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02 Dec 2021

Victims of suicide remembered in Manorhamilton as Tree of Hope unveiled

Victims of suicide remembered in Manorhamilton as Tree of Hope unveiled

A Tree of Hope was planted in Manorhamilton on Sunday last as part of a nationwide movement to provide a place of comfort for those effected by depression & where survivors can memorialise loved ones.

Following a moving ecumenical religious service Manorhamilton’s Tree of Hope was unveiled on Sunday afternoon at the edge of the St. Clare’s Church car park, beside the green area at the Star Fort.

Very Reverend Oliver Kelly PP Cloonclare-Killasnett and Reverend Richard Beadle, Rector Manorhamilton Group of Parishes compassionately presided over Sunday’s joint religious service for Tree of Hope’s blessing and unveiling.

The planting of the Tree of Hope and building of its ornate surrounds with seating has been arranged by the Manorhamilton Tidy Towns Committee, who has been assisted in the project by many organisations and other volunteers.

The Tree of Hope is a memorial to the many victims of suicide of the area as well as a beacon of trust for all people in the future. A plaque on the Tree of Hope’s small surrounding wall acknowledges the roles of STOP Suicide and the Samaritans in their noble efforts to help victims of suicide and to prevent it occurring.

On Sunday, STOP Counsellor Dermot Lahiff spoke about his organisation’s work in combating suicide. Kieran Ryan also addressed all assembled on behalf of the local St. Vincent de Paul branch and how in its work it is available to help out people, who may find themselves suicidal.

Manorhamilton Tidy Towns Committee’s Margaret Connolly spoke on its role in the provision of the Tree of Hope and thanked all who assisted the Committee with the many aspects of the project entailed.

Tidy Towns Committee member, Karen Lonican also spoke during the Tree of Hope’s unveiling service and ceremony.

Have you been impacted by issues raised in this story?

Free Northwest STOP Suicide counselling is available to all who wish to avail of by phoning 086-7772009 or 1850-211-877 or contact The Samaritans on Freephone: 116 123; Text: 087 2 60 90 90.

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