Range of services offered by IWA

Range of services offered by IWA
The resources and supports offered from the Ardee branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association is endless.

The resources and supports offered from the Ardee branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association is endless.

From sporting to computing, days out to social night, school activities to awareness programmes - the list goes on.

The lives of many wheelchair users like John Cooney, have been changed and enhanced by the Irish Wheelchair Association.

In our special feature on wheelchair accessibility and supports feature, we spoke to Robbie Hurr, Programme Assistant with the Ardee Sports Project in the Irish Wheelchair Association.

“We have something different for everybody the whole time,” said Robbie, “We like to try different things and keep the programmes updated.”

Robbie operates a weekly programme which varies. Some of the activities include swimming, pottery, bingo and wheelchair basketball.

For children aged 6-12, a programme is operated every Wednesday evening between 6 and 7pm in the Muirhevnamor Community Centre.

“The children love Wednesday evenings,” said Robbie, “We often have an activity plan in place, but we do whatever they want.

“It’s very social - the majority of the programmes are socially constructed, especially the days out. We have great fun when we go to the races or to sporting events.”

Robbie also offers a multi-sports club for the muti-talented, which include archery, bowling and table tennis.

Although the most popular paralympic sport is wheelchair basketball.

The local team - the Dundalk Ravens - are a successful team and have competed in Cork, Galway and Dublin.

“When you play wheelchair basketball once, you are hooked,” said Robbie, “In the schools programme we let them try it and they all love the sport. It’s very addictive.

“People don’t know all the help that is available to them and we would urge them to get in contact with us,” Robbie added.

To contact the local Ardee IWA branch you can phon