Monday, September 25, 2017
Frontline Issue 89
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by Stephen Kealy

Stephen Kealy

The cover of this issue features Cillian having fun—and that is a large component of a good life. The summer paralympians reminded us what can be achieved in spite of what appear to be significant obstacles—achievements that reflected their interest, determination, motivation and desire to succeed—a real demonstration of the art of the possible...

by Stephen Conlon

Community Polytunnel

My friend Greg and I started a project three years ago that we were passionate about. Our passion is gardening and Greg and I have a medium-size garden in a polytunnel. Our polytunnel is at the back of the house where I live, which is called Cara Cheshire Home in the Phoenix Park...

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The benefits of national standards and inspections of services. Joe Wolfe and Trevor Nesirky introduce the fourth and final article in the series about standards. It focuses on their view of the potential benefits of the standards and the inspection process for people with an intellectual disability. (Contact email:

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is the statutory authority with responsibility for setting standards for health and social care services and for ensuring that such standards are met. This responsibility extends to residential services / centres for people with disabilities...

Stephen Brown, Adrian Hand, Frances Tynan, James Baxter, James McWeeney, St Christopher’s Services, Co. Longford.

Rights Poster

In April 2011 we got together with the help of Pat Maloney and Audrey Ryan and formed an advocacy group which talked about our rights. This group met once a week for six weeks. At the end of the 6 weeks a working group was set up, who worked on the signs and how we would tell everyone about our book of rights...

by Áine Lawlor

Áine Lawlor
Áine Lawlor

My name is Áine Lawlor and I am 28 years old. I did a course in Killester College. I did a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) course for two years. The course was a year-long, but they let me do it over two years, so the pressure was taken off me that way. Also I got a disability worker to help me.

by Mary Moran

Cillian at Dundalk

Like in so many families, sporting activities, reading and indeed all hobbies are things that have been incorporated into my children’s lives—often without realising the full rewards they bring. For my four eldest children, from when they started school (and sometimes before that, if they showed an interest), weekends in our home became absorbed into one long taxi ride, ferrying children to and from music lessons, sports and various other social outings...

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Ability West’s Team Adult Day Service, Tuam, took part in the Irish Performing Arts Festival (IPAF) in Cork this year for the fourth time. The IPAF is about creativity, inclusion, collective and individual experience and the arts. It provides opportunities for artists from all backgrounds to share skills and develop relationships. The IPAF showcases the outstanding talents and abilities of people with intellectual disability and autism...

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by Kathy Murphy

Sanctuary Play

Any one of these points would uplift any professional theatre company. All of these are the experience this autumn for Blue Teapot Theatre Company, a professional theatre company for men and women with intellectual disabilities (ID) based in Galway city. This year Blue Teapot commissioned and produced a new play, Sanctuary, by Christian O’Reilly...