Limerick mum designs Brain Teaser game 

Donal O'Regan


Donal O'Regan

Limerick mum designs Brain Teaser game 

Catherine O’Heney with her kids Sarah and Paul and the game

A COUNTY Limerick mum-of-five has created a game that provides hours of fun – and will never need to be charged!

Catherine O’ Heney, Kilteely, says Brain Teaser - a peg board game for one person - is stimulating, fun and will give hours of enjoyment to young and old. Catherine, whose background is in business and special needs, saw the opening for such games when she gave up work following the birth of her third child. Married to Brendan, she now lives in Emly with their five children – Paul, 17; Aidan, 15; Kate, 13; Sarah, 8 and Darragh, 5.

Catherine saw the amount of time children can spend either looking at or playing on screens. Having grown up playing board games, football and hurling she is passionate about finding a happy medium between computers and traditional activities.

It was while working on a trigonometry question with her eldest, Paul, that Catherine came up with Brain Teaser.

“It is a combination of draughts and solitaire. We combined these two games in a triangle,” said Catherine, who played Gaelic Football with Limerick.

It involves moving pegs around a board trying to eliminate a peg each move you make and see can you have one peg remaining to win the game.

It is very good for the dexterity of movement of your fingers, especially for an older person, who wants to keep the circulation going in their fingers, and stimulating the brain at the same time. It has gone into day care centres and rehabilitation centres. People in the early stages of Alzeimher’s and recovering from strokes have found benefits in playing it. It is an ideal game for children to play in schools on a wet day,” she said. 

Only 400 of the 3,000 games, made at home, remain.

It is available in her local shop, Callanans in Emly, Nagle’s Eurospar in Bruff and Joe Whelan’s Toymaster, Tipperary. Catherine thanks them and Tipperary Enterprise Board for all their support.

“The best news about this peg board game is that there are no batteries required to run it.  It contains a solid timber piece of wood, which will last a lifetime,” she said.