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

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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

By Us With US. Get onboard there Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – We’re on the Move. by John Doyle

Moving forward requires FORWARD MOVEMENT and PERPETUAL MOTION. We cannot get to where we want to go without unity of purpose, vision, and fearless determination. Remembering where we came from is the key to getting to where we want to go. The way in which western society reacts to people with a disability has changed … Continue reading By Us With US. Get onboard there Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – We’re on the Move. by John Doyle