Limerick concert for families touched by suicide

Shane O’Riordan

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Shane O’Riordan

Families and friends of people lost through suicide in Limerick have the chance to come together to remember their loved ones at an evening being hosted by a national charity.

Families and friends of people lost through suicide in Limerick have the chance to come together to remember their loved ones at an evening being hosted by a national charity.

Console, an organisation dedicated to suicide prevention and intervention is hosting a Christmas Celebration of Light for people affected by suicide.

The evening of song, music, poetry and reflection will take place in St Augustine’s Church, O’Connell Street on Sunday November 25 at 4pm.

The Celebration of Light also includes the lighting of candles and “a minute’s silence in the presence of others to remember those who are no longer with us on life’s journey” according to Paul Kelly, Console founder and CEO.

Over 500 people lost their lives to suicide in Ireland last year, according to the organisation.

The event is one of six celebrations of light being held by the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console, with over 5,000 people expected to attend nationwide.

Mr Kelly said: “The Christmas Celebration of Light provides a gentle and understanding environment for families and friends to remember their loved ones and celebrate their lives”.

“The loss of a loved one is always devastating, but when that loss is through suicide it can be so much harder for the families and friends left behind.

“This special service is one of the most important events in the Console calendar as it gives families and friends the opportunity to come together in solidarity to honour the lives of their loved ones,” said Paul, who founded Console after his sister Sharon took her own life at the age of 21.