A COUNTY Limerick family who lost their beloved Gillian through suicide are going to remember her as they always did with a charity dance.
The Richardson family, from Doon, organised the dance next week to raise money for Doolin Rescue, Clare Suicide Bereavement Support Group and Pieta House.
Gillian Richardson will be smiling down on the night as her neighbour and friend, Jimmy Buckley, will be playing. It takes place in The Falls Hotel in Ennistymon on Thursday, July 12 at 9pm.
“Gillian would have loved it,” said her brother, Johnny Richardson.
“The Buckleys live across the fields from us and our families would be best friends.
“Jimmy is only two years older than Gillian so he would know her very well, and like of all of us been friends growing up,” he added.
Friendship and support of relatives and neighbours has been very important since the tragic events of Friday, December 9, 2011, when Gillian’s car was found on the Clare coast.
Doolin Rescue was backed up by over 200 people from Doon and surrounding parishes hoping to locate her body.
The Richardson family wish to extend their “heartfelt thanks to all our neighbours, friends and relations from Doon and surrounding parishes who gave us incredible support and assistance through what was a very difficult period”.
From the following Sunday car loads of people started to arrive at the location.
“Some people came every day and took holidays from work. They kept on arriving well in to the New Year. The second weekend there were easily over 200. There was a huge amount from Doon and surrounding parishes - Cappamore, Oola, Pallasgreen and in to West Tipperary. They were just unbelievable,” said Johnny.
As there were many people that they didn’t meet during the search, they wish to thank each and everyone.
“It was great support, it really kept us going and we were hoping to get some good news for everyone’s sake because everyone put so much in to it but it wasn’t to be.
“The weather was very bad, if there was any break in it we would have very possibly found her but the weather determined we weren’t going to,” said Johnny.
He says a lot of people express their sorrow to the family that the body wasn’t recovered and they didn’t get closure.
“Looking back we got great solace from all the support and we couldn’t have done anymore. There is a certain amount of peace in that.
“We have come to accept that fact now and the main thing is Gillian is at peace,” said Johnny.
Tickets costing €10 for the dance are available in the two shops and pubs in Doon.
All the money will go to the three charities as well as the dance honouring Gillian’s memory.