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On Wednesday 29th July 2015, the day our lives changed forever. The little boy who brought so much joy to everyone, with his mischievous smile and devilment, a little boy with an old man’s head on his shoulders, it was like he had been on this earth before. Declan Donohue Junior was born to Declan and Geraldine Donohue in University Hospital Galway on 20th December 2010, a gorgeous baby boy with big brown eyes. He loved visiting his relations in Ballinaboy, Belmullet, Co Mayo on the family home farm, little did anyone know that Wednesday 29th July 2015 would be his last visit.
Out of all tragedies, there should always be something positive, we want to keep “Little Deceen’s” name and memory alive. Geraldine’s brother in law Michael and Gillian McGrath have erected a monument, where Declan was pronounced dead on the Ballina Road, Belmullet, Co Mayo and we have a Memory Garden in the back of our own garden in Galway, we want his new brother, named Noah Pia and our expected child in December, to always know “Little Deceen”. His 10 year old sister, Julianna, still misses her brother dearly, and it is only now that she is receiving councelling from First Light (a parent and sibling bereavement charity). There are not enough services, or, information on services, for bereaved parents and siblings who are left behind, to help them to live with the loss of their loved one. It was only when Geraldine finally hit rock bottom, was support given to her, a head social worker, named Maeve in the Regional Hospital Galway, recognised that Geraldine was no longer able to function in her normal capacity as a wife and a parent, because she was broken in half, and had no help with regards counselling or any other support. It was thanks to Maeve, Head Social Worker, who referred her to Margaret McGoldrick from First Light, Portmarnock, Dublin.
Through Little Deceen’s parting to Heaven, we have crossed paths with so many special people, who have also suffered the loss of a child in tragic circumstances. Things have happened along the way, which can only be sent from Heaven via “Little Deceen”.
Due to the great support we have had from Embrace FARM, Geraldine and Declan want to give back to the charity that initially helped them. They are organising a Barn Dance on Sunday 5th August 2018 at Healy’s Hall, Glenamoy, Ballina, Co Mayo.
There will be an auction on the night with sports memorabilia which include a fully signed authentic Manchester United jersey, courtesy of Martin Donohue via Old Trafford, fully signed Mayo Football jersey, fully signed Galway Hurling jersey, fully signed Connacht Rugby jersey, fully signed Dublin 2016 Commemorative jersey. Also an All Ireland Rugby jersey courtesy of Emrbace Farm. There will be other great substantial prizes on the night due to great support from Connacht businesses alike. Tickets for the event are priced at 10 euros with all proceeds going to Embrace FARM – Farm Accident Support Network, and can be obtained from the Belmullet Agricultural Show on Sunday 22nd July, and local Belmullet outlets, also available on the night or contact 083 8167462 or email Declan.firstname.lastname@example.org