Community is the greatest comfort
Three years ago my youngest brother Louis (above) was knocked down and killed in his native town in Listowel. His untimely and tragic death was an enormous and devastating loss for our family.
As well as being my beloved brother he was also my best friend and confidante. We were, as they say, joined at the hip. In fact his sudden death left a gaping void in the lives of all who knew him.
Last Saturday night, a memorial concert was held in his honour at St John's Hall in Listowel. Louis' family and friends packed the little hall to pay tribute to him.
It was a highly charged and emotional evening and at the end of the show there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Thanks to all the musicians and performers for making it such a memorable occasion - and a special thanks to Pat Dempsey.
I also want to pay a heartfelt and sincere thanks to the people of Listowel for their support and friendship from all the O'Carroll family. In the fast moving and busy world we all live in we can often forget the value of community - but when we need it, it's often there. So it was last weekend.