Down Syndrome Ireland receives €500 from Aldi Kilrush

Down Syndrome Ireland receives €500 from Aldi Kilrush


Laura Cahir and Brid Kearney of Down Syndrome Ireland’s Clare branch with Aldi’s Ger Power.

Down Syndrome Ireland’s Clare branch has become the latest charity to benefit from Aldi’s Community Grants programme, receiving a €500 grant from Aldi’s Kilrush store team.

The €500 grant was presented to Laura Cahir and Brid Kearney of Down Syndrome Ireland’s Clare branch by Aldi’s Ger Power.

Aldi’s Community Grants programme helps fund local charities and organisations that contribute vital work and services in their local communities. Each local charity supported is chosen by Aldi employees, enabling them to help the local good causes they are passionate about.

The programme has contributed to over 340 different local projects to date, donating over €250,000 since 2016.

Commenting, Michal Placek, Aldi Kilrush Store Manager said: “We here at the Kilrush store are proud to have chosen Down Syndrome Ireland’s Clare branch for our Community Grants nomination. The work they do to provide therapy, education and care for people with down syndrome makes a huge difference to people in the local area.”

“Being part of and investing in local communities is something that Aldi is committed to and we are delighted to be able to make this contribution.”

Operating four stores in County Clare, Aldi is deeply involved in the local community. Through its partnership with FoodCloud, its stores in County Clare have donated over 27,000 meals to local charities to date, while as Foróige’s lead sponsor since 2015, it has helped support initiatives including the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards and the Aldi Foróige Junior Baking Competition.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.