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Friday 28 October 2016

Hero Donal remembered on second anniversary

Published 13/05/2015 | 02:30

Donal Walsh
Donal Walsh
Fionnbar and Elma Walsh outside the memorial mass for their son Donal in Tralee yesterday

Yesterday was all about remembering her son Donal, but today Elma Walsh is back on the road to give another talk inspired by the inspirational teenager.

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Derry is today's destination where she will address a parish mission, part of a gruelling schedule she and her husband Fionnbar have been keeping, ensuring their son's life-affirming message is kept alive. Elma, who works from Monday to Wednesday, keeps Thursdays and Fridays free for travelling.

Monday is hotel manager Fionnbar's day on the road when he can usually be found addressing teenagers at schools the length and breadth of the country.

In one three-day period alone, Elma clocked up 1,800 miles, but she says the long hours and the travel are worth it.

"If it keeps Donal's message out there, I don't mind," she told the Irish Independent.

It's been two years since Donal Walsh passed away but he's still remembered fondly in his hometown where people packed into the Dominican Church in Tralee to remember a homegrown hero on his second anniversary, including his parents and sister Jema.

Irish Independent

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