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Gorey’s Deirdre Redmond remembered by friends and family in special walk

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Back from left: Joe Kenny with Katie Dillon, Anthony Redmond, Jason Redmond, Amy Morris, Pat Redmond. Front: Pauline Stedmond, Colette Dalo, Nicola Doyle, Joan Connors. Photos: Jim Campbell

Back from left: Joe Kenny with Katie Dillon, Anthony Redmond, Jason Redmond, Amy Morris, Pat Redmond. Front: Pauline Stedmond, Colette Dalo, Nicola Doyle, Joan Connors. Photos: Jim Campbell

Start of the 'Remembering Deirdre Walk' in Naomh Eanna GAA Club on Saturday.

Start of the 'Remembering Deirdre Walk' in Naomh Eanna GAA Club on Saturday.

Aoife Sweeney, Ray Forrestal and Marie Sweeney.

Aoife Sweeney, Ray Forrestal and Marie Sweeney.

Eamonn Kinsella and Fiona Lawlor at the ‘Remembering Deirdre Walk’ in Naomh Eanna GAA Club on Saturday.

Eamonn Kinsella and Fiona Lawlor at the ‘Remembering Deirdre Walk’ in Naomh Eanna GAA Club on Saturday.

Back from left: Joe Kenny with Katie Dillon, Anthony Redmond, Jason Redmond, Amy Morris, Pat Redmond. Front: Pauline Stedmond, Colette Dalo, Nicola Doyle, Joan Connors. Photos: Jim Campbell

Back from left: Joe Kenny with Katie Dillon, Anthony Redmond, Jason Redmond, Amy Morris, Pat Redmond. Front: Pauline Stedmond, Colette Dalo, Nicola Doyle, Joan Connors. Photos: Jim Campbell

Aoife Doyle and Lisa Stewart.

Aoife Doyle and Lisa Stewart.

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Back from left: Joe Kenny with Katie Dillon, Anthony Redmond, Jason Redmond, Amy Morris, Pat Redmond. Front: Pauline Stedmond, Colette Dalo, Nicola Doyle, Joan Connors. Photos: Jim Campbell

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Friends and family of popular Gorey women Deirdre Redmond recently marked her second anniversary by taking part in a special walk and keeping her memory alive.

Over 70 people started the walk at the Naomh Eanna GAA Complex, with many more joining in along the way. According to Deirdre’s son Jason, it was a fitting tribute to Deirdre, bringing together those she loved and tying in her love of walking.

"It was lovely to see all the people that turned up. People were there to remember Deirdre, and it was fitting that they completed the route that she regularly completed as an avid walker,” he said. “The support of the community has been brilliant over the last two years. We appreciated the support during the walk, just as we appreciated every ounce of support over the last two years.”

In addition to serving as a tribute to Deirdre, the walk was aimed at offering people an opportunity to open up about how they were feeling, said Jason.

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"The whole walk was nice. Before the walk, I had asked everyone there not only to keep Deirdre in their thoughts during the walk, but also to speak to each other and open up with each other,” he explained. “Although time passes, her loss is still felt every single day and I wanted to get that message across. The walk itself provided an opportunity and a platform to encourage people to open up about their own mental health with their own friends or family who attended alongside them.”

On behalf of the family, Jason said he would like to thank everyone who supported the Remembering Deirdre walk.

“People came from far and near and it was nice to reunite. As a family, we'd also like to thank the local community and Darren Cullen at The Complex Bar for allowing the use of his facilities before and after the walk for people to meet. Thanks also to Mam's closest friends who pulled out all the stops to ensure the walk was another memorable one.”

For more information on Deirdre and the walk, visit the Remembering Deirdre Facebook page.


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