey Company” is one of Down Syndrome Ireland’s largest fundraiser and is in its 17th year.

As part of the campaign, Down Syndrome Ireland are running a nationwide photography competition for the best snap of a “Busy Bee Honey Days Volunteer.” All you have to do is take a photo of any volunteer you see selling honey pots and honey lollies and e mail it to The Boyne Valley Honey Company is giving away a fabulous iPad to the photographer who takes the winning photo of a volunteer with the best Honey Days branding display.

Commenting on today’s campaign launch Pat Clarke, Chief Executive of Down Syndrome Ireland said, “Without the generous support from Martin King and Boyne Valley Honey our annual national fundraiser would not be possible. Down Syndrome Ireland is 97% funded by voluntary contributions and without this good will and support we would not be able to provide our nationwide services to our 3,000 member families, which are in huge demand and under resourced.”

Funds raised from the campaign are shared between the National organisation and local branches and so monies raised support a wide range of projects at both local and national level. If you would like to help - telephone 01 4266500, follow us on Facebook or visit