Make Way Day 2019

Volunteers from Cavan Disability Network were out in force today to participate in Make Way Day Campaign in various town around the county. Here are some of the obstacles they encountered on their journey.


Make Way Day is back for 2019, bigger and bolder and going after the top three blockers on Cavan streets. 

20 local authorities will support local disabilities groups as they hit the streets on Thursday September 26th with friendly reminders not to:

  • Park on the street
  • Forget your bins or use illegal sandwich boards 
  • Carelessly park bikes on the street   

People with disabilities have told the campaign leaders, the Disability Federation of Ireland, DFI, these are the top three obstacles that stop them getting from A to B. 

“By making these small changes we can all make a big difference to the lives of our fellow citizens,” said Council spokesperson . “ Please see to get  the number of people in your area with disabilities the rights of people with disabilities are respected we are delighted to support/once again support Make Way. DFI have distributed hundreds of low adhesive Make Way Day stickers to disability groups. 

People can expect to see stickers in the following areas as towns and groups  taking part are: Clonakilty Access Group, Mallow Disability Group, Centre for Independent Living Blanchardstown, groups from Rehab’s training facility in Sandymount and children and parents from Enable Ireland, Kilkenny, and of course Cavan Disability Network

Local activists and disability campaigners in Cavan County will be out early stickering on Wednesday morning with the aid of Cavan Disability Network. “There have been days when people just had to turn around and go home because my mechanized wheelchair could not go around a parked car on the footpath. If you come across enough obstacles like these you eventually don’t want to go out at all, and that’s leads to social isolation”. 

You can also expect a blitz of social media posts (videos, photographs) with the hashtags #MakeWayDay and #MakeWayCavan.  Everyone can get involved. Upload your photos and videos of obstacles on our streets and call for national recognition of #MakeWayDay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

 “It’s a lack of awareness that leads to these obstacles and once people are aware we find they’re willing to help”, said DFI spokesperson Clare Cronin. “For the small minority who need it, we delighted this year to have the backing of the Roads Policing unit of An Garda Síochána.

Photos: DFI can supply national photos but will not have photos from the areas taking part.

The Disability Federation of Ireland are the co-coordinators of Make Way Day.  For communications local authorities should contact Clare Cronin at DFI 01-7080108, 086-0277824, email

2019 Employment MATTERS

Cavan Disability Network would like to thank everyone who attended our 3rd Conference on Employability on 23rd September. A special thanks to our guest speakers Des Lowry from Amatino, Mary Quirke (career guidance counsellor), Dr. Aisling Moroney from Social Farming Ireland and Seamus McGrath from Consult B4B. Also, a big thank you goes to Terry Hyland, CEO of Breffni Integrated CLG for stepping in at short notice and speaking about the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme.

I think everyone was in agreement that it was a very informative day and a complete success. Attendees left with a renewed sense of confidence in their job seeking abilities. We hope you will link in and engage with us on our social media platforms-

Facebook: @cavandisability
Twitter: @CdnDisability
Instagram: @cavandisabilitynetwork



Employment MATTERS Event 2019 (1)

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Reaching out for public involvement

Since our establishment (22 months ago) Cavan Disability Network have focused on numerous access issues in the towns of BallyjamesduffVirginia,and Cavan.

The access concerns that have been brought to our attention have mainly focused on disabled parking spaces and dished kerbs in appropriate locations. If a person with disabilities or indeed family members/advocates are aware of any access difficulties in any other small towns or villages throughout Cavan, we would be very grateful if you could either PM our Facebook page or email us at and we will bring all the concerns you raise to the attention of the access officer at our next meeting.

While we welcome all messages or emails if you could also attach a photograph of the problem on your mobile phone and send it, it would be ideal.

We look forward to hearing from you.

National Platform of Self Advocates Ireland; Regional Meeting

The The National Platform Of Self Advocates Ireland is holding a Regional Meeting in the Clayton Hotel Sligo.

The purpose of the meeting is to develop self advocacy in the areas of Sligo, Mayo, Donegal, Roscommon, Leitrim, Longford and Cavan.

Members of the Platform can put their names forward for election to local and national steering committees.

To become a member of the Platform please go to our website

See below for details


Assisted Decision Making Act Seminar

Inclusion Ireland in conjunction with Cavan Disability Network are holding an Assisted Decision Making Act seminar which will take place on the 29th November in the Cavan Crystal hotel from 10.30 am to 1 pm.  This event is free but places are limited, so to book your place please  RSVP via email or phone.  Please see below for contact details.

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Upcoming Events

This workshop is designed to build awareness around people with disabilities participating in community sport and physical activity.

disability awareness workshop

CARA National Inclusion awards 2017; Applications must be received by 12 noon Friday 20th October.   For more details see


Family Fun Day Celebrating Down Syndrome.

The Down Syndrome Centre – North East (DSC NE) are having a Family Fun Day, Celebrating Down Syndrome as a way of introducing themselves to families in the North East. This will be happening on 24th September in the Phoenix Centre, Carrickmacross from 2-5pm. For more details see below flyer.

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“Recovery and the Family” education course, focused on Mental Health

There is a “Recovery and the Family” education course taking place in The Bridge Street Centre, Cavan, from 4th October to the 15th November. This is a recovery focused course, exclusively for family members supporting a person with self experience of a mental health difficulty.

Any queries contact Derek Pepper, Regional Development Officer, North East Region,SHINE – Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health, on or before Friday 29th September. Mobile: 0868525422. Email:

2017 Cavan PosterCavan 2017 Recovery and the Family information promotion handout 23.02.17

Safety Improvements in Kilmore Estate Ballyjamesduff moves closer

On Thursday 3rd August representatives from Cavan County Council visited Kilmore Estate on foot of a request for improvements outside houses 19-22 inclusive.  David Cahill of Cavan Disability Network explained “There are 3 sets of concrete steps with no balance railing.  In winter these get extremely slippery and there is a huge risk of residents falling trying to access their accommodation from the access road to the estate.  I asked Cavan County Council to review this situation.  I am asking for a balance rail to be installed at all of the 3 sets of steps so that residents can access accommodation in confidence.  I also asked for concrete to be relaid (it is currently uneven and a tripping hazard), a mound of soil to be removed and the black railing to be extended so there is no risk of a resident falling and hurting themselves when the mound of soil is removed.  These 3 items are all located at the side of number 19.  I am hopeful these works will be completed promptly and concluded before the onset of frost in a few months.”