Ian O Connell🇮🇪 - instagram lists #feedolist

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Be yourself and be true to yourself because an original is worth more than a copy❤🤞 #rehab #quadriplegic #paralysis #disability #reeveseeus #myyear #wheelchair #whatsyourexcuse #onwards #bigthingstocome #summer #happy #instagood #beyourself #style #2019 #nobodyisgoingtostopme #lawofattraction #ifyoucantstandupstandout #youdonthavetobeabletostandup #forsomebodytolookuptoyou

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Recorded my Workout today, getting stronger every day, I'm not going to stop. Failure is not the opposite to Success, it's part of Success. You never realise how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have. I've noticed that the only reason people fail in life is because they listen to people and not themselves. People who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are usually the ones who do. Happy 4th of July🇺🇲 Celebrating, wearing my @properwhiskey hat. @thenotoriousmma #gettingthereslowly #4thofjuly #america #quadriplegic #paralysis #disability #reeveseeus #myyear #wheelchair #whatsyourexcuse #onwards #bigthingstocome #summer #happy #instagood #propertwelve #whiskey #ifyoucantstandupstandout #youdonthavetobeabletostandup #forsomebodytolookuptoyou

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SPA ABU💙💛 #brokethecycle #upspa #pride #rehab #quadriplegic #paralysis #disability #reeveseeus #myyear #wheelchair #whatsyourexcuse #onwards #bigthingstocome #summer #happy #instagoodlife #ifyoucantstandupstandout #youdonthavetobeabletostandup #forsomebodytolookuptoyou

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I am aware that I have a lot more followers compared to the last time that I posted this picture. I drew this picture with a pencil in my mouth ( mouth art ) while I was in Rehab after my accident. I had absolutely no interest in drawing/painting before my accident and couldn't draw a house even using my hands. I drew Conor McGregor because Im a huge fan of him + I wanted to set myself a challenge as I always like to do. My message here is basically never shy away from a challenge or an opportunity. You don't know what will come out of it. I genuinely didn't think I would be capable of doing this. I realize how unique my path has been, and l am proud I was the creator of that path. So never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know. #pride #conormcgregor #picasso #mouthart #drawing #ireland #rehab #quadriplegic #paralysis #disability #reeveseeus #myyear #wheelchair #whatsyourexcuse #onwards #bigthingstocome #summer #2019 #ifyoucantstandupstandout #youdonthavetobeabletostandup #forsomebodytolookuptoyou

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Getting the Milk bottles out for the Day that's in it❤📸 #pride #dog #rehab #quadriplegic #paralysis #disability #reeveseeus #myyear #wheelchair #whatsyourexcuse #onwards #bigthingstocome #summer #ifyoucantstandupstandout #youdonthavetobeabletostandup #forsomebodytolookuptoyou

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As much as I miss the aul bit or GAA. I'm grateful to be still so involved in my club @spagaa I remember one particular night when I was in the Mater Hospital at 2 O clock in the morning when I couldn't sleep, staring at pictures of me playing football on the wall and I have no shame in saying I remember crying to myself staring at the pictures and my wheelchair parked up beside them, thinking. "Will I ever lace up my football boots again" At the end of the day there's nothing you can do and it's as simple as that. Everything I loved doing was taken away from me, but I have got so much back. A head full of fears have no space for dreams. And remember. Tough times don't last, tough people do. #pride #football #gaa #playthelowballinhaigh #disabillityawareness #wheelchairsports #rehab #quadriplegic #paralysis #disability #reeveseeus #myyear #wheelchair #whatsyourexcuse #onwards #bigthingstocome #2019 #spagaa #ifyoucantstandupstandout #youdonthavetobeabletostandup #forsomebodytolookuptoyou

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Today the 2 Paramedics/Ambulance drivers who attended the scene to me when my accident happened called to see me. It's hard to believe that it was 673 days ago, 2 years this August. It only feels like yesterday I was thrown 8 feet over the handlebars falling and breaking four Bones in my neck, developing a collapsed lung and a bleed to the brain. I can clearly remember only being able to move my eyes as these 2 men knelt down beside me introducing themselves in their bright yellow jackets, it was like something in a movie. Without their professionalism of our first responders situations like mine could have been a lot worse. Truly from the bottom of my heart. THANK YOU🙏❤ #pride #999 #ambulance #medics #16/08/2017 #hospital #rehab #quadriplegic #paralysis #disability #reeveseeus #myyear #wheelchair #whatsyourexcuse #onwards #bigthingstocome #2019 #nostoppingme #nothingcanstopme #provethemwrong #wheelchairlife #ifyoucantstandupstandout #youdonthavetobeabletostandup #forsomebodytolookuptoyou

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Theres always time for new beginnings in life. Don't be afraid to start over. It's a brand new opportunity to rebuild what you truly want. No matter what position you're in life right now, tomorrow is a new day and a fresh opportunity to be a new you. You have no idea what tomorrow holds, it's crazy when someone comes to your life and you expect nothing out of it, but suddenly, right in front of you is everything you ever needed. Some people come into your life as blessings, others come into your life as lessons. If you can't figure out where you stand with some people, it might be time to stop standing and start walking. I usually give people more chances than they deserve, but when I'm done, I'm done. I sit back and observe everybody in my life, weather we talk every day or not. I know who motivates me and keeps it 100. I also know who talks about me and smiles to my face. I know who I can trust and who I need to keep a distance with. Weather I say anything or let you be fake, I know. The sooner you find the real people in your life the better. At the end of the day, the people we are surrounded by is a reflection on yourself. NEVER trust a person who has let you down more than twice. Once was a warning, twice was a lesson, and anything more than that is simply taking advantage. Fake people believe in rumours, real people believe in you. Real friends will tell you a truth that hurts you because they care too much to help you live a lie that will eventually destroy you. Sometimes your circle decreases in size, but increases in value. Take me or leave me, I am not perfect, but I am worth it. #realfriends #fakefriends #quadriplegic #paralysis #disability #reeveseeus #myyear #wheelchair #whatsyourexcuse #onwards #bigthingstocome #summer #ifyoucantstandupstandout #youdonthavetobeabletostandup #forsomebodytolookuptoyou

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Working on my Core today✊ABBS MAGEE💪🏼 The worst thing about having a disability is that people see it before they see you. I won't let that happen❤ #core #6pack #exercise #pushyourself #pain #rehab #quadriplegic #paralysis #disability #reeveseeus #myyear #wheelchair #whatsyourexcuse #2019 #onwards #bigthingstocome #SCI #ifyoucantstandupstandout #youdonthavetobeabletostandup #forsomebodytolookuptoyou

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Really looking forward to this Christmas. Last Christmas was spent in hospital, I was allowed to go to a hotel last Christmas day it was my very first time out in public after my accident. I remember staying up to watch the Late late toy show with my parents and going back to the ward I was on at 12:30, I remember getting really emotional and upset for some reason, probably because I didn't deserve to be in hospital hooked up to machines and being monitored on Christmas..nobody deserves that. On the other hand I was in alot of a better position than alot of people. So I'm really looking forward to spending this Christmas with family and friends. Be grateful for where you are and what you have in life, because there are people out there not as fortunate as you.🤞 #turkeyandham

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●Throwback to before my accident 🙌 Sometimes life comes at you fast. The least you should know is that you can do anything if you try, that nothing can stop you. You are what you say you are, and no-one can take that from you. Life is that valuable thing that is unique to you. It's funny how fast people can change, one day you mean everything, the next day they treat you like you don't even exist. Surround yourself with good people.❤ #throwback #views #rehab #quadriplegic #mylife #youcan #life

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It is important to have someone to look up to in life, and someone to take inspiration from. This man has put himself on the line time and time again, he won some and he lost some. Which proves nothing comes easy, over the nine months I was in hospital on my bad days I would tell myself this. Meeting this man was one of the best night of my life and had such an impact on my rehab. It's so rare that you meet your idol and they outdo your expectations. And always remember, work until your idol becomes your rival. Can confidently say I was left speechless. Thanks Champ @thenotoriousmma 💚 #champ #proper12 #yuppa #apicturepaintsathousandwords

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An honour to be asked to be a guest speaker at a "spinal injuries Ireland" ball Saturday night. Here are 2 clips from the night. Sorry I'm still more or less the same height as you in the wheelchair Chloe haha🙂 #spinalinjuriesireland #speaker #suitedandbooted #dickiebow

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So this week is "Mental health awareness" week. Mental health is something that I am extremely interested and passionate about, the one thing especially is "suicide" a very dark topic. I hate to think that someone taking their own lives will sort their problems. I can relate after going through such a lifetime event, you either take it on the chin and carry on or you curl up in a ball. Suicide happens every day, and everyday a family’s life is changed. Something needs to be done to raise awareness of that startling fact. Suicide is a much bigger problem than society will admit; the causes, methods, and prevention need to be discussed more openly. People call others dealing with depression "selfish" it is a mental illness . You are never alone even how much of a dark place you are in there is someone to talk to, asking someone how they are takes 2 seconds it could save a life as crazy as it sounds. A person that I look up to is @aaronjgram who was in a very dark place but completely turned his life around, through lyrics and music an absolute gent and such a role model. (His new album dropping soon😉) I want to be a suicide ambassador and spread the word, many people have text me with their problems and many people have told me I changed their lives which is amazing to hear. Always think your thaughts through, after committing suicide think of all the good things you leave behind, a family who have to live the rest of their life looking at a picture of you on the wall. A home and friends. A community. The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about. So your having a bad day ? Place your hand over your heart. Feel that ? That's called PURPOSE ,your alive for a reason. Don't give up. I know I would help someone in need. Would you ? Pieta house helpline. 1800 247 247.

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● 401 days post injury it's crazy how fast time goes bye. Just the other day I thinking to myself How much of a good place I am in. How lucky am I not to have got a brain injury, how lucky am I to be able to communicate with people. Everyone makes mistakes in life, but that doesn't mean they have to pay for them for the rest of their life. Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn't mean they are bad people. It means they are human. My life isint perfect, but I still wouldn't change it. So the moral of the story is, in life there is always going to be a person in a worse off position than you. Be grateful for what you have.🙌 Looking forward to seeing you at Christmas😘 @leanne_mc_d #onwards #keepgoing

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Once again I was absolutely overwhelmed by the support I have been shown since my injury, here is an example the GAA are rivals on the pitch but when you are off the pitch and something bad happens the GAA comes together as a family and helps out. So what message I want to get across to people is always show respect you will never know when something will happen and you want to be known as a respectful kind person. Last night I got presented a cheque for the Ian O'Connell Trust for everybody who cycled for me thanks to everyone for your respect, loyalty is everything so look out for those who look out for you, you never know when you need someone by Your Side never underestimate the power of kindness just a single smile could brighten up somebody's day. Everybody is fighting there own War that we don't know about, we don't know what other people are going through. At the end of the day we are all going to be buried with the same soil. Judging a person is not who they are it's who you are. So instead of judging other people by their past stand beside them and help them repair their future. What I always say to people is "don't judge my story by the chapter you walked in on". I couldn't be so positive about life without all of you guys I received numerous messages every day all positive messages sometimes I would get the odd negative message but what I always say to myself is why should I text back the negative message why would I waste time doing that, spend that time thanking the people who send nice messages. So stop watching for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you ,for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.❤ #rokc #support #propertwelve #smile

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What do you want to do after school Ian ? "A stand up Comedian" 😂 #pardenthepun #happybirthdayaisling #yuppa

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Your future isint written yet, you have the power to make it whatever you want it to be, you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.🙌❤ #goforward #onedayordayone

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Thanks for a great night and Congratulations❤💍 @conorognimh @shonascannell #family

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Collected my new wheelchair accessible car during the weekend at the GAA golf challenge in Monaghan. Just want to say a huge thank you to absolutely everyone involved, to Sean Kelly for putting my name forward for this year's beneficiary Thank you, to Liam Daniels and Nicky Murphy an absolute gentleman. Michael lyng Motors in Kilkenny for the car and of course it wouldn't have been possible without KN Group and Vanessa Cunningham for sponsoring the car Thank you. Everyone who sponcerd spotprizes etc. All the GAA stars Derek McGrath and all the County Players we had a great laugh and lastly everyone who travelled to Monighan Golfers and the support. Thank you. @instatubridy I told you I would be coming back in Style hahaha. #newwheels #goodlife #forward

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What a day, what an experience. As been chosen as one of the beneficiary charities for the ring of Kerry this year it was overwhelming. Thanks everybody who cycled for me, once again it is much appreciated. Thanks as well too all my friends who cycled for me. It was great to meet everyone after, it was worth getting up at 5:45 in the morning to drop the flag to start the race. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but what can I say, seeing my dad cross the finish line after cycling the ring of Kerry was a special feeling and one I won't forget. After taking on the challenge to try the cycle I told my dad every day he will compete it because it is all in the head. After sticking by me through thick and thin after my accident I can proudly say my dad is a warrior and I love him. After I getting the surprise that my first cousin's boyfriend Conor had getting a tattoo of the saying "if you can't stand up stand out" really touched my heart it was a huge shock what can I say man only thank you so much and like you know you are like a brother to me and you are a legend thank you❤ #ifyoucantstandupstandout #daytoremember #thankyoueveryone

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Just came across these pictures from my time in the Mater Hospital. Although I was facing adversity I still tell myself that my accident done a lot of good things for me besides how bad the whole situation was I learned so much from it and it made me a better person. I learned so much about myself one thing that really stood out was I didn't know I had such determined and how much I was willing to fight for something. When I had my tracheostomy tube breathing for me all I wanted to do was come off of it and be able to breath myself I was being fed Through a Tube in my nose and couldn't eat myself imagine that. I also learnt that the one who Falls and gets back up is stronger than the one who never Fell. Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up with goals so strong that obsticals, failure and loss only act as motivation. So every day in hospital I would wake up with determination and go to bed with satisfaction knowing I was a bit better than I was yesterday. So never let a stumble in the road be the end of your journey, because I promise you my journey is only starting. #throwback #friendsforever #onlystarting

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An honour to attend the "limitless possibilities" garden party in the home of the president today. It was a great day well done to everyone involved... limitations live only in our minds, but if we use our imaginations, our possibilitys become limitless🇮🇪❤ #summer #limitlesspossibilites

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Just want to say a massive thank you to everybody involved in making this possible, I have been chosen as the beneficiary for this years GAA golf Challenge where I will be receiving a brand new wheelchair accessible van a massive thank you to everybody in Michael Ling Motors in Kilkenny also a huge thank you to KN group for sponsoring the van, thanks to all the Kilkenny hurlers and Derek McGrath for coming, i am so grateful for this and this will have a huge impact on my day-to-day basis, once again the support I am receiving is phenomenal❤ #kngroup #support #Michaellingmotors

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Never get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life. And one of the hardest decisions you will have to make in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.❤🔝 #keepgoing #oneday #ifyoucantstandupstandout

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The best version of yourself comes after the worst journey you could take yourself on. Sometimes it takes something life changing to see who you really are and what you're capabilities are. I have made opportunitys for myself and conquerd them. The key to happiness is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be. Never underestimate the importance of having a person in your life who can make you smile. So keep working hard and dreaming big. And if your ship doesn't come to you, swim out to it.🙂💙 #summer #ifyoucantstandupstandout

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Were not here for a long time, were here for a good time. Do not chase people be you and do your own thing and work hard the right people who belong in your life will come and stay. You don't get another chance life is no PlayStation game. Life isint about having things to enjoy life , it's about enjoying life with the things you have. So don't be afraid of being different, be afraid of being the same as everybody else.🙂❤ #summer #ifyoucantstandupstandout

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Something that really has hit me since my accident is I know I'm in a wheelchair and I can't walk around I can't jump but why does that matter I have come to terms with it I know I might not be on the same road as other people but that doesn't mean I'm lost I hate to think that other people might feel insecure or care what other people think of them whatever situation they might be in and of course I have made mistakes, life didn't come with instructions ,you can't live life caring about what other people think of you because if you did then minutes turn into hours ,hours turn into days and before you know it you will have something else that you are not happy with you don't ever know what someone is going through you might know their name but not their story so next time you go to judge or criticize someone just remember everybody is fighting their own little war. I don't want to know what other people think of me that is only being nosey.Remember if someone is trying to drag you down they're already lower than you. Life is too short to waste time waiting for other people's approval on how you live it. So no matter how well you are behaved or how nice you are there will still be people criticizing you. So be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy.🙂❤

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There are things in life we want to try but are afraid to, some big and some small lots of things can hold us back fear, anxiety, and a big one can be spur of the moment!! If you kill the butterflies in your stomach, you’ll kill the dream. Most people back away when they get that nervous, uncomfortable feeling. But that feeling signals you’re doing something that matters to you. Don’t wait until you’re not afraid anymore or you’ve eliminated all risk. It will be way too late by then. Be brave, start small, just do something. Do things you want to do don't hold back live every day like it is your last because you don't know how fast life can change. Of course there are things I regret not doing before my accident but that's the past I am now looking at all the things I can do. I'm not afraid to give up the good to go for the great because who knows how perfect things might end up. So just remember if you want it go for it. You can't go through life protecting yourself from everything you have to take chances because if you don't you might aswell not be living. So just remember if you want it go for it. Take a risk. Don't always play it safe or you will die wondering. Keep Smiling ❤ #ifyoucantstandupstandout

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What a night.. Meeting the man that I have looked up to for so long. @thenotoriousmma was a dream come true. Thanks so much to @coach_kavanagh for sorting me out❤ #bamma #don #dreamcometrue