Minnie Melange visits Limerick schools – Sinéad Burke (creator of the blog Minnie Melange) pictured above with 160 transition year students from Castletroy College. Picture: Sinéad Burke.
Fashion blogger, primary school teacher, PHD student and little person, Sinead Burke visited multiple schools across Limerick last Friday to talk the students about being comfortable in their own skin. I was fortunate enough to attend her talk at Castletroy College and I was absolutely blown away at Sinead’s confidence and love for living life.
Sinead was so open with the audience as she really wanted to hear “the thoughts of the students” throughout her whole talk! Her witty sense of humor captured 160 student’s attention from the get-go as she really had the students in the palm of her hand.
Sinead discussed with the students the challenges of being a little person in a way that I’d never seen before. She showed the students different little people that have played huge roles in Hollywood productions and how her community and the little people culture are truly one of a kind.
Sinead Burke has a condition known as achondroplasia, which is one of the most common forms of dwarfism. Sinead is 3 foot 5 inches in height but her personality shines through and from listening to her talk to the students you’d forget her differences and begin to accept Sinead for the amazing human being that she is.
Sinead is the proud owner and creator of the blog Minnie Melange. The name Minnie derived from the obvious reason of her being a little person and Melange came from the French language as it means mix. It’s so simple but it stands out in the big world of social media.
Sinead’s difference is on the outside however having listened to her for an hour I forgot that her difference was a difference as she’s just like everyone else. She’s a full time student, a teacher, a fashion lover and above all else, an inspirational human being. I would like to wish Sinead the very best in all her future endeavors as this woman really is one to watch for the future!
By I Love Limerick correspondent, Sarah Hayes.