World Suicide Prevention Day: Tallaght community come together to remember loved ones

By Amy Donohoe

A Tallaght community is coming together to remember loved ones on World Suicide Prevention Day.

The Tree of Hope ceremony is this Friday, 10 September at 7.30pm.

Tymonville residents will be planting a tree in the green beside the Tymon Park at the Greenhills road entrance.

Residents can bring a picture of a loved one and “turn the soil” of a tree.

Mick Duff, Independent Councillor for Tallaght Central spoke of the significance of the event.

He told Dublin Live: “The Tree of Hope has been going on now for several years. It was started by Noeleen Fullan and she’s helped by various volunteers.

“It brings great comfort to bereaved families where there might’ve been a tragic death.

"When we see the yellow ribbon, it’s a reminder to us all that there is hope in life and that we should reach out to one another. It’s a great initiative.

Tree of hope (Facebook)

“It’s a symbol of hope, solace, and I really think that the ceremony is lovely.

"There’s readings, there’s music, reflections, it’s one of those things that when a family or community have been through grief, these are young people who have passed, that loss is felt right through their friends, their family, schools.

“This ceremony brings these people together and gives them hope.

“We can stand together and share our problems if we’re feeling sad, lost, or anxious, you’re not alone. Those yellow ribbons are a reminder that there is hope.”

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