WATCH: Huge crowd turns out for Hoped vigil in Newbridge last Wednesday night

Huge turnout for vigil promoting positive mental health

Leinster Leader reporter


Leinster Leader reporter


A huge crowd turned out for the Hope(D) candlelit vigil in Newbridge last Wednesday, October 10 to mark World Mental Health Day.

Members of the Moorefield Senior Football team were in attendance supporting Niall Hurley Lynch, who spoke about his own battle with mental health.

The vigil started at the Hope(D) premises on Henry Street, Newbridge at 7.30pm and ended in Liffey Linear Park, with refreshments afterwards at Newbridge Town Hall.

On his Facebook page, Owen C Lynch said; "so happy to have been part of the Hope(D) Candlelight Vigil last night in The Linear Park, Newbridge. So many emotions ... a powerful, poignant and thought provoking evening. Congratulations to Terri and all her colleagues/helpers at HOPED for organising such a special and important event within our community and for making us all aware of the wonderful help and support available for anyone who may be struggling or find themselves in a dark place. 

"The message rang loud and clear ‘Its OK not to be OK’ and most importantly, there are professionally trained people ready to listen & help. Some great motivational words spoken last night from the various guest speakers and from Terri herself. I think the brave and honest way in which Niall Hurley Lynch spoke of his journey with depression left a lasting impact with many of the hundreds in attendance. Both myself and my choral group were delighted to be involved in some small way."

Hoped can be contacted on 1800855834 or 0871513535