Monday 20 November 2017

'Joseph was full of life, he loved being outdoors with his friends'

A heartbroken mother speaks to Maeve Sheehan about the day her teenage son took his own life

FAITH Morris opens the door of her home in Celbridge, Co Kildare, and sets about making tea in the kitchen. She is warm and eager to share as calmly as possible her struggle to cope with her child's suicide. She sits in the kitchen and behind her in the hallway is the door to Joseph's bedroom. He died there in February last year, aged 13, while his mother was upstairs and his siblings played in the living room.

She tells the story of his short life with candour. He was into skateboarding and his computer. He followed grafitti artists like Banksy and hung Beatles posters on his wall. Joseph was small and got picked on but he gave it back verbally, which got him into fights. He was mischievous.

"He was full of life," she said. "He was the kind of person that if his friends weren't around, he'd be bored. All he wanted to do was be out, outdoors."

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