Ireland’s largest LEGO exhibition took place in Limerick over the weekend, October 6 and 7.
The exhibition, which took place at St John’s Pavilion, ran over two days and was organised by a local Adult Fans of Lego (AFOLs) group called ‘LimBrick City.’
The organisers partnered with Limerick Autism Group (LAG) to run the “all-inclusive” event that included speed build competitions, LEGO play areas, vendors and much more.
“People with autism and sensory issues struggle to access activities around the city,” LAG Co-Founder Keith Enright said.
There are a number of ways for an event to be considered autism-friendly, and LimBrick City featured autism-friendly queues, sensory areas and volunteer staff that worked to assist people with autism and their families over the successful weekend.
“These include us providing our mobile sensory room, autism friendly queues and LAG staff and volunteers on site to support anyone with autism that needs it,” he explained.
The volunteer organisation collected donations throughout the weekend which will contribute to the development of similar events in the city.
“LAG is completely volunteer-based and all funds raised go directly to develop and run socially inclusive activities for people with autism and their families,” Keith said.
“We have developed a number of autism and sensory friendly initiatives, these range from event such as LimBrick City and Ireland’s first autism and sensory friendly retail park.”
Limerick Autism Group was founded by Keith Enright, Caroline Hogan and Candice Enright and began with the development of Limerick autism camps, and has since evolved to running all-inclusive activities and events on a regular basis.
“We also run a lot of other activities in Limerick, they are LAG autism camps, weekly ASD movement groups and special needs sibling group.”
Earlier this year, LAG helped in developing Ireland’s first autism and sensory friendly retail park – the Parkway Retail Park.
The group has been working closely with businesses and sponsors in Limerick to further the public’s awareness of autism and encourages local retailers to become autism-friendly, or hold autism-friendly events.
Currently, a number of retailers hold autism-friendly evenings in Limerick. For more information on Limerick Autism Group, please visit their website here.