Offaly man's book is by word of mouth


A book by a remarkable man was launched in Tullamore, Co Offaly, last week. Life Off the Tip Of My Tongue is the story of David Boland, who was born with cerebral palsy.

David, who has limited movement, wrote the book on a computer using a mouthpiece attached to his tongue.

The writing took three years, and the story begins 30 years ago when David was born into a family of 10 children.

Unfortunately for David, there were no residential courses available in the area when he was young, so he attended a residential centre in Dublin.

However, with the greater awareness of disability, David was able to return home and attend local schools.

In 1988 he was selected to represent Ireland at the Paralympics in Seoul and won a number of medals there.

Ms Anne Ogle, information technology tutor at Aras Eoghain, Portlaoise, a centre which David attends on a regular basis, said David came up with the idea of using a mouthpiece to work on the computer.

Copies are available from Lee's Pub, Church Street, Tullamore, Co Westmeath, and from local bookshops in Tullamore, at £6.99.