Limerick landmarks to light up during World Suicide Prevention Day

Thursday 3rd September 2015: Limerick City Hall, The Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle will mark World Suicide Prevention Day by lighting up orange on Thursday, September 10th 

Publish Date: Thursday 3rd September 2015

Limerick City and County Council is marking World Suicide Prevention Day by lighting up orange on Thursday, September 10th.

Limerick City Hall on Merchants Quay joins The Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle as well 30 other landmarks and buildings throughout the island of Ireland for the initiative, which aims to awareness, education and information to promote conversations around suicide prevention.

The initiative is one of a number of Events Against Suicide taking place throughout Ireland and is organised by Cycle Against Suicide, in collaboration with the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015 and Solus.

Cllr. Liam Galvin, Mayor of Limerick City and County Council welcomed the Council's support for the all-island initiative.

"Suicide is a real and present issue that everyone must continue to acknowledge and address. Next Thursday, three iconic Limerick landmarks will light up Orange in remembrance of those who have lost their life through suicide and to stand with those who have lost loved ones. In doing so, Limerick and its people are coming together in support of anyone in the wider community who may be suffering from depression."

Aisling Riordan, organiser of this Event Against Suicide stated: "I came up with this idea after reporting on the Cycle Against Suicide for the RTE newsroom over the past few years. This year I had the opportunity to actually take part in the Cycle. It was a brilliant two weeks where I met incredible people and I wanted to give something back. I had a light bulb moment and thought why not get the whole country to light up in Orange to spread this important message, ‘It’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’.

Meanwhile, thousands of orange coloured light bulbs, donated by Irish company Solus, are currently making their way into communities throughout the island of Ireland.  These will be sold by Cycle Against Suicide volunteers and ambassadors. Contact the Cycle Against Suicide team on events@cycleagainstsuicide.com to find out where to buy them at €5 for a pack of 2. The funds raised will go towards Cycle Against Suicide’s schools programme (http://www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/schools).

Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire. The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.

Landmarks and buildings confirmed so far include:

  • Dublin: Grafton Street, The Mansion House, City Hall, Trinity College, Heuston Station, Christ Church Cathedral, National Concert Hall, RDS, Casino, UCD;
  • Cork: City Hall, Blackrock Castle and Blarney Castle;
  • Waterford: Bishop’s Palace Museum;
  • Limerick: Corporate HQ, The Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle;
  • Kilkenny: Kilkenny Castle, The Town Hall, City Library and County Hall;
  • Galway: City Hall and Fisheries Tower, The Mayors Private Residence and NUI Galway
  • Belfast: Belfast City Hall
  • Derry: Derry City and Strabane District Council Offices and Ebrington Square
  • Fermanagh: Enniskillen Castle
  • Tyrone: Strule Arts Centre
     
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