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Joe Duffy to open Ferns vintage event

Published 01/10/2013 | 05:42

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JOE DUFFY will open a vintage and classic car spectacular in Ferns on Sunday, October 6, to highlight the work of the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console.

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JOE Duffy will open a vintage and classic car spectacular in Ferns on Sunday, October 6, to highlight the work of the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console.

Up to 500 vehicles from all parts of County Wexford and further afield are expected in the village before taking to the open road for the Gerard Murphy Memorial Vintage and Classic Car Run.

The event, organised by Bríd and Pat Murphy, from Ferns, will involve one of the largest gatherings of vintage and classic cars in the country.

The couple have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the problems of suicide and the services provided by Console since the death of their son Gerard at the age of 23 in 2011.

'Last year we raised over €15,000 for Console but this is not about money. Our aim is to get a message out there to people who may be in crisis that there is help available,' said Bríd.

'Console provides a fantastic service with offices around the country where people can get counselling and support. It is so important that people in difficulty know about those services.'

Drivers from every county in Ireland north and south are taking part in the run and some are even travelling from the UK to get involved.

'We will have cars from the 1900s to the 1980s with one of the oldest vehicles being a 1910 Model T Ford,' said Pat.

On the day the Murphy's also plan to organise the largest display of Ford Capri cars in Ireland.

'The Ford Capri is very close to our heart as Gerard was working on restoring one when he died,' said Pat.

A full day of activities is planned with the vintage run setting off from the village at 1.30pm.

The 96 km route will take the classic vehicles through Enniscorthy, Graignamanagh, Borris, Bunclody and back to Ferns.

'In our time of need Console were there to help and Gerard's memorial run is our way of spreading Console's message,' said Bríd.

Nationwide professional suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide (Freephone 1800 201 890).

The charity has full-time counselling centres in Wexford, Limerick Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry and Mayo.

Counselling, advice and general support is available for any individual, couples, groups, families or children who have been affected by suicide.

Console can be reached at any time on freephone 1800 201 890 and many resources and useful information can be found at www.console.ie

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