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Inspirational Cork teen shortlisted for Outstanding Young Person Of The World award

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Joanne O'Riordan needs your support
Joanne O'Riordan needs your support

Joanne O'Riordan, the inspirational Cork teen, is one of 20 people in the running to win the prestigious Outstanding Young Person Of The World award.

O'Riordan, 19, rose to national prominence back in 2011 when she took on the government regarding cuts to disability funding.

Since then the Millstreet native, who has Tetra-amelia syndrome, a congenital disorder characterised by the absence of all four limbs, has spoken to the UN, appeared on the Late Late Show and worked with Trinity College to develop technology that can make her life easier.

A documentary about her life, 'No Limbs, No Struggle', was also released last year.

Now she is one of 20 young people nominated for the honour of Outstanding Young Person of the year, given by the Junior Chambers International Association.

The 20 nominees will be whittled down to 10 next week and you can help Joanne make the cut by clicking here and voting for her. The voting closes on August 18.

Speaking in the Mirror, Joanne said: "This has made my entire summer, seriously, outstanding person of the world. It has a good ring to it.

"Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought I would be worthy of such an honour.

"It would be truly incredible to clinch the prize and make it all the way to Japan not just for me for Ireland as a whole."