Ian O connell

“If you can’t stand up. Stand out.”

These are Ian O’Connell’s words and something to ponder today- you can overcome anything in life.

This is his story:

When he was just 16-year-old, Ian became paralysed from the neck down after falling off his bike at Killarney National Park.

After hitting his bike against a log, Ian tumbled over the handlebars and fell.

“The minute I hit the ground, I just heard a crack in my neck and lost all feeling. I didn’t know my body was there,” he said. 

After enduring such a horrific accident, Ian’s bravery, strength and positivity is truly remarkable.