Straight after Pádraig’s morning session, I drove West. To Limerick. It was great to talk to my colleagues and to hear how things were going. It was also sad and, in other time, it would have been really upsetting in a way. Not so today. Anyway, the primary reason to drive West today was to go to Askeaton and Coláiste Mhuire to meet students doing a transition year project with their fabulous teacher on  – guess what?

Acquired Brain Injury.

We talked about brain injury, Pádraig’s accident, the help he received in Germany, what the situation is in Ireland, and our decision to establish An Saol to change the disgrace that is the way persons with a severe acquired brain injury are treated here – in under-resourced nursing homes (in most cases and as a matter of course).


They are thinking big the way we all should. The older we get, the more complicated things seem to get – it’s an illusion you don’t fall for when you are – or remain – young.

Next March, there will be 4,000 people assembling for the world record for the largest number of people with a helmet ever, 4,000, in one place.

It was an absolutely brilliant, motivating, energising afternoon with beautiful people determined to make the world a better place.