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Joan Freeman launching her Presidential cam,paign City Assembly House South William Dublin 2 this morning.

Presidential candidate and Independent Senator Joan Freeman did not donate her Seanad salary to the suicide prevention charity she founded, Pieta House, as she pledged to do.

Shortly after her nomination, Ms Freeman stated she would donate her €66,277 salary from the role to Pieta House, where she had served as chief executive until the end of 2014.

Ms Freeman instead donated €41,000 to Solace House, a separate New York-based charity she set up in 2015…Financial statements from Pieta House state the US service would be an “arm’s length domestic not-for-profit corporation” incorporated in New York. The project was initially funded by a €72,258 grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs…

Good times.

Joan Freeman did not donate Seanad salary to Pieta House as pledged (Irish Times)


Susie Dardis writes:

Wake Up! Be Kind! How we treat each other is a matter of life and death. Wake up and walk with us for Pieta House at Darkness into Light on May 12th 2018

Tomorrow night at 8pm.

At An Táin Arts Centre in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Ardú tweetz:

Have you booked your tickets for tomorrow night at Antain Arts in Dundalk, Co Louth? Christmas classics with an acappella twist In aid of Pieta House.

Tickets €12/€15.

An Táin Arts Centre

Enda O’Doherty will carry a Beko washing machine to the summit of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Pieta House in July.

Waterford man Enda O’Doherty will climb Kilimanjaro this summer in aid of suicide charity Pieta House carrying a Beko washing machine.


Enda writes:

In July 2017 I intend to carry my washing machine to the summit of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. My goal is simple, I aim to raise vital funds for Pieta House and to spread a positive mental health message. Most people ask, why a washing machine?

From my side, it’s very simple, the Washing Machine that I’m carrying symbolises the heavy hidden load that many people carry and stay quiet. We are aiming to raise awareness and also raise funds for Pieta House and every little helps.

In fairness.

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Free Friday?

A fundraising sale of dramatic images of Dublin at night by Andy Sheridan (no stranger to ‘sheet readers) in aid of suicide charity Pieta House.

Via The Irish Times:

And so to the idea of doing something for Pieta House this weekend. As Andy Sheridan says, everyone has their reasons when it comes to Darkness Into Light. His come from the death of his brother Seán, who took his own life in 2015. None of this is explainable, none of it is easy. You do what you can do.

And for this week, in this place, this is what Andy Sheridan can do. Show 36 photos of Dublin in darkness, shards of lights poking and flashing here and there, in the hope that people will like them and buy them and help lighten some of the load carried every day by Pieta House.

“He had his reasons, I guess,” Andy says of his brother. “Though that’s of little consolation. I, and everyone else who knew him, still keenly feel the pain and chaos that continue to reverberate from that burst of dark energy. Which is why I have decided to try, in my way, to do something to help.”

Dublin after dark: one photographer’s journey around the city (Malachy Clerkin, Irish Times)

Andy Sheridan Photography (Facebook)



Joan Freeman, founder of [Suicide and self harm crisis centre] Pieta House at the launch of Darkness into Light 2016, supported by Electric Ireland, on the Sam Beckett bridge, Dublin.

Darkness Into Light running events will take place in over 100 venues in Ireland and across the world on Saturday May 7 at 4.15am [register at link below].

Darkness Into Light

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Free Thursday?

Want to challenge your perception of masculinity?

Want to explore how men can build a strong team around themselves and each other to support one another through all life’s events?

Read on.

Oliver of Pieta House [self harm/suicide prevention centre] writes:

We’re hosting an event with Joe.ie called ‘The Bounce of the Ball’ in Dublin’s Chocolate Factory [King’s Inns]  on November 19th from 7pm to mark International Men’s Day and tie in with the work Pieta House do and, in particular, our Mind Our Men campaign.

Speakers on the night include Eoghan McDermott, Jack McGrath, Paul Flynn and Joe Caslin – each of them will discuss the ups and downs of life and how support is crucial when the bounce of the ball doesn’t go your way.

The Bounce Of The Ball (EventBrite)

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The Pieta House, ‘Darkness Into Light’ garden (sponsored by Bord Bia) in Bloom, Phoenix Park, Dublin

The garden designed by Niall Maxwell has won the award for Best in Category for Medium Gardens at the event.

Featuring a mural from controversial illustrator Joe Caslin it also includes “elements reflective of the charity’s work delivering suicide and self-harm therapy.

Top pic from left: Director of Clinical Services Pieta House Cindy O’Connor, Founder of Pieta House Joan Freeman,  Niall Maxwell, TV and radio presenter and Pieta House supporter Eoghan McDermott and CEO Pieta House Brian Higgins

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(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

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Powerscourt Centre, Dublin city centre

Rebecca writes:

“As part of Pieta House’s Mind Our Men campaign and With Men In Mind event last Wednesday, November 19th, artist Joe Caslin installed a massive drawing on the front façade of the Powerscourt Centre, South William Street which was completed in the early hours of Monday morning. The piece took two weekends to complete and will be up over the next 10 days.”

Mind Our Men

Pieta House, LucanPieta House in Lucan, Co Dublin

Pieta House is a free of charge suicide and self-harm crisis centre which first opened in Lucan in 2006.

It now has nine centres throughout Ireland and has supported and counselled more than 14,000 people, with almost 4,000 of those seeking help in 2013.

Tara Walsh writes:

“Pieta House will host an open day in all of their centres throughout the country this Saturday, September  6 from 2pm to 4pm ahead of Suicide Awareness Week. All are welcome to come take a tour of the counselling rooms, meet the therapists and have questions answered. Centres are located in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Tuam, Roscrea and Castleisland.”

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