Donal's legacy lives on in new healing space at Palliative unit at UHK

Parentso f the late Donal Walsh, Elma and Fionnbar, seated front at the opening of Donal’s Den in the Palliative Care unit at University Hospital Kerry last week. Elma and Fionnbar are pictured with Ann McAtamney, Dr Patricia Sheehan, John Sheehan, Eimear Hauissey, Maura Sullivan, Dr Des McMahon, Joan Carmody, Andrea O’Donoghue, Mai O’Connell, Aine Moriarty and Kerry Hospice Foundation Chairperson Joe Hennebery
Parentso f the late Donal Walsh, Elma and Fionnbar, seated front at the opening of Donal’s Den in the Palliative Care unit at University Hospital Kerry last week. Elma and Fionnbar are pictured with Ann McAtamney, Dr Patricia Sheehan, John Sheehan, Eimear Hauissey, Maura Sullivan, Dr Des McMahon, Joan Carmody, Andrea O’Donoghue, Mai O’Connell, Aine Moriarty and Kerry Hospice Foundation Chairperson Joe Hennebery

Fergus Dennehy

Teenagers in Kerry who may be suffering from cancer or who have family members who are suffering, now have a place where they can go to relax, unwind and get away from their day-to-day stresses after a new room - named in honour of inspirational Kerry teenager Donal Walsh - was opened at the Palliative Care Unit in UHK last week.

Donal passed away in May of 2013, aged just 16 years old, but through the work of his parents Elma and Fionbar along with countless others from charities around the county, his memory and message has lived on.

Donal's Den comes complete with a state of the art television and games consoles, as well as painting bearing just one of Donal's inspirational quotes which have become a huge part of the legacy he has left behind.

The painting hangs in the room for all to see and bears the words: "I've climbed God's mountains, face many struggles. The only difference is that I'm looking from the mountain."

Staff in the In-Patient Unit in the centre say that the room has already seen great use by families and has been a great comfort to those in need.

Kerryman

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