Wednesday 23 April 2014

Donal "skipping in Heaven" as inspiring story lights up Twitter

Kerry teenager trended worldwide following documentary

Donal Walsh death...Undated handout photo courtesy of Kerry's Eye Newspaper of 16-year-old anti-suicide campaigner Donal Walsh who died after a long battle with cancer.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 13, 2013. Donal, from Tralee, Co Kerry was diagnosed with a tumour in his leg when he was 12. He underwent numerous treatments to fight the disease, which eventually moved to his lung. But he lost his battle over the weekend when he died at home in Blennerville surrounded by his family. See PA story DEATH Walsh Ireland. Photo credit should read: Kerry's Eye Newspaper/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder....a
Donal Walsh

#DonalWalsh is still trending in Ireland this morning following the airing of an RTE documentary about the inspirational teenager.

Donal, from Blennerville, Co Kerry, had been battling cancer since he was first diagnosed four years previously and last March wrote an impassioned letter to young people urging them to think twice about suicide and ask for help.

The documentary 'Donal Walsh -- My Story' was broadcast on RTE Two last night to such Twitter reaction that #DonalWalsh is still trending across Ireland this morning as more and more people log on to pay tribute.

The programme saw contributions from Munster and Ireland rugby player Paul O'Connell, Kerry GAA star Paul Galvin and singer Niall Breslin, better known as Bressie.


O'Connell spoke of how he had become "firm friends" with Donal and said he had been inspired by him, while Paul Galvin said he thought Donal would have "made a great sportsman".

Bressie tweeted during the show that he was "honoured" to contribute to the programme and echoed Donal's message saying: "Remember, it's ok not to feel ok and it is absolutely ok to ask for help."

Donal's mother Elma succeeded in her efforts to get his name trending on Twitter, saying: "Come on we need to get this trending and known all over Ireland". She added: "He'll want to see this from Heaven".


Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan also took to Twitter to congratulate the programme makers on the "superb" documentary and described Donal as "truly inspirational".

Sile Seoige said: "What an amazing young man he was," adding that he had "a brilliant message".

The documentary is now available on the RTE Player.


See below for a gallery of some of the tweets about Donal following the programme.

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