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Voice Of The Mirror: Courage of Claire should inspire us all.

COURAGE is displayed in many different ways.

On a battlefield, it can earn a soldier a medal.

It's also what makes someone jump into raging seas to save a drowning man. But great courage can also be found in much less dramatic circumstances.

Few could argue that it's what Claire Gallagher has been displaying for the past three years.

As a 15-year-old teenager, she was left blinded and badly disfigured by the Omagh bomb blast.

It was a doubly crippling blow for a young girl on the brink of womanhood.

After many, many months in hospital, her injuries healed but her scars remain and sadly her sight has gone forever.

Who could have blamed Claire if she had pulled the duvet over her head and cocooned herself in self-pity forever.

But Claire refused to give up, and day after day she fought against all the odds to make something of her life.

Yesterday, that struggle brought her another milestone along the stony path that has become her destiny.

Amongst all the thousands of A-level successes being celebrated across Britain, none was more poignant than the one in the Gallagher household.

Claire has overcome her disability to win a place at university.

Now that's courage.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2001
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