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Oddsocks poem from Holy Rosary primary school

Publication Date: 27 March 2024
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We were inundated with wonderful pictures, videos and messages on World Down Syndrome Day last week.

Many schools have an odd socks day to celebrate the occasion.

Down Syndrome Centre staff in Sandyford were particularly touched by something that came to us from a parent whose child attends our centre, and is also lucky enough to also attend Holy Rosary primary school in Firhouse, Dublin.

The caretaker at the school, Austin Smyth, penned a touching poem paying tribute to one of the pupils who wore her odd socks.

We are delighted to share it with you, here.


Can You Hear Me??

Odd socks,


but the same!

A vibrant splash of colour,

please don’t ever change!


We’ve a twinkle in our eye,

though the mornings are a test!

But when we get our groove on,


we’ll wiggle with the best!


The warmest,

cutest smile,

to brighten the gloomiest day,

a high-five for the ages,

to keep your woes at bay!


The words leap out with kindness,

some lost along the way,

but when they’re echoed from the heart,

you know just what she’s trying to say!


An aul pal,

full of character,

and mischief,


With her magical ‘Special Needs’,

maybe she’ll share some,

with me,

and you. . .

Our Mission

To create a centre dedicated to providing support and services to families and carers of people with Down syndrome; helping them to reach their full potential and creating a brighter future.

The Down Syndrome Centre is compliant with all regulatory requirements for care of children, clinical practice, teaching and governance. 

Memberships include: Down Syndrome International, the Wheel and the Charities Institute Ireland, from whom we have Triple-Lock status for fundraising, governance and financial management. 

We are registered with the Charities Regulator to whom we subimit our annual report.

Charity Number: 20055158 
CHY: 15750
Sandyford Centre
Unit 3, 82 Furze Road,
Sandyford, Dublin 18 
D18 DP49
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Willowbrook House,
Balheary Road, Swords, Dublin 
K67 R8C6
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