Maeve & Brendan’s Story

Brendan is 6 years old. He lives with his Mom Maeve, Dad Philip and brother and sister Felipe and Clara.

Brendan has a neuro-physical disability. This means that he, like the approximately 140,000 children in Ireland with a disability, faces barriers to using playgrounds.

His family, and families like Brendan’s were involved in the design of Crann’s fully accessible Playground and Leisure Area, which began construction in July. The design was developed in partnership with the Department of Occupational Therapy at University College Cork.

“Speaking with the Crann team and the UCC researchers, Helen and Alice, was the first opportunity that we, as a family, had a say in something that was being designed for families like us”, said Brendan’s mother Maeve.

“When it is built, this amenity will mean Brendan can fully experience the fun and enjoyment of a playground, and play side-by-side with friends and family. This is something that we are really excited about.”

When asked why he was excited about the project he said “I’m excited about the new playground cos it has a pizza oven and a pirate ship and lots of space to wheel around!”

“The design of the new playground is fantastic, to have a whole playground that is accessible opens up a world of fun for children with disabilities”, says Maeve.

Find out more about Crann’s Accessible Playground and Leisure Area here.

Brendan and his family pictured with An Taoiseach Micheál Martin outside the Crann Building
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