My ‘Brief Encounter’ with Martin Naughton, by Alannah Murray

My name is Alannah Murray, and I met Martin almost to this day (2 April 2017) a year ago. While I’ve been disabled since I was 6 by an auto immune disease not uncommon to Lupus, I had no contact with the disabled community really. I went to a mainstream school, had a regular upbringing … Continue reading My ‘Brief Encounter’ with Martin Naughton, by Alannah Murray

The West Awakes, and Making Waves in Clare, by Dermot Hayes

In the mid-eighties and up to 1992 I worked in a place that was known locally as  ‘’The Shed’’: Roxton, Corofin County Clare. I am a native of there and from a family of 13 children. My family expected me to remain an invalid at home: and go to mass, with only the annual trip … Continue reading The West Awakes, and Making Waves in Clare, by Dermot Hayes

My Experience of Employing Personal Assistants – We must Have the Courage to Bite the Hand that Feeds Us – By Peter Moore

      I employed my first assistant in 1984, shortly after Liam Maguire’s death.  I was 33 years of age, and Liam was such a huge figure in the disability rights movement of the time and had had such an influence on me I decided a book about his life should be written.  I … Continue reading My Experience of Employing Personal Assistants – We must Have the Courage to Bite the Hand that Feeds Us – By Peter Moore