Féach is a Support Group for Parents of Blind and visually impaired Children

We are organising some social events for children to meet and make friends with other blind and visually impaired children.

MayFest 2017

Vision Sports Ireland is an organisation who are responsible for the inclusion of all vision impaired people In Ireland who want to participate in sports at all levels.


They are delighted to invite you to MayFest 2017,  Irelands national Multi Sports weekend for vision impaired people which takes place from the 19th-21st May.


MayFest has something for everyone: A Live Sports Conference; 15 Sports Activities including competition, Demo's, Come and try as well as fun and games at the annual MayFest Dinner

The most important day in particular for those who want to try new sports is Saturday 20th May from 1.30pm.  This takes place at the ALSAA club old airport road Co. Dublin.
Judo, blind golf, blind football, vi tennis, tandem cycling, athletics and goal ball will be on offer for everyone  to have a go.

Please click on the link below which will bring you directly to the registration and timetable page for the whole weekend.
You can also keep up to date with all of our sports events for vision impaired people by liking their facebook page @visionsportsireland 



Tennis for Visually Impaired Juniors

Tennis for Visually Impaired Juniors


Enjoy Tennis is delighted to launch the visually impaired tennis pilot programme for visually impaired juniors.

This new game will be commencing in Ireland on September 11th Following a very successful pilot programme for visually impaired Adults.  


VI Tennis is played on a re-alighned tennis court with sponge balls that emit sound' and the court uses raised tactile lines as navigational markers to assist the visually impaired players. Players use their heightened sense of hearing and spatial awareness to track and hit the VI tennis balls.

The game had never been played in Ireland before this June when Vision Sports Ireland in conjunction with Tennis Ireland launched it at Mayfest.  We had the pleasure of President Higgins and Sabrina attending the launch and watching an exhibition of the game. 

This is a wonderful form of tennis - and very simply  - it is a way for visually impaired people to have the same fun, enjoyment and competition as sighted players. 


Our junior pilot programme will take place on Sunday mornings from 09.30-11.00  at Shankill Tennis Club. The programme will run for 6 weeks starting on the 11th of September (*excluding 25/09). We are looking for junior players aged 10-14 to join us for this exciting new programme! 


Places are limited so please contact Sarah at odonohos@gmail.com or 0876995148 to sign up or for more information. We look forward to hearing from you! 



Blind Football Ireland

Blind Football Ireland provide football Programmes that aim to provide all people with visual impairments the opportunity to play football locally, nationally and internationally.


Suitable for males and females of all ages and abilities, whose level of visual impairment would prevent them from playing mainstream football.

The centres have well trained coaches with experience of working with visually impaired players of all ages and abilities. New coaches very welcome and will receive full training from the FAI.


It’s a fantastic sport that can be played by absolute beginners up to elite Paralympic level. Players in our centres range in age from 10 to 55! 


Benefits of blind football

  • Open the game of association football to a population that although is a minority group within disability sport, deserve the opportunity
  • Health benefits of exercise and involvement in a sport
  • Increase the awareness of the abilities of players who have lost their sight from birth or acquired it after
  • Psycho-social health benefits with increased positivity, self-confidence and morale
  • Allow players to fulfil a dream of representing their country or just playing the sport they love

The Football Association of Ireland Blind Football dates for the remainder of this season for the Munster and Dublin Region are listed below


 Blind Football – Munster regional centre dates 2016

Venue : Supernova, Link Rd, Ballincollig, Cork. Time 1pm – 4pm

July 9th, July 23rd, August 20th, Sept 17th, Oct 15th, Nov 12th

For further details please contact : FAI Development Officer Nick Harrison

Tel : 0860472051 Email : nick.harrison@fai.ie

www. blindfootballireland.ie





Blind Football – Dublin regional centre dates 2016

Venue : Multi Sports Pitches National Sports Campus,

Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Time 12 midday – 3pm 

July 23rd, August 20th, Sept 17th, Oct 15th, Nov 12th

For further details please contact : Alex Whelan 0879405117

www. blindfootballireland.ie


DARE and HEAR Application Advice Clinics - 16th Feb 2016

Maynooth University will host one of the national HEAR and DARE Advice clinics CAO applicants, parents, guardians, teachers and guidance counsellors are all welcome.

When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 10:00 to 14:00

Where: Phoenix Building

Attendees can drop in any time between 10am and 2pm for information on the HEAR and DARE schemes and to talk to an advisor about making an application.  Our assistive technology advisor will also demonstrate how technology can help at University and the Admissions Office will outline the various course options available at Maynooth University.

Full details of all DARE and HEAR nationwide clinics and directions to the venues can be found at http://accesscollege.ie/hear/events/.


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Attention all students approaching Leaving certificate

Better Options is a careers fair specifically for people with disabilities and specific learning difficulties.

It is ideal for students looking to find out about courses and support services provided by colleges as well as garner key information on the access routes for those with disabilities

This year DIT have kindly agreed to host the event at their new Grangegorman Campus on Thursday 26th of November from 10 am to 1 pm.

Colleges from around Ireland will be hosting stands at the event and there will be a number of talks covering topics like the CAO application process and getting the most from your college experience.  There will also be information about applying for a college place through the DARE admissions scheme.


This event is free to attend and all are welcome.  For more informatin please see  www.ahead.ie/betteroptions



IPAD Workshop

To all of you who made it to the Feach Family day on Saturday. It was great to meet you all and meet your kids. I hope you got what you needed, if you have any queries etc just let us know.

Conor Hartigan (Regional Assistive Technology Coordinator University of Limerick) said he will do a longer workshop with us on the Ipad and various software apps and technologies coming on stream. Things are changing and changing for the better, there is so much out there to make it easier for your kids.

Let me know if your interested and what part of the country you are in, and we will organise it. There is a few ways to contact us.

Via our Facebook page


Via our closed Facebook Group


Or you can e-mail us on feachmail@gmail.com



Feach Family Information Day

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Saturday 26th September 2015 

Portlaoise Heritage Hotel

2:00pm – 5:00pm


Speakers include:


  • John Delaney – Senior Counselling Manager at Insight Counselling Centre. John has lived with RP since he was a young boy, he says that while losing his sight has been “very challenging” it has also being a very rich and rewarding experience.


  • Aoife Kearney – Educational Phycologist. Aoife is visually impaired mother whose daughter is visually impaired also; she will share her unique experience of VI, concentrating on issues such as disclosure, finding work as a person with a VI, job interviews, seeking accommodations etc. 


  • Conor Hartigan – Regional Assistive Technology Coordinator University of Limerick will talk about the various software apps and technologies available to assist throughout the various stages in education


  • Irish Guide Dogs – The Next Step is a new training program offered by Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind for young adults who are blind or vision impaired. It aims to equip people with the skills to manage the transition to life in college or the workplace. 


  • Michael O’Connor, Dean Cusack – Michael a braille user who has just completed the leaving certificate and Dean Cusack a 5th year VI student, will give their perspective on managing life as a young person with a visual impairment.


  • Parents of Junior and Senior School Kids will share their experience of the various stages in a child’s life, the challenges, the fears, the joys, the good, the bad, and the mundane.



Support Groups – NCBI Early Learning, Vision Sports, Technology Table, Irish Guide Dogs and other support groups will be there.

Supervised Arts and Crafts room for Children under 12.

Please RSVP to feachmail@gmail.com or text 087 9880518087 9880518 if you are coming. Each speaker will host a table and groups will move from table to table to ensure everyone gets face time with all speakers, therefore spaces are limited.


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