We would like to express sincere thanks to our Parents Association, who funded and organised a virtual visit from Joanne O’Riordan on Thursday Jan. 28th.

Joanne spoke with our hard-working 6th year group and shared her inspirational story. The girls were all aware of who Joanne is due to her participation in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition as a secondary school student and her film “No Limbs No Limits” which has been viewed by 15 million people worldwide.

Joanne began by highlighting that she hates the word disability and how she only sees ability in her life. She explained how technology has been key to unlocking her independence and is constantly testing her own abilities. She believes there is no disability in life, only a bad outlook. The girls received some fantastic advice during the talk and Joanne’s words of encouragement were made all the more memorable thanks to her infectious laughter and fantastic story-telling abilities. As a social activist, she highlighted to the girls that we need people in our society who care deeply and who never lose hope and vision of a brighter future.

The girls were full of praise for Joanne and thanked her for the motivation and positivity she brought. As a pure act of altruism, Joanne requested that the girls use her fee to make a donation to a charitable organisation of their choosing. The year group have made a donation to The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, an organisation close to the girls’ heart.

Joanne, also a sports journalist with The Irish Times, Red FM  and hersport.ie has promised to keep in touch with the school, to carry out interviews with our very many Bower athletes and check in on the progress of our exciting out-door sports facilities development. We thank her for spending the afternoon with us and we look forward to being able to welcome her to the school in person, to speak to other groups in the future.