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Saturday 22 September 2018

Blind solicitor Sinead aims to open your eyes

At the launch of the film ' Wally's Lucky Day' were lead actor and student Ben Quinlan and Sinead Kane, Ireland's first blind solicitor. Photo: Dylan Vaughan
At the launch of the film ' Wally's Lucky Day' were lead actor and student Ben Quinlan and Sinead Kane, Ireland's first blind solicitor. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

Róisin Healy

A BLIND Cork solicitor is helping Cork charity Fight for Sight to promote a short film aimed at teenagers that emphasises eye safety awareness.

The charity is hoping to send the 30-minute fictional DVD, 'Wally's Lucky Day', which shows how everyday activities can risk eyes, to every secondary school in the country.

When Youghal woman Sinéad Kane was born she had just 5% vision and was registered blind.

Sinéad is more than aware of the importance of looking after her eyesight- eye doctors told her that she would be completely blind by the age of 23 but Sinéad has retained what sight she has.

Sinéad said: "I am 29 years old now so I am six years overdue."

This inspirational young woman earned a 2.1 honours law degree in 2004 and the following year attained a 2.1 honours masters in law degree and she is also pursuing a career as a motivational speaker.

Sinéad has long running connections with the Fight for Sight charity founder, ophthalmologist Paddy Condon, who treated her grandmother, her mother, aunts and uncles, and then Sinéad and her sister.

Sinead said: "The wheel seems to be coming full circle. Mr Condon has assisted generations of my family and now its time I assisted him and do whatever I can for his charity."

The play is written and directed by award winning director Jim Nolan and follows 16-year-old Wally on a normal day when nothing goes wrong, before he encounters people who were not so lucky.

The film is specifically geared towards teenagers, and at the end is quite graphic in order to make a strong impact.

Mr Condon launched the charity in June 1984, after several industrial accidents in the South East of Ireland resulted in young people losing their sight.

The charity aims to prevent unnecessary sight loss through research and education.

More information on the charity is available at www.fightforsight.ie and Sinéad launched her own website, The Kane Ability, at www.sineadkane.ie.

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