Evanne Ni Chuilinn opens up about the suicide of her brother this year
Published 27/12/2013 | 08:30
RTE Sports presenter issues plea to 'keep loved ones close' as she spent her first Christmas without Cormac.
RTE sports presenter Evanne Ni Chuilinn has urged people to keep loved ones close at Christmas.
Her brother, Cormac (29), died by suicide on October 31.
Speaking on Twitter, the presenter said: "This Christmas, our house is one of too many coping with the recent loss of a loved one by suicide. Mind each other, hug, talk, remember xxx."
Newly married mum-of-one Evanne has one other sibling. It was her first Christmas without Cormac.
Her Christmas plea is the first time she has spoken about her loss.
Friends and colleagues took to Twitter to offer her messages of support.
RTE broadcaster Michael Corcoran posted: "Thinking of you and your family Evanne at this time, be strong for each other x."
Another friend wrote: "My wife knew your brother and was heartbroken at the news, too many kind hearted people lost. Mind each other, hug, talk, remember."
Evanne (31) married her long-term partner Brian Fitzsimons in September. Their one-year-old son Seimi carried the rings to the altar.
The Westmeath wedding was a star-studded sporting affair with Marty Morrissey, Jacqui Hurley and Hugh Cahill in attendance.
Originally from Kilkenny, Evanne took her honeymoon in America before the big day because of the couple's hectic schedules.
She broke her own silence last year when she was suffering from post-natal depression.
She described her "hyper-emotional state" in the days and weeks after bringing home her newborn baby.
Writing in a column at the time, Evanne encouraged people to talk about the 'taboo' subject.
"Post-natal depression or even a brief dose of the baby blues is a fact of life and it's okay. Don't support the taboo, live in the moment, allow yourself some tears. We're all in the same boat," she said.
She also spoke about the conflicting emotions of new motherhood and post-natal depression.
"I was supposed to be happy. I was supposed to be buoyed by this incredible journey I and we, were taking as a family. Sobbing over spilt milk, literally, was not okay. It was not part of the 'happy' bubble we were supposed to be in."
Evanne also admitted she was taken aback by her experience as she had "always been obsessed with babies".