A day in the life of a left hander.


Did you know that 1 in 10 people in the world are left handed, that's a whopping 69 million men, women and children across the globe. If you are in this so called minority you know the difficulties you face doing every day jobs and the suffering you may have faced as a child in education, conforming to a right handed world. 


There are many reasons why left handers were viewed with suspicion and sometimes fear in the past, most of these derived from superstition and religion. For example both the Jewish and Christian traditions are strongly right-handed in their nature and practices. For Catholics, Anglicans, Episcopalians, and other denominations, the priest must present the communion wafer with the right hand, and the communicant accepts it with the right hand. All benedictions must be made with the right hand, and a priest symbolises the “strong right hand of God.” Even the word left in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means weak or broken. The Oxford English Dictionary defines left-handed as meaning crippled, defective, awkward, clumsy, inapt, characterised by underhanded dealings, ambiguous, doubtful, questionable, ill-omened, inauspicious, and illegitimate. 


These days being left handed is seen in terms of the advantages it brings to life, like increased creativity and higher intelligence and with these skills many left handers become leaders of tomorrow and captains of industry. 


But being left hand can be trying at times in a world designed for right handers with many left handers forced to try and adjust to equipment and processes that are not designed for them. In young children this can mean that on average left handed children take longer than their right handed school friends to learn how to write and develop fine motor skills. Take a look around you and try to start doing things left handedly, and you will soon see the frustration felt by many left handers.


For some of the reasons above James & Gillian Gogarty started a new Website for Left Handers,  as their son was showing signs that he was left handed, James  and Gillian (a left hander) searched for products that might help him in school. After much searching they found that there was nowhere to get information and buy the products in Ireland so they set up www.ontheotherhand.ie where they now offer a wide range of left handed products for any age and any task. So why not visit them today and start working in comfort not discomfort.


James Gogarty


James Gogarty is currently in his second year at DKIT studying for Honours Degree in Business Studies. He is Vice Chair of the Mature Students Society at DkIT. He received funding from Dundalk Credit Union through the Regional Development Centre as part of their Innovation Fund which is available to any student in DKIT. Prior to starting in DKIT James worked as a Project manager in the construction industry.