Anguish at suicides of two young people this weekend
Published 05/05/2015 | 13:55
A distraught relative of a teenage suicide victim has made an emotional appeal for young people to speak out if they have problems.
Kevin Curley (31), an uncle of Declan Curley (17), made his plea as hundreds of young people, some in tears, gathered in a Belfast park for a candlelit vigil in memory of the teenager.
He died on Friday. Declan's father was at the vigil, but too overcome with grief to speak.
Anti-suicide campaigners have revealed a 21-year-old student, Cara Maguire from the New Lodge area, had also taken her own life. She died on Saturday.
She was studying Liberal Arts at St Mary's University College in Belfast.
Mr Curley said he was "totally overwhelmed" at the show of sympathy and support from the community for his nephew.
He said: "There was nothing to say (that he was contemplating suicide), he was such a good lad. It is so difficult to realise that he is not here any more."
Mr Curley's message to anybody contemplating suicide was: "Speak to someone, think of the families, speak to their friends, their parents, their brothers, their sisters, and just realise that they are not on their own and the devastation that they leave behind."
He said Declan was well-liked and was training to be an electrician.
Mr Curley said: "He was an excellent kid, he was an inspiration, he had just started serving his time as an electrician with Ben Madigan Electrical.
"I'm an electrician as well and he was so happy-go-lucky, he was the loveliest kid ever, such a well-mannered, polite, loveable child. He loved all his gear, his clothes, and it is just so difficult to believe that he is not here. He had just bought his wee car, a Peugeot 206."
If you are affected by any of the issues in this article, contact the Samaritans on 116 123.