Category Archives: Support Groups

CTYI Parents’ Groups

Coffee at CTYI

CTYI/Letterkenny: A new CTYI term and lots of new faces! A group of parents got together this morning and went to Costa Coffee in Letterkenny for a chat over coffee. It was great to meet new people and hopefully everyone enjoyed the opportunity to chat and share our experiences. We had a change of venue as the canteen in LYIT was closed. Apologies to anyone I didn’t manage to speak to but hopefully we can meet up next week. Perhaps if anyone interested in going for coffee would like to meet at the front door after dropping the children off, we can go from there. Please come along. It was very informal and just gives us all a chance to meet others in similar circumstances! Hope to see everyone next Saturday! I can be contacted on Edel

CTYI/NUIGalway: Parents had coffee and a lovely chat at the Kingfisher Club while their children were at classes this morning. However, the Restaurant, down the steps directly opposite the entrance to the Arts Millenium Building, looks like a more suitable venue. So, from next Saturday, we will meet there instead. Watch out for the speech bubble logo when you are dropping your child off, or pop over to the restaurant and find us. We covered all sorts of topics today, from school woes to laundry tips, and the time flew by! Don’t worry if you don’t have a child attending classes this term. You are still welcome to drop in and join us between 10am and 12.30pm. You can contact us through

Join us for an Architrek!

Logo for Open House Dublin

If you are looking for something to do with the family next weekend, Open House Dublin may fit the bill.

Many of the events are pre-book only but members of some of our support groups plan to try out the Family Architreks at Trinity and at Dun Laoghaire Waterfront, which are free to everyone. If you would like to join them, Kildare is coordinating the gifted gathering at the Trinity trek and Wicklow/South Dublin the Dun Laoghaire one. Details of the treks below:

Family Architrek: Tour of Trinity

Saturday 5 October, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Guided family tours of Trinity College campus using our specially designed Architrek activity pack. Suitable for: All ages

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers.

Location: Trinity College Dublin, D2 Meeting point: Campanile

Family Architrek: Dún Laoghaire Waterfront

Sunday 6 October, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Guided family activity tours of the waterfront and public spaces of Dún Laoghaire, using our specially designed Architrek activity pack. Tours depart at regular intervals. Suitable for: All ages.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers.

Location: Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Meeting point: DLR Open House Dublin Tent outside ‘Meadows and Byrne’

Join Us at FlightFest

Dublin North Gifted Advocacy and Support group invites you to join them at FlightFest
Flight Fest logo
“FlightFest, a once-in-a-lifetime, international flypast, will take place in the centre of Dublin City on Sunday, 15th September 2013. This will be a truly historic event involving more than 30 aircraft flying at low level following the path of the Liffey right through the centre of Dublin.” FlightFest

Families from the Dublin North Gifted Advocacy and Support group are meeting up at the Custom House on Sunday to experience this exciting event together. If you would like to join them, they would love to hear from you, or see you on the day. For details of how to contact them, visit their page here.

Launch of Gifted Ireland

GiftedIrelandWe are very excited to launch Gifted Ireland as a resource for the gifted community in Ireland. While there are many other stakeholders involved in the support of our children, we believe that it is we as parents who must be the driving force behind change in the way giftedness is dealt with in this country. The future happiness and wellbeing of our own children is at stake and we should not sit back and wait for others to make a move. We must step up to the plate as a group to ensure that our children’s needs are recognised and that they get the support necessary to develop into happy, fulfilled and productive members of society.

The first step is to get organised and that is where Gifted Ireland comes in. We are offering this as the means through which we can form and develop local support groups and through which we can all communicate and collaborate.

Since 2009 our own support group, Gifted Advocacy and Support (GAS), in Wicklow/South Dublin has been a lifesaver for many parents of gifted children. Many nerves have been calmed and frustrations vented over numerous cups of coffee and buns. Friendships have been made and previously undiscovered talents revealed.

As we engaged with other parents around Ireland, it became clear that there is an appetite for more such groups, run by parents at local level. Only parents of gifted children really understand what it is like to be the parent of a gifted child and there is nothing quite like meeting face-to-face with others who “get it”. It is the sharing of experiences that brings us together.

We have a lot of experience supporting our own children, negotiating their way through the education system and running our own support group. We are very happy to share that knowledge and experience but we do not intend to run anyone else’s group or presume to tell anyone how this should be done. The aim of this new project is to help parents to find each other for support and to facilitate networking between groups so that we can all share ideas and resources.

We have already met several inspirational parents with brilliant ideas and some with amazing organisational skills. Not everyone has the confidence or wherewithal to make things happen on their own, but as a community we can achieve great things. Each and every one of us has something to bring to the table and it will be by listening to and supporting each other that we will eventually make a difference for our children…or grandchildren!

Some of us have become active advocates over the years and have come to enjoy being a voice for the gifted community in Ireland. We hope to encourage many more of you to join us, but we recognise that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. However, as long as we are all talking, we can ensure that everyone is represented when the opportunity arises.

We invite all the friends we have made over the past four years and all fellow parents of gifted children around Ireland to join us as we move onwards and upwards. This is a resource for everyone to share, and a work in progress, so please get in touch if you have any ideas, comments, questions or suggestions.