Ian pens song about inspirational disability campaigner

Simon Brouder

TRALEE singer-songwriter Ian O'Doherty has written the main song for a new documentary on inspiration young Cork woman and disability campaigner Joanne O'Riordan.

Joanne, from Millstreet in Cork, is one of only seven people in the world living with a rare physical disability known as Total Amelia, which means she was born without limbs.

She's never let her condition get in the way of her life and her positive outlook and inspirational attitude have seen her become well known on the world stage. She first sprang to public attention when she tackled Enda Kenny on the campaign trail ahead of the last election and went on to address the UN about her condition and life.

A documentary on Joanne "No limbs, No Limits" is due to be released on October 6 and Ian O'Doherty from Tralee has written the main song for the film's soundtrack.

The song "I Am" will be the main theme song for the documentary and the track will also be released as a charity single when the film is released to raise money for Joanne's chosen charities the ISPCE and Pieta House.

Ian, who is originally from Ard na Lí in Oakpark but who now lives in Fenit where he runs Fat Of The Land Records with his partner Ali Keane, said he was honoured to be asked to compose a song for the documentary,

"I can't put into words how honoured I am to be have been asked to write a song for the documentary - and how excited I am for Steven(O'Riordan Director) and Joanne to see their completed project. It reflects so highly of Steven, Joanne and everyone involved in the project that the majority of the music for the documentary is coming from upcoming Irish acts" said Ian.

"I was first approached by Steven in August after he heard me on Radio 1 with Miriam O'Callaghan, it was then he tasked me with writing a song for the documentary. I was conscious of the tight deadline turn around as I was in-studio recording for my album, but fast forward to today and the track "I Am" is ready to go for the October premier screening of No Limbs No Limits", says the Tralee native.

The documentary will also feature another of Ian's songs You'll Never Find Me, from his debut EP Never In Colour.


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