The Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind

For me my association with the Irish guide dogs started in 2014 when I took on the challenge to run my first marathon & do so in full fire gear to raise funds jointly for my local playground in Ballineen/Enniskenne & the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Since then the playground has been completed & I have continued to support the Irish Guide Dogs when i can in recognition of their great work.

  • They support people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism by providing life-changing services.
  • 1976 – Organisation was founded
  • 1980 – Moved to there current site in Model Farm Road, Cork, and trained there first Guide Dog partnership.
  • 1988 – Introduction of the Orientation & Mobility Programme (Long Cane Training)
  • 1999 – Introduction of the Child Mobility Programme.
  • 2004 – Launch of the Independent Living Skills training facility and programme.
  • 2005 – Introduction of there Assistance Dog Programme for families of children with autism.
  • 2010 – Taoiseach of the day Enda Kenny officially opens €5m redevelopment of National Headquarters and Training Centre.
  • 2016 – President Michael D. Higgins visits the National Headquarters and Training Centre to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Irish Guide Dogs and to recognise the significant contribution of its voluntary community.One constant from 1976 to today has been the generosity of the supporters and the public who believe in the value of there work and see the impact in their community.

President visits the National Headquarters and Training Centre of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Friday, 16th September, 2016 On the occasion of the organisation’s 40th anniversary, President Michael D. Higgins.said “through your hard work and commitment you have helped to instil, in many citizens living with disabilities, the expectation that they too can succeed; can aspire to live the life of their choice; have their voices heard; have their participation enhanced; their talents respected; and be defined by their skills and abilities and all of their possibilities.”As well as meeting Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind President and co-founder Jim Dennehy, President Michael D. Higgins addressed an audience of more than 400 people and attended a demonstration of working dogs skills. The President also buried a time capsule of working dog related memorabilia in the charity’s Reflection Garden.

Who are you helping?


Your contribution will make a lifelong change

to a person with vision impairment or a family of a child with autism.

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