Drama about suicide gives woman an idea

by Ian Begley

A Clondalkin mother who recently lost her son to suicide is encouraging young people and their teachers to come to a thought provoking play about suicide at the Church of Transfiguration, Bawnogue, and has successfully raised enough money so that people can attend free of charge.
Carol Cosgrove’s son, Daniel Dempsey, tragically died of suicide in September 2014 and has since established a support group for parents whose children have taken their own lives.
Speaking to The Gazette, Cosgrove said she was recently encouraged to go and see Patricia McCann’s award-nominated play – Bring Me Back Alive in DIT on Aungier Street.
It focuses on six Dublin teenagers discussing how they are coping after the suicide of their friend, Pablo.
Cosgrave thought the play would greatly benefit the young people of her community and raised about €1,200 for it to come to Clondalkin and that people could attend free of charge.
“I thought the play was extremely well written. It brilliantly portrays the reality of what people go through after someone close to them dies of suicide.
“I saw the play on Daniel’s anniversary and was just blown away by the whole thing.
“After the play ended I spoke to Patricia and asked her if she would bring it to Clondalkin and she told me that its cast often travel around different schools and churches performing the play.
“Normally people pay €5 to see it, but I wanted to get as many young people to attend as possible so I decided to fundraise for the play to come here and that no one would have to pay for entry.
“I managed to raise about €1,200 in total through donations and selling raffle tickets.
“I’m hoping that teachers from the area will hear about the play and send their students to it and maybe arrange for it to come to their schools in the future.
“There will also be a raffle on the night and any additional money raised will go towards dealing with issues around suicide in the area,” she said.
Cosgrave added that she was encouraging parents bereaved by suicide to attend her support group, which takes place every two weeks on Monday evenings.
“The group is going very well at the moment. It’s not a therapy group by any means and we don’t delve too deeply into people’s lives.
“We just have a chat about different things, which helps a whole lot for people who are bereaved,” she said.
Bring Me Back Alive will take place at the Church of Transfiguration on Friday, January 22, at 7.30pm.
The next meeting of Cosgrave’s support group is on Monday, January 25 in the Tus Nua building on the Nangor Road at 7pm.
For more information, contact Carol Cosgrave at caroldempsey@hotmail.com
Some of the local counselling services for people who are suffering with mental health issues, include Pieta House at 01-601 0000, Beacon of Light, 01-457 8700 and the Jigsaw Clondalkin – 01 538 0087.

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