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Joanne O'Riordan with members of the Cork ladies football team and manager Eamon Ryan (left), at the premiere of 'No Limbs, No Limits: the Joanne O'Riordan Story' at the Opera House, Cork

Joanne O'Riordan with members of the Cork ladies football team and manager Eamon Ryan (left), at the premiere of 'No Limbs, No Limits: the Joanne O'Riordan Story' at the Opera House, Cork

Joanne O'Riordan with members of the Cork ladies football team and manager Eamon Ryan (left), at the premiere of 'No Limbs, No Limits: the Joanne O'Riordan Story' at the Opera House, Cork

SHE stunned the United Nations with her courage and determination – now Joanne O'Riordan is preparing to stun cinema-goers around the world.

The GAA-loving teenager, who was born without arms and limbs, had a day to remember yesterday after her sporting heroines, the victorious Cork All-Ireland winning ladies football team, attended the premiere of a documentary about her life.

Joanne (17) from Millstreet, Co Cork, is one of seven people in the world with Total Amelia. She also has curvature of the spine.

VIP guests gathered at Cork Opera House for the red carpet call prior to the premiere of a 75-minute documentary about Joanne's extraordinary life.

'No Limbs, No Limits' was filmed by Joanne's brother, Steven, who has treated it as a labour of love for years.

Joanne joked that she decided not to see the documentary in advance of the screening because she would have ended up requesting edits.

"I am expecting it to be one of those documentaries where I judge myself to the highest degree. 'Why did I wear that? Why is my hair that colour?'

"It is going to be fairly emotional but at the end of day I am not emotional over movies. I am more emotional over matches," she said.

Joanne added she is not perceived as being different in her home town of Millstreet. "I am just like the regular girl going through town with my friends, having the craic."

Steven dug through 10 hours of footage of his sister as a baby, with excerpts of family footage also used to depict the early years of the teenager's life.

The filmmaker thanked the Irish public for the funds raised for Joanne shortly after her birth – in the late 1990s, IR£800,000 was raised.

He also praised their parents, Anne and Joe, for their massive love and commitment to Joanne and the rest of his family.

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