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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Joanne over the moon as she gets ready to study criminology

Published 14/08/2014 | 02:30

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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.

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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
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
Kieran Treacy, Oranmore checks the points as son Lefan get their 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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