A PROFOUNDLY deaf student was celebrating yesterday after he came a step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming an art teacher for deaf children.
Adrian Rynne from Inch, Ennis, Co Clare, was among the 1,300 students who graduated from Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT).
The 26-year-old, who was born deaf, was conferred with a higher diploma in art, for art and design teachers. The Clare student already has a bachelor degree in fine arts from the School of Art and Design at LIT.
Mr Rynne had nothing but praise for the support he received from his sign language interpreter Dympna Hehir.
"I found education very difficult because being born deaf meant everything was new to me, like learning to read," he explained.
"There wasn't very much support available until I got to Limerick Senior College and then to LIT where I was assigned a sign language interpreter to help me."
His mother Annemarie said he was "an inspiration".