A FORMER special needs teacher from Limerick has just published her debut children’s book despite suffering from a rare neurological disease and has announced that all proceeds are to be donated to the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland.
Mairead Maguire from Corbally in Limerick was forced to retire in 2009 from Scoil Ide, where she worked as a special needs assistant following a diagnosis of Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA).
However Mairead was determined not to let her illness stop her from fulfilling a life long dream and decided to set about writing her first children’s novel.
“I finally got the opportunity to write the book when I retired. I have always loved the English language and the love which children have for reading books. I always hoped to write something like this,” she said. So far proceeds from sales of the book have raised €2,500 which has been donated to the Parkinsons Association of Ireland. Not content there, Mairead also decided to translate the book into an Irish language version titled Sicín and opted to donate all proceeds to community group Comharchumman an Leith Truigh in West Kerry. Chief executive of the Parkinson’s Association Keith Adams congratulated Mairead on her wonderful book, describing her as an inspiration.
“Proceeds from this book will help support the work we do with thousands of Parkinson’s sufferers around the country. Despite dealing with personal adversity, Mairead’s new book has proved to be an inspiration to countless others with debilitating neurological conditions,” he enthused.
Both books cost €10 and are available from Parkinsons.ie.