About Inspired

Inspired was founded by a group of parents in 2014. It had become clear to these parents that their young adult children with intellectual disabilities wanted to have more purpose in their lives and a more meaningful role in their local community. Inspired was established in recognition of the fact that people with intellectual disabilities want to feel useful and valued. They need and deserve to have some agency over their own lives, rather than rely on services decided solely by other people on their behalf.

At Inspired, we focus on ability. We are a unique community project as it is the participants who have ownership over the direction we take. It is the participants who decide what classes and activities they want to pursue, and we then organise qualified tutors to deliver them. Our current timetable includes personal development, life skills, cooking, drama, Zumba, yoga, photography, art, jewellery making, music and dance. Participants have regular meetings to discuss new ideas, which we are always open to.

Inspired is a registered charity and for several years was entirely self-funded through fundraising, thanks to the generosity of the local community. While we are still reliant on donations to meet some of our costs, in July 2018 Inspired secured funding through the Pobal Ability Programme. This has facilitated a major expansion of the project, taking us from a three days per week operation run entirely by volunteers, to opening five days per week with four paid staff. All at Inspired are grateful to our donors and funders for their support as we continue to grow the project.

Don O’Neill with husband Pascal Guillermie and Billy Keane with models at the Inspired Fashion Show at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel. Photo by Dermot Crean