My name is Cillian McSweeney

I’m 22 years old and I live in Cork city in southwest Ireland

Cillian Mc Sweeney pictured with the Knocknaheeny Youth Inititive Band. Cillian has written a number of songs using special needs assistance technology, which he and the will perform for the President at the Aras this Saturday. Further info contact Grainne Mc Hale 0876721707. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

I use a wheelchair. I can’t talk but I can communicate in a different way. I have always listened to music but I didn’t think I would be able to make music because of my disability.

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I started attending SoundOUT-Cork Music Works Project in 2010. I learned to make music using Sound Beam. I wanted to write my own music and songs. I started writing words for songs with help to write them down. I showed my music trainer/facilitator, Gráinne McHale, my songs. She loved them and said we would put them to music.

Cillian Mc Sweeney pictured with the Knocknaheeny Youth Inititive Band. Cillian has written a number of songs using special needs assistance technology, which he and the will perform for the President at the Aras this Saturday. Further info contact Grainne Mc Hale 0876721707. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

I joined the Knocknaheeny Music Project. I showed the band my words and we put the music around them. I use a Soundbeam head switch to play music electronically.

This year we played gigs in Fitzgerald’s Park, played for President Mary MacAleese and I have been interviewed on the TV3 news programme. I want to continue to write songs for others to sing. This is my future!

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