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‘Before Charlie was born, I knew no one with Down syndrome – the support of other mums has been a lifeline’

Cora Horgan talks about the impact Down Syndrome Ireland has had on her family, and the vital cycling fundraiser Tour de Munster that generates much-needed money for education and therapy programmes

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Ready, steady, go: Cora and Jim Horgan with their kids Charlie (10), Luca (2), JJ (5) and Joni (4). Photo: Dylan Vaughan

Ready, steady, go: Cora and Jim Horgan with their kids Charlie (10), Luca (2), JJ (5) and Joni (4). Photo: Dylan Vaughan

Ready, steady, go: Cora and Jim Horgan with their kids Charlie (10), Luca (2), JJ (5) and Joni (4). Photo: Dylan Vaughan

Charlie Horgan is 10 years old and the eldest of four — JJ (5), Joni (4) and Luca (2). He lives on a farm in Tipperary and loves helping his dad James with any jobs that need doing — he also loves hurling, soccer and pretty much anything which keeps him active.

Full of life and mischief, the fact that he has Down syndrome is just one aspect of his much-loved personality and, while it by no means defines him, his mother Cora says it took some getting used to initially as she had no experience of the condition before Charlie was born. But thanks to support and guidance from Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI), she soon gained all the necessary knowledge, met other parents and learned how to access relevant therapies.


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