“Sometimes there are warning signs & there’s the unthinkable nightmare of seeing your loved one decline, seeing their distress, & trying to access professional support for them. Kenneth was failed by public & private #mentalhealth services in this country. He didn’t want to die.” pic.twitter.com/8Pg5ICIaff
— Mick Wallace (@wallacemick) December 12, 2018
Independent Wexford TD Mick Wallace reads a statement from the sister of Kenneth Rowe (top left), a beloved resident of Bridgetown, County Wexford, who took his own life last January.
Via The Wexford People, January 16, 2018:
‘In a eulogy, Kenneth’s father Peter said his son grew from a dearly loved baby into a loving, mischievous, free-spirited young man, full of life and love was always determined to overcome any obstacle in his way.
‘As a child he was obsessed with tractors and machinery and very often up to no good. As young adult he got through some difficult times with the love and support of close friends and family,’ said Peter.
His early twenties were years of amazing adventures. He travelled near and far – Mexico, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, New Zealand and many other countries.
His favourite form of transport was a motorbike and when he visited other countries his loved to head off into the countryside and see how ordinary people lived.
‘He always wanted to meet real people. When he finished his travels, he went about getting every other vehicle license he could, from motorbike to artic.
‘And then he bought his first horse ‘Manny’ and that was the beginning of a whole new phase in his life with Eddie, Queenie and Millie joining the scene. In the middle of all this he worked as a rigger, a lorry driver amongst other things.
‘Between the horses and dogs he found lots of time to hang out with friends, neighbours and anyone who would stop and talk to him. If you said hello to Kenneth you could end up talking to him two hours or two days later.’