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BRIAN FRIEL'S masterpiece, Dancing At Lughnasa, is one of the greatest and best loved Irish plays, and this month at the Town Hall, Blue Teapot presents a uniquely authentic production, featuring Jennifer Cox, an actor with an intellectual disability, as Rose; exactly as she was written and a milestone first for Irish theatre.
THERE IS no more appropriate way for this column to celebrate the New Year other than by reviewing the first collection of a young Galway poet who had come to notice while still at school.
Four of Athlone’s councillors attempted to navigate their way throughout Athlone’s Town Centre, using a manual wheelchair, a mobility scooter, a white cane, and other mobility aids which people with physical and sensory disabilities rely on in their day-to-day lives.
The Disability Federation of Ireland which represents more than 150 disability organisations in Ireland and lobbies on behalf of the almost 600,000 people with disabilities in Ireland has launched a pre-election campaign called ‘leave nobody behind’. The pledge the federation wants candidates to sign states that if the candidate gets elected “I will work consistently to ensure that Ireland, as a matter of urgency has a credible and functioning infrastructure of services and supports available to people with disabilities as a necessary part of Ireland’s recovery programme. I will do this through advancing the implementation of the top election priorities as set out by the Disability Federation of Ireland.”
The playground in the new town park in Castlebar will come up for debate at next months meeting of Castlebar Town Council, with councillor Harry Barrett alleging that the playground was not up to standard in providing facilities for wheelchair users. Cllr Barrett said this week that he would be putting forward a motion to the meeting to see the level of wheelchair accessible facilities improved, even though some of his council colleagues and the council management believe the playground conforms to the needs of all users.
Some 17,710 people in Mayo have a disability, according to the latest figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
People with disabilities in Galway face challenges and barriers to finding, securing, and retaining jobs, according to the Irish Association of Supported Employment which is calling on more to be done in the working world to ensure the promotion of more inclusive employment practices.
Saturday December 3 was the UN International Day of Persons with Disability. We marked it in Galway by holding what we called a ‘Speakout,’ at one o’clock outside Brown Thomas’s, where the Christmas shopping crowds were thickest. Ten of us, men and women in wheelchairs, all ages from late twenties to over eighty, spoke in turn about the need to combat our social exclusion in the city, letting the public know the everyday obstacles we face to our mobility and ease of access.
The makers of a documentary on wheelchair access in Galway city are seeking wheelchair users, carers and organisations.