ultimately final, time with tumours in five places and a further number of lesions. This was to be his biggest battle and to see a teenager grow into a man who a nation came to respect.
‘No matter how bad life gets, help is always there’
DONAL Walsh came to national prominence recently when a letter he wrote made a plea for an end to the suicide epidemic among young people. This is his letter:
A few months left, he said. There it was; I was given a timeline on the rest of my life. No choice, no say, no matter. It was given to me as easy as dinner.
I couldn’t believe it, that all I had was 16 years here, and soon I began to pay attention to every detail that was going on in this town.
I realised that I was fighting for my life for the third time in four years and this time I have no hope. Yet still I hear of young people committing suicide and I’m sorry but it makes me feel nothing but anger.
I feel angry that these people choose to take their lives, to ruin their families and to leave behind a mess that no one can clean up.
Yet I am here with no choice, trying as best I can to prepare my family and friends for what’s about to come and leave as little a mess as possible.
I know that most of these people could be going through financial despair and have other problems in life, but I am at the depths of despair and, believe me, there is a long way to go before you get to where I am.
For these people, no matter how bad life gets, there are no reasons bad enough to make them do this; if they slept on it or looked for help they could find a solution, and they need to think of the consequences of what they are about to do.
So please, as a 16-year-old who has no say in his death sentence, who has no choice in the pain he is about to cause and who would take any chance at even a few more months on this planet, appreciate what you have, know that there are always other options and help is always there.
- Kerry star Paul Galvin said Donal would have made a great captain in rugby with his leadership skills, illustrated when at just the age of 14 he took up coaching with Tralee Rugby Club because he couldn’t play himself any more.
- Munster and Ireland rugby international Paul O’Connell reveals how he built up a firm friendship with the teenager and had huge respect for him
- Ronan O’Gara has dedicated his life to the game of rugby to be the best he can be, but says Donal Walsh helped give perspective.
O’Gara helped carry the young Kerry man’s coffin at the funeral in Tralee last May and says he learned about life from the heroic young man who was with us all too briefly.
“I think he transformed the mindset of this country with one speech,” Ronan says.
Perhaps more than anyone in recent times in this country, Donal taught us to live in the present.
“Absolutely. And I have done that. I was doing that before anything happened,” he says. “He just sent my mind into overtime. His funeral was exceptionally sad but it was beautiful in another way,” Ronan says.
You have to be astounded by the level of intellect and capabilities of Donal Walsh. You think a lot about him … “
- Fr Francis Nolan, St John’s Parish, Tralee, said Donal was inspirational in the way he embraced his illness. ‘”He was no way bitter about it and could even be humorous in some ways about it,’’ Fr Nolan said.
- Ruairí O’Rahilly, the teacher at Tralee CBS (The Green) who nominated him for a local hero award in Kerry, said he was humbled to have known an amazing person who was admired by the entire school. ‘’He was my hero,’’ Mr O’Rahilly said.
- Jay Galvin, Tralee Rugby Club’s director of rugby, said members were “heart-broken and stunned’’, even though they knew Donal’s life was coming to an end. Donal had hoped to play for Tralee and for Munster but his cancer diagnoses meant he lost a knee. However that did not stop his contribution to the club. He enthusiastically took up coaching and refereeing, Mr Galvin said.
All info above was resourced on the Internet by myself, unfortunately I never got to know Donal Walsh, I often sit around Elma walshes table and she tells me story’s of Donals life, how he loves life and loved rugby so much and loved being active, never knew him personally but know so much about an outstanding man who’s courage still lives on and gives us all hope to this day that it’s ok to talk and seek help we only love one life live it to the full ❤️
In January 2017 I did an event for Donal Walsh #livelife Foundation I ran 5k a day for 31 days for the foundation where we had over 180 people take place on the event It was a pleasure raising awareness for the #livelife Foundation and also Elma Walsh Donals mother took place on the 31 day Challenge another stong and amazing women who I admire ❤️
In August 20th 2017 I will be taken place in my first ever half Ironman in memory of the late Donal Walsh 🏊♀️🚴♀️🏃♂️
Went to Saint Johns church this morning before work for Donal Walsh 4th anniversary mass, it’s amazing how many students and schools were there from all over Ireland hundreds, they admire Donal they look up to him and most of all they listen to his message, it was moving sad and inspirational ❤️
Donals legacy is still as strong as ever 4 years later, his message was #livelife, apprichate what you have, know there is always other options and there is always help ❤️
Donal Walsh hit hearts of the nation on Brendan O Connor show watch the video below 👇
Also if you would like yo donate to the Donal, Walsh LiveLife Foundation you can do so by clicking on the link below 👇
#livelife #makeeverysecondcount #speakout #neverbealone #neversufferalone ❤️