Due to the pandemic Covid-19 and the measures that are in place, the Clare Association Dublin/Muintir an Chláir Annual Dinner Dance has been postponed until further notice together with the AGM planned for Wednesday 27th, May 2020. Stay safe!

The Clare Association, Dublin – Muintir an Chláir

is delighted to announce

 Dr. Susan Crawford, Autism Advocate

 as Clareperson of the Year 2020.

The Clare Association, Dublin will honour Mary Fitzgerald with a Clare Association Hall of Fame Award for her outstandingSusan Crawford is being recognised for her efforts to address quality of life issues for children and adults with autism.

Through her commitment to education, research and the provision of practical programmes she is striving to make a real difference in the lives of those on the autism spectrum. She promotes the necessity of fundamental movement skills in regulating behaviours especially those of people with autism.

Susan’s interest in the area of autism was inspired by her own son, Tomás, being diagnosed with autism in 1998.

She specialises in focusing on autism from research, policy and practice perspectives. She has been actively involved in addressing the learning and overall development of education, health and activity programmes for children and adults with autism for over 20 years.

She completed a PhD in the field of Fundamental Movement Skills and Autism in 2007. She is a two time Fulbright Award winner for her work on development of autism awareness programmes. She has researched and developed the Get Autism Active online programme.

Get Autism Active is committed to developing skills of movement for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Research has demonstrated that having a repertoire of movement provides opportunity for further development of health related physical activity, participation in exercise and sport and social inclusion. It also enhances inclusive practice and development of opportunity particularly for children and adults with diverse needs.

The objectives of the programme are to attain equality of access for all especially in the areas of skill development, education and health. Its specialty area of expertise and research includes fundamental movement skill development for children and adults with autism and health related research across the lifespan.Susan is actively involved in fundraising and developing awareness of and for Autistic Spectrum Disorders. She has completed marathons, half marathons and 10k runs all over the world including one in the Antarctic. Susan’s son Tomás is also a keen runner and has joined her to complete several 10km runs and half marathons nationally and internationally. In 2019, she undertook a 2,500 km walk, run and cycle along the Wild Atlantic Way from Kinsale to Donegal in a bid to build awareness around autism and to promote Ireland as “autism active and autism aware”.


Hall of Fame Award 2020 for

Mary Fitzgerald of Clare Haven Services.


The Clare Association, Dublin will honour Mary Fitzgerald with a Clare Association Hall of Fame Award for her outstanding contribution to the community through the provision of refuge and support services with Clare Haven Services to women and children fleeing domestic abuse.This award honours not only Mary’s efforts and also recognises the dedication and efforts of Colette Redington, Gerry Brennan and Madeline McAleer and the tremendous work of the Clare Haven Horizons Charity Shop which supports both the frontline services and the development work.Clare Haven Services is a voluntary organisation providing 24 hour residential refuge accommodation together with support and information to women and children who experience domestic abuse. It has an extensive range of support services to meet the needs of each individual and each family situation.

Haven Horizons, a national charity, has also been established to work to break the cycle of domestic abuse through international best practice and evidence-based prevention models and is committed to the elimination of gender based violence in society.

In addition a special recognition Meitheal award will be presented to the Ennis Tidy Towns Committee for their outstanding contribution to their local environment and for their consistency of achievement in the National Tidy Towns Competition.

Ennis Tidy Towns has over the years received a number of accolades from the National Tidy Towns Competition and is currently ranked Ireland’s tidiest large urban centre.

These awards will be presented at the Clare Association Dublin Annual Dinner Dance which will be held at Treacy's West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare on Saturday 28th March 2020. Dinner will be served at 7.30 pm followed by the awards ceremony and dancing until late with music by The Patrick Roche Band. Tickets for this award night can be obtained through the associations website info@clareassociationdublin.ie or from Gerry on 086 849 8192.

The Clare Association, Dublin, aims to bring Clare people in the capital together, to create links with Clare people further afield and to render, where possible, aid and co-operation to worthy undertakings, objects and causes in or associated with Co. Clare.  The highlight of our year is the Clare Person of the Year Award which is presented at our annual dinner dance.

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