Monday 24 July 2017

The courage and wisdom of a young man who refused to give up on life

Donal Walsh, who has died at 16, gave a lot back in his brief life
Donal Walsh, who has died at 16, gave a lot back in his brief life

LIFE is short. Tragically for some, life is far too short. Donal Walsh only got 16 years on this earth, but the impact he made in this short space of time was phenomenal.

The inspirational teenager passed away peacefully at his home in Blennerville, Co Kerry, on Sunday surrounded by his parents and sister after putting up a mighty battle against cancer, and after starting a nationwide campaign against youth suicide. He won the hearts of the nation for his courage in the process.

Donal was a brave teen warrior, a truly remarkable young man mature beyond his years. He wanted to live. He wanted to play rugby for Munster. He wanted to travel the world and see places like New Zealand, Asia and America. He wanted to see his sister walk up the aisle. He wanted to see his four best friends do good in life.

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