Stories

Some people with spinal cord injuries have shared their stories with us so we can all understand better what it is like to live with a spinal cord injury. If you would like to feature in stories please let us know info@spinalinjuries.ie

Aengus’ story – Recovering from an SCI to run the Dublin Marathon

In 1984, at the age of 20, Aengus Burke was a renowned soccer player who played for Portlaoise A.F.C in the Dublin A.U.L League. He was simultaneously trying to break into the League of Ireland that year too. His life came to a sudden halt in November 1984, however, when he was driving home from

Maria’s Story

I am now 28 years old and my accident happened when I was 20 years old. I had grown up around horses and my grandparents always had

Martin’s Story

On the 20th of September 2016, I celebrated my 40th year of living with a spinal cord injury. In 1976, I was in a car crash. I

This Is My Life Video Series

Watch our This Is My Life video series which highlights the personal stories of what life is like after spinal cord injury. The series highlights personal accounts

Robert’s Story

At the age of seventeen I was like nearly every other seventeen year old teenager. I had a year left in school, working part time, enjoying my

Padraig – Tall Ships

I fell off a wall at the age of 16 and broke my neck at C4/C5 level. As a result I’m paralysed from the chest down with

Kerrie’s Story

It is amazing what just over five years brings you. Where will you be in 5 years time is a question you get at every job interview

Ann’s Story

The 23rd September 2012 is a day I will not forget in a hurry. That was the date of my wedding anniversary, it was also the day

Noirin’s Story

On May 27th, 2008 the McGarvey family’s life changed forever. Sonia and her two children, Noirin (4 years old) and Aodan (2 years old) were driving to

Independent Ray

When Ray Sweeney was just 19, his Mam started at him about buying a house. “You should buy a house soon,” she’d say, “before they’re too expensive.”

Ray’s Story

Not everyone grows up next door to a plumber who drives a motorbike with a side car which carries a coffin containing his tools. With such an

The Fan

Have you ever wondered what that fan thing is for on the front of small aircraft, and some larger ones? Surely nothing that size can have anything

Getting back to work

When Tony Mangan was diagnosed with a benign spinal tumour he never dreamt that it would leave him permanently paralysed from the waist down. The 45 year

Michal’s Challenge

The Celtic Tiger was roaring at its most powerful when Michal Baran came to Ireland in 2005, here to meet a girl, the girl who is now

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