I managed to scrape through my physiology re-sit and so find myself back at Trinity for my second year of Clinical Speech and Language Studies. I consider passing that physiology exam the greatest triumph of my life so far, surpassing winning the Meteor Music award and getting my drivers licence.

As part of our first year course, we had to do a ten day placement working in the community. One of my favourite authors, Henri Nouwen had written of his experiences with the L’Arche Community and I had wanted an opportunity to spend some time there. So I was delighted when they invited me to live in one of their community houses and be part of their lives for a short period at the end of the summer.

In looking back at my brief time with L’Arche Ireland, I found the term “intellectual disability” to be meaningless, the experience of living to be heightened in every way when it occurs in close contact with others and that truth, beauty, anger and pain appear in unexpected places. There was also a lot of laughter there. I want to thank everyone who made me so welcome in the community and for anyone wanting to experience L’Arche for themselves, click here