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Mayor to launch National Accessibility Week in South Dublin County

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Archived on 21/12/2017

Mayor to launch National Accessibility Week in South Dublin County

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr. Paul Gogarty, will officially open National Accessibility Week 2017 in the Dublin Climbing Centre, Tallaght at 10.15am on Monday 27 November, along with Irish Paralympian Deirdre Mongan.

During the launch Deirdre will share her experiences of access to sport and leisure. Michal Lemanski from the Dublin Climbing Centre will offer a demonstration of accessible climbing, prior to inviting people to take part in one of three inclusive sessions designed around different abilities, skills, and needs. Sessions will be suitable for people who are blind / visually impaired / deaf / hard of hearing (ISL interpretation will be available), with Intellectual Disability and / or Autism, and people with mobility impairments including wheelchair users.

Mayor Gogarty said “Universal access is essential for the continued growth and sustainability of vibrant communities. South Dublin County Council is strongly committed to equality, inclusion and providing facilities and services that are accessible to all. I would encourage everyone to get involved in the planned activities and to help make National Accessibility Week 2017 in our County a success.”

Selina Bonnie, Disability Liaison, Access and Equality Officer, at South Dublin County Council said “The Dublin Climbing Centre is a new indigenous business here in the centre of Tallaght. When I heard that they were developing facilities that allows disabled people such as wheelchair users to abseil and climb a wall I had to check it out. The facilities enable people including those with limited body movement to enjoy the experience of climbing. An experience that perhaps they thought might never be an option for them. This exciting development in the heart of our community offered us the ideal opportunity to provide a series of Climbing for All sessions, each matching one’s ability. Interested people can book on our Eventbrite page or e-mail the Dublin Climbing Centre, but as places are restricted advance booking is essential.”

National Accessibility Week 2017 will take place from Monday, 27 November. The week-long campaign will coincide with International Day of Disabled Persons which occurs each year on the 3rd December.

National Accessibility Week (led by local authorities across the country), is an important opportunity to encourage all people to focus on issues of accessibility and universal design. The Week provides Councils, businesses, community groups and so on with a valuable opportunity to highlight the accessibility of their facilities and services. A range of events will take place, and social media will be used to encourage wider society to be more inclusive of the varied accesses needs of disabled people of all ages.

The Climbing for All sessions will take place between 12.00pm and 4.30pm on Monday 27 November, 2017 at the Dublin Climbing Centre, The Square Industrial Complex, Belgard Square North, Tallaght, Dublin 24. There are three sessions lasting approximately an hour. Each session is designed around different abilities, skills and needs. To find out more, please log on to e-mail or telephone 01 558 2800

For further information on the launch of National Accessibility Week and other events taking place during National Accessibility Week, please contact Selina Bonnie, Disability Liaison, Access and Equality Officer, at South Dublin County Council at 01 414 9041 or


South Dublin County is one of four local authority areas in the Dublin region.

South Dublin County Council provides and funds a broad range of services including housing, roads, walking and cycling routes, parks and playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities, litter control, arts centres, enterprise units, fire services, community infrastructure and financial supports. It also serves as a platform for local democracy with 40 councillors spread across six electoral areas.

Bounded by the River Liffey to the North and the Dublin Mountains to the South, the County lies 16 kilometres south west of Dublin city centre and has an administrative footprint of 223sq. kilometres. The County has nine main villages Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle and is bounded by adjoining counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin City, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire.

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