In what could be called an ongoing project, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown has commenced a $150 million restoration exercise in the Le Repentir Cemetery.The project, which commenced late last year, is part of a wider strategy to sustainably restore the city of Georgetown, according to Town Clerk Royston King.An overhead view of ongoing works at the Le Repentir Cemetery by the M&CCHe explained that the Council was taking an aggressive approach to ensure the thorough restoration of the area.“We have hired under the emergency clause of the Act, a contractor with the human competencies and technological capability to clear the cemetery and help us restore it,” he was quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information (DPI).The restoration work includes the removal of overgrown bushes and using an “environmentally-friendly chemical” to help with the overgrowth and hanging trees. The contractor is also clearing and weeding all canals and waterways in the cemetery.It is the first time that the Council has hired a contractor to assist with the upkeepOngoing works at the Le Repentir Cemeteryof the cemetery. King said previously persons hired by the Council would simply weed, leaving the Council with the added responsibility of finding more money to have the cemetery cleaned again.According to King, the new arrangement with the contractor will not only help to secure the integrity of the cemetery, but will also help the Council to save money. The contractor will work along with the Council’s technical team to ensure a robust maintenance programme, which will be ongoing over a three-month period.“We started late last year, and these works will continue until maybe two or three months, because there are a number of things we have to do within the cemetery and we are very happy about the support from citizens and stakeholders,” he told DPI.Support has been flowing in from especially religious groups, including Catholics and Muslims that have burial spaces in the cemetery.The Town Clerk disclosed that the Council last year spent in excess of $80 million, while $60 million was expended the previous year on the cemetery.The Council is also hoping that later this year it could galvanise the support of family members of persons buried in the cemetery, to have them be part of a massive clean-up campaign.“We are asking that when it is announced, that those who are concerned that they will cooperate, because we need to paint the tombs, we need to have the cemetery looking like a real cemetery… it is really important that we take some time and remember our loved ones and take some time to make this area one that we can be proud of.”According to the Town Clerk, much more still needs to be done beyond the project. In fact, King said the Council planned to restore the gates and fences of the cemetery and plans were also in the pipeline to construct another crematorium. The development of roads in the cemetery is part of the current work package.The DPI said King also used the opportunity to call on citizens to pay up their rates to assist in the restoration process.
Jim McGuinness (Donegal Manager), Alan Quinlan (former Irish International Rugby player), Finian Hanley (Galway GAA Captain), Adrian Logan (BBC sport presenter), Kevin Keane (Mayo GAA Team player and IT Sligo Student), and FAI International Young Player of the Year 2013 and IT Sligo Student, Emma Hansberry, are amongst a group of sport starts featured on a new video about suicide awareness produced by three IT Sligo students.The video was launched today at IT Sligo by Armagh GAA player Oisin McConville.Given that Ireland has one of the highest rates of suicide amongst young males in Europe, the students focused their message at this group and sought out some of Ireland’s top sporting starts to encourage those at risk to talk to someone close to them.Thought provokingly called ‘Who Would You Tell?’ the video was produced by Stephen Doak (Creeslough, Donegal), David Mackin (Dundalk) and Stephen Sullivan (Coole, Westmeath) as part of their final year project in the BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion at IT Sligo. If he was feeling suicidal, Donegal GAA Team Manager Jim McGuinness says he would tell ‘a family member of a friend’; Connacht Rugby Player John Muldoon says he would tell his girlfriend; Galway GAA Captain Finian Hanley said he would tell his parents and his girlfriend; and Mayo GAA player Kevin Keane would tell his parents and his girlfriend.“There is such a taboo around suicide and that’s what we wanted to tackle in this video,” said student Stephen Sullivan. “People who feel suicidal feel they can’t talk about it, and those who are worried about friends are afraid to broach the subject with them. But talking is the best medicine and that’s what we are trying to promote in this video.”Jim McGuinness encourages people to speak out about their problems on the video; “My own community has been devastated by it in the last number of years, old and young,” he says. “It’s something that just stops you in your tracks. You wish that you could do something, or that you could have known or helped by the reality is sometimes you don’t and that’s why it’s so important that if you’re any way down or carrying anything, or if you feel depressed, to try to seek people out. Don’t carry it yourself, try and move forward with the help and support of other people. That’s the key thing,” he said.Rugby player Alan Quinlan echoes these sentiments; “There’s no doubt about it that people tend to sweep their problems under the carpet and not open up. But they escalate and get worse and times does on. There is no shame in speaking out and opening up to someone,” he says.John Muldoon says suicide is ‘crippling society; “Don’t be macho. Don’t be afraid. Don’t think that people will think less of you…if you’re in a bad place, talk to someone,” he said.Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Resource Officer with HSE West Mike Rainsford, is also quoted on the video. “There is an invisible barrier associated with suicide,” he said. “Those feeling suicidal don’t want to burden people by talking about it and their friends and family don’t know how to raise it with them. The only way we can help is to communicate to each other, to our friends or with support services. A problem shared really is a problem halved, so the very simple message about communication underpinning this video is very important.”The BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion at IT Sligo is an innovative and practically-driven degree programme which equips students with a variety of skills to promote health amongst specialised and applied health areas and populations. Lecturer Maire McCallion said practical projects are a core part of the programme; “The students have received tremendous support from the sporting community in this project,” she said.” Videos are powerful communication and promotional tools and the students are hoping that this video will be used by schools and sporting and community groups to promote suicide awareness and the importance of mental health.” For more information see www.itsligo.ieThose who are affected by suicide or suicidal thoughts should contact their GP. Other sources of support also include the Samaritans 1850 609090, 1Life 1800 24 7 100 and Stop suicide 1850 211 877. DDTV: JIM McGUINNESS APPEARS IN SUICIDE AWARENESS VIDEO was last modified: February 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DDTV: JIM McGUINNESS APPEARS IN SUICIDE AWARENESS VIDEO