Candlelit Vigil On New Year's Eve In Roscrea

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Candlelit Vigil On New Year's Eve In Roscrea thumbnailA group who attended the candlelit vigil held in Roscrea on New Year's Eve for all those lost to suicide. MT01269PJW

ON New Years Eve at 7p.m. a candlelit vigil was held in Roscrea for all those lost to suicide.
Organised by Mike Edwards and open to all, it was a chance for those affected to remember their family and friends in a quiet and thoughtful setting.
Local musicians Jack Keeshan and Lauren Murphy performed for the gathered crowd with Lauren singing her own composition.
Tanya Devitto McMahon and Mary McLoughlin of the Semi Colon project in Nenagh, along other members of the Barbers Edge in Nenagh, joined with locals in lighting candles in memory of those lost in 2016.
Mike Edwards then addressed those present. He spoke about suicide and how it affected those left behind to mourn the loss of a family member or friend. Mike spoke about the supports available in Roscrea, mentioning the Roscrea Men's Shed, Women's Shed, The Kick Back Café and Pieta House, saying that they all provide a place to go and talk and or just enjoy the company of others and not feel alone. Mike went an to explain the idea that 'it's ok to not feel ok', saying that the Men's Shed was open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays to all.
Mike then invited those present to support the Semi Colon's fundraiser at the Barbers Edge in Nenagh on 15th of January, were a local tattooist would tattoo the Semi Colon for a donation of €20 giving people a visible sign that their 'story is not finished', with proceeds shared between the Semi Colon Projects and Nenagh Ormond Search Unit and Pieta House. In closing Mike thanked those gathered for attending saying 'it's ok to not feel ok' and 'it's ok to talk'.


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