Left-handers celebrate their
NIALL Horan is in the
club as is Barack Obama and Angelina Jolie.
Today is International Left-Handers Day which
celebrates all things 'southpaw'.
Its mission is for people to rejoice in their
left-handedness and to "raise awareness of the
frustrations of living in a right-handed world".
Left-handed people only
make up about 13 per cent of the population yet a
disproportionately large number of global superstars
and world leaders are left-handed.
These include US President Barack Obama and
President Bill Clinton. British Prime Minister David
Cameron is also left-handed.
Back home in Ireland, we had two successive
left-handed Taoisigh in Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen
– though 'cack-handed', some would say, is a better
description of how they handled our economic
A-List celebrity left-handers include Sarah Jessica
Parker, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson
and Nicole Kidman.
Music stars Eminem, Annie Lennox and Noel Gallagher
are also in the club as is billionaire tech guru
Matt Groening famously made his beloved character
Bart Simpson left-handed.
Left-handers in sport include snooker player Jimmy
White, American golfer Phil Mickelson and tennis
star Rafael Nadal.
Among Ireland's famous left-handers are Bob Geldof
and Liam Brady.
One Direction star Niall Horan's hometown of
Mullingar famously hosted a Gathering festival for
left-handers on August 13 last year - the Irish
translation of Mullingar being "left-handed mill".
Left-handed people often complain they have to fit
into a right-handed world as most work tools,
kitchen utensils, office and home layouts are
designed for right-handers.
They often have to contort their arm to avoid
smudging as they write.
International Left-Handers Day organisers are today
urging all members to "celebrate your right to be
"This is your chance to get your own back on your
right-handed friends, colleagues and family by
designating your personal space as a lefty zone
where everything must be done left-handed," they
told Facebook followers.