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Adversity honour for Caoimhín

AN Ennis pupil has become one of only 14 young people from around the world to be recognised with an award presented to outstanding individuals who have excelled despite adversities.The Irlen Institute’s Yes I Can award programme is presented to individuals with Irlen Syndrome, a condition that affects perception and which can cause reading difficulties, concentration problems and behaviour issues. This week, 11-year-old Caoimhín Mungovan, a pupil at Ennis National School, was presented with an honourable mention award from the Californian-based institute. Irlen Syndrome affects the way the brain processes visual information and research has found it can be corrected with the use of coloured overlays and special glasses. Caoimhín was introduced to the treatment by teacher at Ennis National School and Irlen screener, Fiona de Buitléir.After being screened for the condition, he was examined by Irlen diagnostician Aislinn Ryan from Waterford, who diagnosed which colour lenses, which have to be sent from America, would be most helpful for him. …

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