Donal Walsh, the Kerry teenager who touched so many lives when he came to prominence through his writings and subsequent appearance on Brendan O’Connor’s ‘The Saturday Night Show’ is being honoured by his native county. Donal who fundraised tirelessly while battling Cancer has now had the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation set up by his family in order to bring forward his causes of providing age appropriate teenage facilities in hospital and hospice centres as well as promoting his anti-suicide message. #Livelife message.
The foundation will also assist in his other causes of providing age appropriate teenage facilities in hospital and hospice care centres.
Today we were priviliged to have the visit of the live life foundation to the school. Donal's father Finbar spoke to over 400 of our students over two sessions. The group started walking from the Aviva stadium in Dublin last Sunday after the Ireland-Scotland match and are walking to Thomond Park Limerick for the Munster V cardiff match next Saturday Staying in Rugby clubs over night and visiting schools during the day.
Finbar recalled many memories of Donal's life and particularly his bravery with dealing with his illness. It was one of the most powerful presentations we have ever had in the school and it is easy to see where Donal got his strength and courage from as his father discussed his illness , his treatment , his funeral and most importantly the message that Donal was giving and what his legacy will always be.He spoke to students about the importance of appreciating life and that there is always someone to talk to and that all our lives are valuable.
Finbar answered any questions the students had and he movingly read out Donal's article to the whole group.One of the other emotional moments of the day was Donal's friend Danny performing the Haka as he did the day of Donal's funeral. Billy Keane the journalist from the Irish Independent was also in attendance and will be writing about the foundation in the Independent over the next few days. Meanwhile you can view some of the recordings from today in the download section of this website.