L’Arche Ireland Community life began with the opening of our first Community in Kilkenny in 1978. Since then, our Communities have grown from strength to strength across the island of Ireland. Cork opened its first Community in 1985, Dublin in 1993 and then our Belfast Community commenced in 2001.
The ethos of each L’Arche Community is of a principle that people with Intellectual disabilities have much to achieve, teach and contribute to the world. During the last fifty years internationally, we have learned that to enable one’ is to create a Community with a culture of shared lives between people with and without disabilities, from which we can work together to grow, share, and live a diverse, inclusive and supportive life