Joanne over the moon as she gets ready to study criminology
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.