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L'Arche is a group of over 149
worldwide communities where
people with and without
intellectual 
disabilities share
life together
in community.
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L'Arche is a group of over 149
worldwide communities where
people with and without
intellectual 
disabilities share
life together
in community.
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Are you idealistic, enthusiastic and resilient? Do you believe every human being has a unique gift to share with the world? Are you willing to take care of someone else and let that person touch your heart and change your life? If yes, then this opening might be for you.

L'Arche Dublin

1) Where is the community located?

In three Community Houses: ‘Seolta’, ‘Leoithne’ and ‘Báidin’. All the houses are on: Warren house Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13, Ireland.

2) What makes the community?

There are 9 ‘core members’ (people with intellectual disabilities) who are residents in L'Arche Dublin today. Patrick, Stephen, Caroline, Karen, and Aidan all live in Seolta. Danny, Colin and Oisin live in Leoithne and Michael lives in Báidin. L'Arche Dublin welcomes assistants from all over the world to come and share their life with the core members while gaining the training and medical experience required to assist in this role. Most of the core members in Dublin are wheelchair users. The Medical needs in the Dublin community are very high and require a lot of detailed training for all the new assistants.

L’Arche Dublin strives to provide a home that is warm and welcoming for all who live there. Our lives are very full. L’Arche Dublin is a busy place and all the assistants who arrive enjoy the challenge of learning new skills and getting the opportunity to be trained and equipped to deal with the large variety of medical needs that are part of our daily routines. We have two nurses who offer ongoing support and supervise all the assistants during and after training.

That said however we also do the usual things like shopping, cleaning, making friends and of course, having lots of parties! Dublin is a lively fun city to visit with many wonderful attractions to see. The community is located in a beautiful scenic spot on the coast. The sea is only minutes’ walk from the house. There are numerous coffee shops restaurants and Irish pubs within walking distance. We are also within a short distance of St Anne’s park which is the 2nd largest park in Dublin.

The community resides in the three houses. All the houses are on the same road in Baldoyle this allows for good contact with the core members and all the assistants who get to spend a lot of their time on their days off building friendships and doing fun things together.

1) How did it all start?

L'Arche Dublin Project began in 1993 in a rented cottage in Portmarnock, a small village on the northeast of Dublin Bay. On St. Brigid's Day, 1st February 1994, the first core members were welcomed. A permanent home for the community became possible when the Christian Brothers donated some land in Baldoyle. Money was raised and in 1996 a new home, Seolta (Irish for "sails"), was built. In 1999 a second home, Leoithne (Irish for "Gentle Breeze), was purchased. We now have a 3rd house next door to Leoithne called Báidin (Irish for little boat).

We also have a number of out buildings that are used for offices, training and leisure activities. Also, some wonderful local volunteers who help each week with cooking, gardening and DIY. As well as being involved in a number of local community groups like The Men’s Shed and the Forget-Me-Not choir.

Every Wednesday the whole community come together for ‘The Huddle’. We spend the morning in the local community centre. We dance, we sing, we watch lots of music videos and we play silly games. We also spend time with each other in this relaxed atmosphere sharing our stories and interests. The assistants get the opportunity to do a short presentation telling us who they are and what their home country is like. This is a lovely way of getting to know the new assistants in the early days of their arrival at L’Arche.

In Dublin sharing our faith is also a very important part of the community, some weeks we have reflections during our time at “The Huddle”. This can be a very rich part of the overall experience for all the community and it gives a platform to share some deeper and more spiritual aspects of our lives. It also allows us to support each other during the hard or more painful times of life.

In 2019 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary of L'Arche Dublin. Celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries are very important in L'Arche. We love celebrating the significant milestones in our community. In 2014 we marked the 50th anniversary of L'Arche International so we had a big regional Jubilee for that occasion. Since 1994, more than 130 assistants have passed through the doors of L’Arche Dublin. They have left a little of their heart with us and have taken a little of the heart of the community with them back to their hometown. They are now part of our extended family. Many keep in touch and come back to visit us year after year.

Why not consider adding your name to that list and come spend a year with us? Come and be a part of an adventure that will build into your life a purpose and direction that will stay with you for many years to come.

The Huddle (DUBLIN)

In the Dublin community we have a small day service one day per week. We meet every Wednesday in the local community centre. We enjoy meeting everyone else who uses the centre and getting to know them over the months. It has helped us in L’Arche to become part of the larger community.

The core members have got to know everyone from the caretakers to the small kids who attend the playgroup nest door. We do fun activities like disco’s and sing along shows, making gifts etc. However, the truth is that it is not really about what we do when we are there it is about the fact that we get to spend time with each other in a very relaxed way. We all attend from the community leader to the administrator. It makes us take time out of our week to just enjoy each other and step away from the busyness of never-ending tasks that always need to be done. It is an enjoyable and valuable experience for the new assistants when they first arrive. After a few weeks they are invited to do a short presentation about their life back home. The core members also do presentations to introduce themselves to the new assistants. This had had a very good effect on them starting to make friends with each other. In many ways “The Huddle” has become a central aspect of our community.

Contact Details
Tel: +353 (0) 1 839 9560
Seolta
Warren House Road
Baldoyle
Dublin

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L'Arche Ireland
'An Siol'
42 West Street
Callan,
Co. Kilkenny
0567755494
admin.central@larche.ie