Seolta,

Warrenhouse Road

Baldoyle

Dublin 13,

Ireland

Tel: +353 (0) 1 839 5460

Email: john.phipps@larche.ie

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. L'Arche Dublin strives to provide a home that is warm and welcoming for all who live there. Our lives are full! We do the usual things like shopping, cleaning, personal care, making friends and of course, having parties!

 

There are 6 core members (people with intellectual disabilities) who are residents in L'Arche Dublin today. Danny, Stephen, Caroline and Karen live in Seolta and Aidan and Gillian live in Leoithne. L'Arche Dublin welcomes assistants from all over the world to come and share their life with the core members in L'Arche Dublin.

As well as the two houses we have an art shed, a music shed, a prayer room and an office. The administration office is called Báidín (Irish for “little boat”). We also have a nurse who works out of the medical office which is located in Seolta. We also have wonderful local volunteers who come in for a few hours a week to help with cooking, gardening and DIY.
 
In 2014, we celebrated our 20th Anniversary of L'Arche Dublin. Celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries are very important in L'Arche and we loved celebrating this significant milestone in our community. 2014 also marked the 50th anniversary of L'Arche International so we had a big regional Jubilee for that occasion. Since 1994, more than 100 assistants have come and gone. They have left a little of their heart with us and have taken a little of the heart of the community with them. They are now part of our extended family. Many keep in touch and come back to visit us.

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L'Arche Ireland (registered name) is a charitable organization legally structured as a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland - Registered No. 77821. Registered Office - C/O Anne Brady McQuillan, Iveagh Court, Harcourt Road, Dublin 2. Revenue Charity No. CHY 7979 - Charities Regulatory Authority No. 20018856.  L’Arche Ireland operates in the Republic of Ireland, having three communities in Dublin, Cork and Kilkenny.  L’Arche Belfast (Northern Ireland Company no. NI 40702) operates in Northern Ireland and has one community in Belfast.  L'Arche Belfast is registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC105755. Its website is www.larchebelfast.org.uk.  L’Arche Ireland and L’Arche Belfast are part of an International Federation of L’Arche Communities whose registered office is in France.  Its website is www.larche.org.