Living with dyspraxia: ‘As much as I try, I will never be a normal person’

Lee Maguire put huge pressure on himself to achieve high points in the Leaving Certificate, even though he had the disadvantage of dyspraxia to cope with.

The allowance for his diagnosis was extra time in the exams – 10 minutes per hour and a five-minute rest break per hour.

“I was determined to go to university – my number one choice was history in Trinity,” says Maguire, who is from Monaghan.

Although he was disappointed not to get enough points for that, in hindsight he believes he would have probably dropped out. Instead he did a Bachelor of Arts International in Sociology and Irish Folklore in UCD, which included a year studying in Reykjavik, followed by a Master’s of Literature in Irish Folklore.

“Over the years I have developed coping mechanisms – reaching out to family and friends for support, but also professional organisations to help me reach my potential.”

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