A SUICIDE prevention centre in Limerick is ensuring the legacy of teenager Donal Walsh will live on by dedicating two rooms in his name.
Console suicide prevention and bereavement centre in Raheen has opened two special rooms in honour of the Kerry teenager, who passed away from cancer just over a year ago.
Donal had strong links to Limerick as his father Fionnbar is a native of Knocklong so the dedication is an appropriate one and Console are aiming to further enshrine the inspirational teen’s message to young people not to take their own lives.
“We have created two rooms specially designed so that children and teenagers in distress can feel safe and where they can get immediate professional help, counselling and support,” said Console CEO Paul Kelly of the rooms, which were funded by the Donal Walsh LiveLife fund.
Donal’s mother Elma thanked the community in Limerick for their fundraising efforts to the fund, which has created a room for both teens and children in Console’s Raheen facility.
“The money to refurbish these rooms was raised in Limerick and it’s great to be able to use it for such a worthwhile facility,” she said.
“We raise funds specifically for facilities for teenagers, and we hope to open more Donal’s Rooms in Console’s Galway centre soon.
“We’ve got fantastic support from the local community and I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the great Limerick run, Olive Foley who sold Munster rugby jerseys and all the schools who helped raise funds,” added Elma.
The Console centre at 114 The Grange, Raheen, provides a broad range of community-based supports, services and resources for those affected by, or at risk of suicide.
Centre manager Emer O’Neill said the rooms, which have only just opened, are already “proving a great success in helping troubled teenagers and children to open up to counsellors”.
Console can be reached at any time on freephone 1800 247 247 or www.console.ie.