Young sporting Hero who is hard of hearing

Sean O'Connor from Lisgriffin accepts the Hidden Hearing Heroes award from Gay Byrne.Being hard of hearing has not let a young Lisgriffin boy hold him back in life – as he plays soccer, football and hurling and, for good measure, he goes horse riding.

Bubbly 12 year-old Seán O’Connor was presented with his award by broadcasting legend Gay Byrne after he won a ‘Hidden Hearing Heroes award, which highlight the achievements of those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Seán’s mother Diane, who is also hard of hearing, put her son’s name forward for the award. This week the proud mom, who described Sean as “a great little man”, said he has “a fantastic attitude and just gets on with his sporting activities,” without allowing his hearing disability to hold him back.

After being diagnosed five years ago Sean told his mom “if I need the hearing aids then I need them.”

“That was his attitude from the word go. It was fantastic,” Diane said.

To read more about the Hidden Hearing Heroes awards see Hidden Hearing website.

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