In this Lasallian Month of Peace we, as a community pray for “Peace in our hearts…a peace that this world cannot give us”
On Monday 28th September, DLS Dundalk welcomed Fionnbar Walsh, father of Donal Walsh, to the College to speak to the students.
Most people in Ireland are familiar with the extraordinary life of Donal Walsh, the Kerry teenager who was diagnosed with bone cancer when he was 12 year old. While Donal eventually lost his life to the disease in May 2013 aged 16, he inspired a nation with his #LiveLife organisation.
In the last months before his death he took to writing. He told the story of his battle with cancer and what it took each time to fight his way back to living life. He wrote about his anger at teenage suicide while he was battling to get as much out of living his life as he could. He encouraged young people who were suffering mental anguish to reach out, speak to someone, to seek help. Donal wrote about “Climbing God’s Mountains” and how difficult that was but how his faith sustained him and gave him strength. His message is inspirational and empowering.
Every student in the school had the opportunity to listen to Fionnbar speak and engage with him during a question and answer session. They learned practical ways to get help when feeling down and were reminded that life is for living and every moment is precious and a gift from God.