In conjunction with our Mental Health & Suicide Prevention initiatives in the school, a number of staff & students participated in the Cycle Against Suicide last Friday, 8th May 2015. Many weeks of preparation, both on & off the saddle, were required for this feat. Our staff & students were completing the Thurles to Portlaois leg via Johnstown along the N8. Unfortunately, the poor weather on the day curtailed the event significantly as the morning session from Clonmel to Thurles proved too taxing for many. For Health & Safety reasons the Thurles to Portlaois leg was cancelled with buses to be provided in order to meet the subsequent arrival time. This adversely affected the proposed “Sos Beag” in Coláiste Mhuire, which our Local Education Committee had prepared for so diligently.
However, the spirit of our cyclists shone through as they decided to complete the leg from Thurles to Johnstown as weather conditions had improved and it was feasible for them to do so. They were greeted with memorable scenes by those kind enough to wait until the slightly later time of 4.30pm. The bus operators had originally agreed to delay collections to facilitate the “Sos Beag” but this decision was understandably reversed on cancellation of this leg. With the majority of students having been collected by their bus, those that stayed on with some members of staff and management made the homecoming a memorable occasion for the cyclists! Well done to all involved for participating in an event of national importance and promoting an extremely worthy cause. #ItsOkNotToFeelOk For more information visit www.cycleagainstsuicide.com