Poignant vigil at Wexford's Ferrybank
a large number of people attended Wexford Marinewatch's candlelit vigil at Ferrybank last Thursday night, the event time to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day.
'We had a large turnout for a very simple but poignant and important ceremony to remember those we have lost in our community through suicide,' said founder member and vice chair of Marinewatch, Cllr George Lawlor who led the vigil.
'Events like the candlelit vigil are an inportant signal that the battle against the scourge of suicide continues and we need to remove this dark cloud from our horizon.'
Members of the RNLI and Cycle Against Suicide joined Marinewatch volunteers and members of the public at the vigil.
Wexford MarineWatch' is a voluntary organisation which provides Suicide Prevention Patrols along Wexford Quays, Estuary and Harbour.
Established in December 2012, its primary objective was to try and reduce the high level of death by suicide in the Wexford Harbour and Bridge area - one of the longest bridges in Ireland today. Previously, most of these troubled individuals were not intercepted in time and got swept away by the very strong tidal flows in the Harbour. This often resulted in drawn out lengthy voluntary searches, sometimes for weeks or even months - resulting in distress and heartbreak for the families, the relatives, the search teams and the wider community.
Since its inception in 2012, no-one has lost their life through suicide in Wexford Harbour.