Ian's legacy helping those in need

The memory of a Gneeveguilla teenager who died tragically young lives on strong in a legacy of care for others.

Ian O'Riordan was just 16 years of age when he died through suicide in January 2013, leaving a massive void in the life of his family and community.

But now thanks to his family, friends and neighbours others in crisis in the future might get the vital help they need at the critical time as a walk in Ian's memory raised no less than €6,265 for Southwest Counselling. Ian's mother Eileen and younger siblings Melissa and Liam presented the money in something they are marking their beloved's 22nd birthday with this week.

"On February 9 of last year Ian would have been due to turn 21 and to mark this very special day we decided to organise a 5km walk in Gneeveguilla in his memory," Eileen said.

"We had a great turnout and we raised a massive €6,265 for Southwest Counselling, a fantastic charity which we availed of after our awful loss of Ian. We were delighted and overwhelmed with the support. Our hearts will forever be broken but to mark Ian's special day and to aid south west counselling was very important to us."