The National Federation of Arch Clubs, Ireland

National Federation of Arch Clubs existence for 40 years!

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Providing a social outlet for people with special needs

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What are Arch Clubs?

Arch Clubs provide a secure social environment for people with special needs, allow their siblings and friends to learn, form friendships and above all, have fun.

Aims of Arch Clubs 

  • To provide a social outlet for people with special needs.
  • To develop the members social skills, self-esteem and quality of life through a dynamic range of activities.
  • To provide support and information for parents and families.

  • To influence public policy towards those with special needs through contact with statutory agencies.


Community Based Clubs

The National Federation has at present over 50 community-based social-inclusion-for-all Arch Clubs spread out all over Ireland.



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Members & Volunteers

There are approximately 2,000 Arch Club members, nearly 1,000 volunteers, plus up to 3,000 associated persons involved nationwide.



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Federation of Arch Clubs

We are a registered charity and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of Corporate Governance.



Policy & Governance

Latest News & Announcements 2016

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Mary Davitt PRO, Phone: 086 864 9415

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Calling Arch Clubs

we in the Ronanstown Arch Club Dublin would love to meet up with other groups around the country,  maybe exchange visits or plan an event together. If interested

contact Caroline Lawless 086 1304596



Congratulations  Go To All Team Ireland Athletes Who Competed In The Special Olympics World Games In Los Angeles

With A special Arch Honour to:


Lisa O Brien Mallow Arch Club
Brian Hooper Gorey Arch Club
Paul Keane Gorey Arch Club
Martina Walsh Ballinrobe Arch Club
Billy Kane (Remember Us ) Balbriggan Arch Club
Andrew Armitage (Remember Us) Balbriggan Arch Club
Clare Nolan Dublin South Arch Club
Megan Reynolds Dublin South Arch Club
James Meenan Dundalk Arch Club
Paul Kirrane Ennis Arch Club
Francis Power Navan Arch Club

 Saturday 12th March 2016 was a beautiful sunny day with blue skies.

Some members of Dundrum Arch Club and three helpers met up at the Lucas stop in Dundrum at 9:30am and took a trip into town. We got off the Lucas at Stephens Green. We took a walk through the green and sang the song “Dublin Can Be Heaven”. We then walked over to the Mansion House.

By Philomena O Dowd

Dundrum Arch Club.






On Saturday, 12th March, The Arch Federation were delighted to have representatives from nine of their clubs from the Dublin region attend a reception kindly host by the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

The Lord Mayor, praised the Arch Clubs for the wonderful work they do and the fun and joy they bring to all their members.

​Mary Davitt, from Arch Federation council, said it was a great morning and a great way to start The Arch Clubs celebrations as Dublin was where they first began with a small group of parents who had children with intellectual disabilities. coming together to form a social club to include not only the children, but parents, siblings and friends and hence coming up with “ARCH” – which symbolises an entrance a better social life, a strong structure of support and inclusion of all. From there clubs have sprung up all over the country and to-date there are 48 Arch clubs throughout Ireland.










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