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Cork Lives
Eoghan Barry, from Lisheen, rows with a prosthetic arm.
Eoghan Barry, from Lisheen, rows with a prosthetic arm.

Cork rower who uses prosthetic arm is to feature on TV's 'Big Life Fix'

DESPITE being born without one of his hands, Eoghan Barry, from West Cork, is a promising rower.

His family and rowing coaches have tried everything to come up with an attachment for his arm that would allow him to row safely — but now a breakthrough may finally be close.

Eoghan, from Skibbereen, features in the next episode of Big Life Fix on RTÉ1 on Wednesday at 9.35pm, as over the course of a year, Dr David McKeown attempts to come up with a rowing arm and a system for his boat that will allow him to compete in his favourite sport.

Eoghan Barry and David McKeown in 'Big Life Fix', on RTÉ 1.
Eoghan Barry and David McKeown in 'Big Life Fix', on RTÉ 1.

The series challenges a group of leading designers, engineers, computer programmers and technology experts to create inventions that will transform people’s lives.

Filmed over the course of a year, the group uses cutting edge science and technology to build practical solutions for those who need their help.

Based at TOG, a facility for makers in the Blackpitts area of Dublin city, the team harnesses the power of science to create tailor-made inventions for individuals and families. Between them, they can build everything from space satellites to life-saving medical devices and military hardware.

Made with the support of Science Foundation Ireland, this TV series marries real problems and human drama with science, proving that with a little bit of ingenuity — nothing is impossible.

Also in next week’s episode, we meet Roisin Foley, a 31-year-old single mum of three from Crumlin who has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. The progression of the disease cannot be slowed, but designer Trevor Vaugh and electronics engineer Chiara Cavarra want to help.

Roisin’s voice is getting weaker and they need to come up with a way to preserve it and find unique ways for her to use it.