Templemore man Michael Ryan (53) has had a stammer since childhood but has gone on to do things that, at one time, he would not have imagined possible – like being elected a town councillor and mayor of his home town.

Married with two sons, Michael was reared on a farm but his career has been in hardware sales for many years, employed first by O’Doherty’s in Templemore and now Centenary Stores in Thurles.