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Wexford man Robbie Sinnott overcomes adversity to become one of handful of blind Irish people to have received a PhD

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Robbie received his PhD earlier this month.

Robbie received his PhD earlier this month.

Robbie received his PhD earlier this month.

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As a child Robbie Sinnott’s visual impairment precluded him from gaining an ordinary education, from competing on an equal footing. At that time, in the early 1980s, there simply weren’t enough resources for a boy with zero sight in one eye and just three per cent in the other, not enough braille books for him to keep up with the others.

Robbie recalls being allowed to attend a mainstream school where teachers instructed the boy sitting beside him to read on his behalf. He recalls using a powerful magnifying-glass to read, memorising the movements of his hand so he could write. Yet now, some 40 years later, the Sigginstown-native has become one of only a handful of blind Irish people to receive a PhD for his thesis A History and Phonological Study of the Native Modern Irish of Co. Wexford.


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