On Wednesday February 4 Donal Walsh’s father, Finnbar came to visit our school in Rathangan. He was joined by loved ones and peers of Donal. Donal was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13 and sadly lost his battle against the disease at the young age of 16. His father came to share with us Donal’s outlook on life. He showed us a video produced by Donal himself and his best friend, in which Donal goes on a journey. Throughout the video Donal is smiling, and doing stuff he loved. We could all see he lived life to the full. He trained a local rugby team, he cycled his bike, he had friends over like any other child, or 16 year old would.
Hearing the stories from Finnbar Walsh and the friends and peers of Donal was both heart-breaking and incredibly inspiring at the same time. Donal inspired the young people around his local town in Tralee and all over Ireland by his strength and ability to smile through the pain.
Today his story reached out and touched the hearts of everyone in Ardscoil Rath Iomghain. Teachers and students alike were teary-eyed and moved greatly by the story of such an amazing young person. The message that life is for living, that each moment we breath is a gift worth grasping rang through to the hearts of all. Life is indeed full of difficult obstacles but we are now inspired to appreciate life, even in times of hardship. In Ard Scoil Rath Iomghain we aim to learn to dance in the rain and know that a rainbow is never far away.