Pieta House is launched in Roscrea
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Opening the new centre, the founder of the organisation Joan Freeman said that the people behind Pieta House in Roscrea were deeply passionate about their work
Opening the new centre, the founder of the organisation Joan Freeman said that the people behind Pieta House in Roscrea were deeply passionate about their work. “I am delighted to know that this facility will play a very important role in many peoples lives long into the future”.
She said “Paul McNamara, the team Leader for the Roscrea group, was always determined to see Pieta House come to Roscrea, while Emma Maher was equally determined to realise the group’s goal of the facility in Roscrea.
Cllr Michael Smith pictured with Joan Freeman at the launch of
Pieta House, Roscrea.
Mairead Ramsbottom, Liaison Officer, who was also instrumental in the successful establishment of the Roscrea Centre, told the group she always felt there was a certain amount of complacency about suicide in Tipperary. Tipperary is in the top seven counties in Ireland with the worst suicide figures and working with Paul, who did huge work for the Roscrea Drugs Initiative, we both know so much healing could happen in Roscrea through Pieta House’, she said. It’s fantastic to know the centre will be open five days a week and people can always just ring and make an appointment to drop in. Pieta House is now a part of our town and there is no stigma attached to Pieta House, Mairead Ramsbottom said.
Martina Leamy, Manager of the Roscrea Centre, said the facility is already up and running and going very well: ‘We are very busy and people can knock on the door and call in, or any family member can ring us and make an appointment to drop in – is very easy and the door is always open’, she said. The Roscrea Centre is very homely and safe and not a bit clinical. Anyone can call in and enjoy a cup of tea and the opportunity to really make a connection with people and make a real difference is amazing,’ Mrs Leamy said.
Jim Dwyer, President of the Roscrea Lions Club, said he always felt there was a serous issue with suicide in the area and that since coming in as President of the Lions Club two years ago, always intended to make the issue a priority. ‘Pieta House is there for the total community and we all felt at the Lions Club that this was a very worthy while cause which we had to support. We are delighted to see it’s been such a success already,’ Mr. Dwyer said.
Nora Conway, Manager of the Limerick Centre, was also in Roscrea for the opening and said she was very happy to see another community embrace Joan’s vision. ‘It’s worth all the work and it will make a huge difference to your community and I would like to pledge all the support of the Limerick Centre,’ Ms. Conway said.
Joan concluded the launch in complementing Local Councillor Michael Smith who, she said was with this project every step of the way and saw it through many difficult challenges. Cllr. Smith said, ‘Joan has become a household name around Ireland after the amazing success of her organisation. Many thousands of individual’s are availing of the help provided by Pieta Centres around the Country. Some as young as 6 years and others in the ripe old age of 84 have sought refuge from this enlightened support. The silent sickness, that far too often leaves a trail of trauma, sorrow and broken hearts. Despite a more open and modern view of mental illness there is still a great need for more to be done. Pieta House opens its doors and makes it known that there is help available.
I have been privileged to be associated with this development from its inception and today is a proud day for all of us, a special thank you to Joan Freeman, whose life is devoted to most laudable purpose. Finally, I would like to make a special plea to government to do more to help projects like these. If we can spare families of terrible trauma of suicide, our efforts will be more than worthwhile’.