Cycling against suicide in Killarney

Students and staff members from Killarney Community College who participated in the Cycle Against Suicide last Thursday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin
Students and staff members from Killarney Community College who participated in the Cycle Against Suicide last Thursday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Fergus Dennehy

Whether it's a visit from Michael Fassbender last week or the arrival of scores of 'Cycle Against Suicide' cyclists, it's safe to say that Killarney schools have has their fair share of excitement these past few days.

A bright orange sea washed over the grounds of Killarney Community College last Thursday as weary cyclists from all over the country arrived in with a simple, yet very important message: "It's okay not to feel okay and it's absolutely ok to ask for help."

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There was no skimping on the arrival that the school gave to cyclists with cheers, balloons and even a talk  to students and staff from local inspirational teenager, Ian O'Connell Formed in 2013, 'Cycle Against Suicide' is a national awareness charity that strives to break down the barriers around mental health illness and works to increase awareness of the supports and treatments that are available to empower those affected.

Since its inception, over 15,000 cyclists have taken to the road to help continue to spread this important message.

The cycle continued onto into Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Kildare before it finished back where it started in Westmanstown in Dublin on the Bank Holiday Monday.

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