Bríd is all smiles as she scoops the top prize in competition
Kerry girl Bríd Courtney was all smiles yesterday after scooping the top prize in a national competition aimed at promoting positive attitudes towards disability in primary schools.
Ardfert National School pupil Bríd (12) - who has cerebral palsy and communicates using an iPad - enlisted the help of her pals in sixth class to make a video essay about her everyday life as part of the 'Someone Like Me' government initiative.
Speaking at the awards ceremony at Farmleigh House, Bríd's proud mother Deirdre said: "Bríd has had eight great years at primary school. They have been very inclusive. It's wonderful."
Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Riordáin presented the winner with €10,000 worth of computer equipment for her school.
"It is so important to teach children from a young age to respect themselves and how unique they are and also to respect the uniqueness of the people around them," Mr Ó Riordáin said.