This week, over 120 amateur cyclists will join the legendary Seán Kelly in the 600km Tour de Munster in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI). In the last four years, the event has raised €1.1m for the association in Munster to fund essential services from speech therapy to literacy skills. One of the latest initiatives – all thanks to the Tour – is cookery classes for young people with Down’s syndrome, run by the Tipperary branch of DSI.

Launched in January, the classes are held in Tipperary town, Cahir and Ballycahill, with small groups of two to three students to maximise hands-on time. So far, there are 11 students, but the pilot programme has shown great potential, says cookery teacher Eileen O’Donnell.