Wednesday 26 November 2014

Joanne over the moon as she gets ready to study criminology

Published 14/08/2014 | 02:30

Pictured at the launch of the Malin to Mizen Horse & Carriage Drive for Cancer Research are from left Orla Dolan and Ann O'Sullivan Breakthrough Cancer Research, Dr. Patrick Forde, Cork Cancer Research Centre, John McMahon, event organiser and Joanne O'Riordan.
Joanne O'Riordan

An Irish teen born without arms and legs celebrated a double triumph after scoring an excellent Leaving Cert and being awarded a prestigious university scholarship.

Joanne O'Riordan (18) was "absolutely over the moon" to have secured a prestigious Quercus talented students' scholarship from University College Cork (UCC).

The scholarship is worth up to €10,000 and was awarded to the north Cork teen under the active citizenship category in light of her remarkable contribution to Irish society and civic life.

Joanne, a student at Millstreet Community College, was the focus of a remarkable film by her brother, Steven, entitled No Limbs, No Limits.

Joanne is one of only seven people in the world suffering from Amelia, a condition that has left her born without arms and legs. She will now study criminology at UCC.

"I want people to know and understand that education is a way to a better life. Education should be inclusive and open to all abilities. We need to invest in our future because our future is the key to our success as a country," Joanne said.

UCC have transformed the complex in which Joanne will live for the next three years.

"They are making the environment in which I will study more accessible. "I hope that these changes will not only help me but others like me. Today is not just a good day for people with disabilities, it's a great day."

Her parents, Joe and Ann, said it was a very proud day for their entire family.

UCC said more than 1,000 disabled students are fulfilling their potential at the Cork college.

Students from the Presentation college in Tuam who were delighted with their Leaving cert results, pictured are Lisa St. John, Caherlistrane and Nicola Comer, Annaghdown . Photo: Ray Ryan
Students from the Presentation college in Tuam who were delighted with their Leaving cert results, pictured are Lisa St. John, Caherlistrane and Nicola Comer, Annaghdown . Photo: Ray Ryan
Students from the Presentation college in Tuam who were delighted with their Leaving cert results Gabby Luksaite, Tuam and Jade Costello, Corofin. Photo: Ray Ryan
Cistercian College Roscrea student Matthew Kavanagh from Urlingford, County Kilkenny centre, receiving top honours. Photo: Sean Curtin
Students from the Presentation college in Tuam who were delighted with their Leaving cert results Shauna Harte, Milltown and Ellen Byrne, Barnaderg. Photo: Ray Ryan
Leaving cert students from Tuam who were delighted with their Leaving cert results, pictured are Sarah Kilkelly, Ryan Mangan, Lisa Ryan and Leah Kelly. Photo: Ray Ryan
Louise Collins, Mariesa Corbett and Rachel Coote, Ennis after getting their Leaving Certificate results at St Flannans College ,Ennis on Wednesday morning. Photograph by Eamon Ward
Aislinn Mc Phillips achieved 600 points in her Leaving Certificate examination and is a student in St Louis Secondary School, Monaghan. Philip Fitzpatrick.
Jack Hartnett, Montenotte, and Tim Fannon, Cobh, who received 8 A1s (Higher), in their Leaving Cert at Christian Brothers College, Cork. Pic: Provision
From left to right: Triplets Oisin, Daire, and Tristan as they collected their Leaving Cert results in Blackrock College Dublin.
Conor Gallagher - with his incredible 9A1s Leaving Cert results. Photo: Orlagh Bailey
Leaving cert students from Tuam who were delighted with their Leaving cert results, pictured are Sarah Kilkelly, Ryan Mangan, Lisa Ryan and Leah Kelly. Photo: Ray Ryan
Declan Cronin, Ciara Hanlon and Eanna Burke from St. Brrigid's Vocational School, Loughrea, Co. Galway happy with their results at the leaving Cert results. Picture: Hany Marzouk
Aoife Farrell, James Tyler, Ennis and Fiona O'Neill, Newmarket after getting their Leaving Certificate results at St Flannans College ,Ennis on Wednesday morning. Photograph by Eamon Ward
Erica Coen, Laura Sweeney and Maria Cooney from St. Brrigid's Vocational School, Loughrea, Co. Galway happy with their results at the leaving Cert results. Picture: Hany Marzouk
Proud parents Tom & Myriam McCann, Oranmore with their daughter Orla as she get her results at Calasanctius College Oranmore on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Travers.
Fiona Caulfield, Creganna with her daughter Eimear as she get her results at Calasanctius College Oranmore on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Travers.
Fiona Caulfield, Creganna with her daughter Eimear as she get her results at Calasanctius College Oranmore on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Travers.
Christina Hynes & John Cormican get their results at Calasanctius College Oranmore on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Travers.
Róisín McInerney & Heleigh Joyce get their results at Calasanctius College Oranmore on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Travers.
Laura Brennan & Orla Duggan get their results at Calasanctius College Oranmore on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Travers.
Aine Walsh, Rosshill phones the good news as her daughter Christina Walsh gets her results at Calasanctius College Oranmore on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Travers.
Kieran Treacy, Oranmore checks the points as son Lefan get their results at Calasanctius College Oranmore on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Travers.

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