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The inspiring story of how a Laois man turned a life-changing accident into a bid to represent Ireland at the Paralympics

On March 14 2014, Gary O’Reilly’s life changed forever following a workplace accident which left him paralysed from the waist down. The Portlaoise man fell from a forklift and shattered three vertebrates in his back. O’Reilly had rods placed in his back to take the pressure off his spinal cord and then spent the next…


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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.