Being blind since the age of two has not stopped Brendan Laffan living a full and active life. As well as studying and playing soccer, he also presents his own show on West Limerick community radio.
And this weekend, he is helping to organise a tea dance to raise money for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind organisation.
The dance takes place in the clubhouse of Fr Casey’s, Abbeyfeale on Sunday from 3-6pm, with music by Mike Condon.
“It will be a good day - there will be music, refreshments and a raffle,” Brendan said.
Brendan himself has been on the waiting list for a guide dog for the past eight years and is just waiting to find a suitable place to live where he can accommodate a dog.
“For me, it would mean that I could go out to the shops or walk to the bus and it would cut down on taxi fares,” he said.
Brendan went blind at the age of two after developing a brain tumour which killed his optic nerve. However, he hasn’t let his disability prevent him from achieving his goals. After attending primary school in Kilfinny and doing his Junior Cert in Colaiste na Trocaire, Rathkeale, he completed his secondary education in a special school for the blind in Dublin. He subsequently studied business in LIT, Tipperary and is currently doing a computer course.
In his spare time, he plays blind soccer, when not volunteering with West Limerick 102FM where he is well-known to listeners for his popular hourlong music show on Tuesdays from 1-2pm.
He currently lives independently in Newcastle West.