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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Niamh Greene: Donal left a lasting legacy with anti-suicide message, it's up to us to keep it alive

The inspirational Donal Walsh
The inspirational Donal Walsh
Fionnbarr and Elma Walsh with Donal's award

Niamh Greene

DONAL Walsh has been posthumously named Rehab Young Person of the Year, a fitting and poignant tribute to a young man whose anti-suicide message touched the hearts and minds of the nation.

Donal battled cancer from the age of twelve and was only sixteen when he passed away. Facing death, he called on his peers to live life to the fullest and reject suicide.

"I feel angry that these people choose to take their life, to ruin their family and to leave behind a mess that no one can clean up, while here I am with no choice in my sentence, trying as best I can to prepare my family and friends for what's about to come and to leave as little mess as possible," he said.

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