TREE OF HOPE [ST. CATHERINE’S CATHOLIC CHURCH – MEATH STREET]
The actual tree is slightly out-off focus because I did not want to identify the people in the photographs and cards surrounding tree.
August 25 2015 a ’Tree Of Hope’ was planted beside the grotto at St. Catherine’s Church in support of all sadly affected by a suicide or living with mental health issues.
When I first saw this memorial a year ago, almost to the day, I thought that it was a one-off but I have since learned that it is part of a national campaign supported by the Tree council Of Ireland. The Tree of Hope group was set up by community activists Noeleen Fulham and Ashling Kerr Stanley in 2014 beginning with a tree being planted in Tallaght. They now plan to plant a forest of trees of hope.
“The ‘Tree of Hope’ strives to provide a place of comfort where survivors can memorialise their loved ones lost to suicide or living with depression. The Tree of Hope team do this on a Voluntary basis as we have all been directly impacted by loss through suicide, all funds go directly into the planting of our trees.”
The Samaritans 24-hour Helpline number is 116 123 [THIS IS LOCAL TO IRELAND]
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