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Michael O’Doherty’s motto in life is "I can and I will".

Michael O’Doherty attends Enable Ireland’s centre for adults with disabilities in Limerick.

Photo of Mikey O'Donerty

‘Mikey, as his friends know him, is 22 years old and, with the support of Enable Ireland and his life coach, he is now living independently in Limerick City, on the banks of the River Shannon. His motto is ‘I can and I will’. He has a physical disability that is a form of Cerebral Palsy.

Mikey loves poetry and surfing. He produces a radio programme on his local QCFM, a radio station established and run by Enable Ireland. He’s planning a mountain biking trip and he loves to travel.

 

"I came to Enable Ireland in September 2011. My first impression was it was like coming into a colourful warm atmosphere where I was made feel very welcome, straight away I felt part of the gang."

Since I came here I have taken more responsibility for my own life and for deciding my own future. I love History so I would like to work in a museum or heritage centre telling people about local history. I would like to own my own house and have a car and a family. My motto is ‘I can and I will’. No matter whom you are or what your abilities are, you should always follow your dream.”

I opted to do a course in Contemporary Living in Mary Immaculate College here in Limerick. I have been going there 3 days a week and I was delighted to be made Student Rep - a position I enjoyed very much. I have just finished 4th year and I am looking forward to returning in September to work on my academic writing. I spend the rest of the week with Enable Ireland. I do different activities like Boccia, I do a radio show on our in-house station QCFM which I really enjoy. In the Summer time we go surfing to Lahinch in Co. Clare which is great fun. There is a great variety of activities available to us. We’re all encouraged to get involved in what we’re interested in.

One thing that I am very proud of is setting up a Poetry Group which takes place on Thursday mornings. We invite a guest every week to read a poem of their choice and one of the parents wrote a poem especially about our Poetry morning and I think that has been the highlight of our season so far, everyone is welcome to participate. We now have published our own poetry book entitled “The Thursday Club” which we are really proud of.

Spoken Dance, Limerick’s First integrated dance company, created the series ‘Moving On’, a combined film and contemporary dance performance. Two of the films represent the poetry of the Thursday Club. The short film ‘A Sense of Pleasure’ featuring dancers of Spoken Dance group have been nominated for two awards in the Limerick Film Festival.

"Overall Enable means a lot to me, it’s my home away from home."

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