The National Federation of Arch Clubs, Ireland

National Federation of Arch Clubs Ireland existence for 40 years!

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Providing a social outlet for people in Ireland with special needs

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What are Arch Clubs?

Arch Clubs provide a secure social environment for people with special needs,  their siblings and friends to learn, form friendships and above all, have fun.

Aims of Arch Clubs 

  • To provide a social outlet for people with special needs.
  • To develop the members social skills, self-esteem and quality of life through a dynamic range of activities.
  • To provide support and information for parents and families.

  • To influence public policy towards those with special needs through contact with statutory agencies.


Community Based Clubs

The National Federation has at present over 50 community-based social-inclusion-for-all Arch Clubs spread out all over Ireland.



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Members & Volunteers

There are approximately 2,000 Arch Club members, nearly 1,000 volunteers, plus up to 3,000 associated persons involved nationwide.



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Federation of Arch Clubs

We are a registered charity and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of Corporate Governance.



Policy & Governance

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Laois Arch Club is a very vibrant active club which caters for between 70-80 members at our monthly disco in The Heritage Hotel Portlaoise. Every year we bring a group of approximately 40 of our members for a weekend away and we also bring some of our members on a day trip.

This year our day trip was to Dublin Zoo. The excitement was catching as we headed off in June and we all had a wonderful day exploring all the different areas and seeing all the animals in the zoo.

The high light of the day was definitely when we went to have lunch in the restaurant and some of our members spotted Gerry Creighton, Operations Manager, who appears on The Zoo TV Series on RTE. They couldn’t believe when he joined our table and chatted to us all about his work.....


This is Gerry with Melissa, his No 1 Fan!        

The rest of the group quickly stepped in to have their photo with Gerry too.


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National Youth Volunteer Award

Glen Meehan Ronanstown Arch Club

who was runner up in the National Federation of Arch Clubs  2016 youth volunteer awards.


 And congratulations to

     Jack Short of the Portmarnock Arch Club who became this years National Youth Volunteer for 2016  


Calling Arch Clubs

we in the Ronanstown Arch Club Dublin would love to meet up with other groups around the country,  maybe exchange visits or plan an event together. If interested

contact Caroline Lawless 086 1304596








Volunteers working within our clubs

Volunteers who have concerns about a child or a vulnerable person within your club - but are not sure what to do, should discuss these concerns with the designated liaison person in your club or the Children First National Designated liaison Person for our organization

John Ryan 086 8280892  

or contact  Tusla-Child and Family Agency for advice. 

Phone: 01 7718500 or Email:

In an emergency  ring the Garda


 Saturday 12th March 2016 was a beautiful sunny day with blue skies.

Some members of Dundrum Arch Club and three helpers met up at the Lucas stop in Dundrum at 9:30am and took a trip into town. We got off the Lucas at Stephens Green. We took a walk through the green and sang the song “Dublin Can Be Heaven”. We then walked over to the Mansion House.

By Philomena O Dowd

Dundrum Arch Club.




PRESS RELEASE 14th May 2016



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Clubs, gathered from all ‚Äč the corners of Ireland to help celebrate their 40th Anniversary in style.

Members and volunteers started the day with lunch which was followed by 
dancing to the wonderful music from Gorey band, Thunderbirds, who said 
once again it was the best gig they had played at and did encore after 
encore as members chanted one more tune.

The National Arch Club Choir also lifted the roof with their renditions 
of Fields of 
Athenry and Amarillo, led with movement by volunteer
Duffin of Naas ArchClub.

Other talents of the members were to
 be seen as an Arts and Crafts 

exhibition was set up to display
 some of the work that goes 
on at the
clubs during the year.

Ciaran Cronin, vice chairperson of the 
Arch Council, presented our 

 Youth Awards to
Glen Meehan from
 Ronanstown and 

Jack Short 
Portmarnock and said
 these young persons were  great 
examples of 
what wonderful young
 leaders we have volunteering in our 

Everyone went home happy, safe and all looking forward to next year! 

Mary Davitt PRO

Tel: 086 8649415






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