A Kildare man’s journey with celebral palsy and multiple sclerosis has been transformed into an insightful book called ‘Being Donnacha’.
Donnacha Rynne was born in Prosperous where he lived until he was ten with his parents Anne and Davoc, twin brother Niall, brothers Davog, Turlough and sister Aine before moving to County Clare.
The idea for Donnacha to write an account of his life came after a conversation with his uncle Barry Moore (Luka Bloom).
“My brother Barry came down to visit him and Donnacha was giving out that people don’t go to see him very often,” explained his mother Anne, who grew up in Newbridge.
“Donnacha said that he wished people would embrace the nowness of life more. Donnacha is lonely. So Barry said there was a book in that and out of that we started talking about how we were going to extract the book from him.”
Tom Pendergast, a good friend of Barry’s, was then asked to come on board and slowly but surely over the course of nearly three years the book was written.
“Donnacha is very challenged,” added Anne. “He suffered mild brain damage at birth and at 25 he was diagnosed with MS. He has the strenght of 100 lions and he has been very accepting. This book has lifed him up and he is very proud of it. It is his own contribution to the world.”
A Kildare man at heart, Donnacha moved back to Prosperous when he was 12 years of age for three years to live with his aunt, the artist Brid Ni Rinn.
“Because he was an identical twin he decided he wanted to go back to Kildare for a holiday and he wouldn’t come home,” she added.
“We knew then what a spirited young man he was. We are so proud of him. I’ve never seen him complain. His pain he says is the pain of frustration but if the sky is blue, and the sun is shining, he says we’ll have a great day. It is like having my own personal budda.”
‘Being Donnacha’ was launched recently at the Cheshire Home in Newbridge, and is available in Farrells Book Shop, Main Street, Newbridge.