Donal Walsh’s memory lives on to inspire Limerick students


Castletroy College Staff in fancy dressby Síona Carroll

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FIFTH year students of Castletroy College have raised more than €1000 in aid of the Donal Walsh Foundation.

The students were inspired as they watched “My Life”, a documentary about Donal Walsh and how he used his four-year battle with cancer to spread a positive message about life to others. Frustrated by suicide Donal wanted people to understand how precious life is and to realize that help is always available.

A a great sense of camaraderie was portrayed as the students organised a fun-filled charity week to promote Donal’s courageous anti suicide message within their school. A series of events took place at €2 each during Castletroy Colleges, “Donal Walsh #Live Life week”.

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Students organised an information morning about ‘understanding depression, anxiety and stress in young people’ and produced an information leaflet ‘It’s good to talk’. Other events that took place were presentations from guest speakers, a student and staff fancy dress basketball match refereed by former Basketball & Rugby International Joy Neville, The Great Troy Bake off hosted by Richard Lynch from ILOVELIMERICK.COM, a hockey match refereed by Naoimi Carroll, Irish Hockey International and a comedy movie morning.

Mr Padraig Flanagan, principal of Castletroy College told Limerick Post, “It was an excellent week, the entire school population were involved and it really lifted the humor of the students. The guest speakers had such a strong impact on the students, it was beautiful.”

Donal’s father visited the school on May 12, Donal’s first year anniversary and spoke to all Senior students about his son, his message and his legacy.