While Tony, who lives in Youghal, thrived at maths in secondary school, he continued to struggle with language, a problem which eventually hampered his career progression.
Upon leaving secondary school Tony applied for work at Pfizer in Cork but didn’t make it through the second round of interviews due to doing poorly at the company’s exams. He went on to take on an apprenticeship as a painter and decorator.
Later, Tony began to work as a taxi driver, but this job came with challenges as well, and the Cork man developed coping mechanisms in order to combat his inability to read and write.
Working as a driver, Tony was expected to jot down addresses and directions from the radio but as he couldn’t write them down, he would record the messages on a dictaphone and play it back to himself. When it came to customer’s names and addresses, he would memorise them …