Video: Cyclists Celebrate Donal Walsh At CBS

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By Dermot Crean

OVER 300 cyclists rolled into CBS The Green on Friday afternoon for the Donal Walsh Memorial leg of the nationwide Cycle Against Suicide.

The students and staff of CBS were joined by Labour Deputy AJ Spring, local councillors, well-wishers, and students representing other schools from the town, who gave them a rousing guard of honour as they arrived after making the journey from Killarney that morning.

The cyclists were treated to refreshments before they all congregated in the school gym with the students where there was a great atmosphere (see video).

 

The main organiser of the cycle, Jim Breen of Pulselearning at the Kerry Technology Park, was MC in the gym and gave a talk on how students should always seek help from family, friends and youth groups if they are feeling suicidal or depressed.

He also paid tribute to Donal Walsh and the immense impact he made on people in his short life.

“One young man has done more to prevent suicide on the island of Ireland than anybody else in Irish history. Today is a celebration of Donal’s zest for life and I am so proud that we’re doing this today,” said Mr Breen.

He interviewed students and teachers from the school and also spoke to local taxi driver, Kevin Finn, who has been taking part in the cycle around the country. Kevin informed the audience that he was 18 stone this time last year, but since he has been cycling in the past year he is down to just under 15 stone.

Fionnbar Walsh then spoke to the crowd, beginning by reading Donal’s now famous letter which brought him to national attention. He went on to recall visiting the school soon after his son’s passing and also reiterated Donal’s anti-suicide message and asked those who are feeling depressed to seek help from family and friends. (see excerpt from Fionnbar’s talk in this video)

The cyclists then got back on the road for the next leg which finished in Newcastlewest on Friday evening. The cycle finishes in Dublin next Sunday.

Scroll down for photos of the CBS visit…

The huge crowd gathered in the CBS gym on Friday.

The huge crowd gathered in the CBS gym on Friday. Photo by Dermot Crean

From left: Eoghan O'Brien, Oisin Fitzgerald, Seun Duyine. Photo Dermot Crean

From left: Eoghan O’Brien, Oisin Fitzgerald, Seun Duyine at the CBS on Friday. Photo Dermot Crean

Left to right: Damian Morrisson Jackie Ruttledge Lian McCarthy Lorraine O'Halloran. Photo Gavin O'Connor

Participants in the Cycle Against Suicide, Damian Morrisson Jackie Ruttledge, Leanne McCarthy and Lorraine O’Halloran at the CBS on Friiday. Photo Gavin O’Connor

From Left: Liam Cahill Robert Flaherty Cian Kennedy Jack O'Shea. Photo Gavin O'Connor.

Local cyclists Liam Cahill Robert Flaherty Cian Kennedy Jack O’Shea at the CBS on Friday. Photo Gavin O’Connor

From Left: Cormac Coffey, Hugh Stewart, John Kelly, Des O'Connor, Jesse O'Sullivan, Ger O'Connor, James O'Callaghan. Photo Gavin O'Connor

Taking part in the Cycle Against Suicide were locals Cormac Coffey, Hugh Stewart, John Kelly, Des O’Connor, Jesse O’Sullivan, Ger O’Connor, James O’Callaghan. Photo Gavin O’Connor

From Left: Alice Jaeger Anna Farrell Saoirse Ferris Rose Linney

Presentation students Alice Jaeger, Anna Farrell, Saoirse Ferris and Rose Linney at the Tralee CBS on Friday.

From Left: Andrew Mcellistrim, Jack Murry, Marcus Prendeville, Mitchell Holland, Padraig O'Connor

Tralee cyclists Andrew McEllistrim, Jack Murray, Marcus Prendeville, Mitchell Holland and Padraig O’Connor at Tralee CBS on Friday.

Jim Breen (right) interviewing local taxi driver, Kevin Finn at the Tralee CBS gym on Friday.

Jim Breen (right) interviewing local taxi driver, Kevin Finn at the Tralee CBS gym on Friday. Photo by Dermot Crean

 

 

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