Féach is a Support Group for Parents of 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


Deafblind Community


The Anne Sullivan foundation have contacted us regarding their new Policy/Advocacy officer.
They are trying to get Deafblindness recognised as a distinct disability in Ireland, in order to ensure the Deafblind community receive the specific supports they need.  
Can you please get in  touch with us to let us know if your children are Deafblind so we can help them in this very worthwhile endeavour?
Please send your details to feachmail@gmail.com

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



Albinism Fellowship Christmas Event

Christmas Event 28th November 2015


Venue: St John’s GAA clubhouse, Ballinteer, Dublin 16

 Time: 1pm to 4/5pm

Entertainer: 1.30pm Kelly Jelly…clown & face painting activities

Santa: 3pm. Presents for the children.

Mulled wine, mince pies, kiddies food etc

If you are attending please book by emailing treasaocallaghan1@gmail.com or text at 0863789294, preferably ASAP but not later than the 12th November. You need to state the number of adults & children attending. Please specify the ages and gender of children.

  ** This is an event that needs booking.


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