Thurs 14th May saw us stage a warm up concert/talk for our school spin for Cycle Against Suicide.

Approximately 150 students attended the concert which opened a performance of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” by our Junior choir accompanied by Ms Carter and conducted by Mr. Copeland.

Next up was a powerful performance of ‘Strong’ by local band and past pupils ‘Bohemian’. This poignant song written by the bands’ lead singer Ryan Hennessy, documents his struggle with severe anxiety and how he copes and manages it.

This performance was followed up by a moving talk from Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador Joe Dixon who shared his story of losing his son Fergus to suicide and his own battle with depression. Although the content was hard hitting, the main message that Joe had to share with our young people echoed that of the cycle founder Jim Breen ‘it’s ok not t feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to as for help’. The other main take from Joe was that although our young people will try to walk the road of life unaided, it is important for them to be secure in the knowledge that if they ever need to ‘reach out’ there will be someone there to help be it parents, teachers, family or friends.

Joes’ talk was followed by a beautiful rendition of The Heathers Cycle Against Suicide theme song ‘forget me nots’ by transition year students Aine Heffernan, Sarah Reeves and Emma Cunningham.

A moving but uplifting afternoon was concluded with two more songs from the excellent ‘Bohemian’

Well done to all contributors and special thanks to the team of transition year students who helped in the setting up of the hall and smooth running of the event.

Ms Maguire