HURLING star Conor Cusack will take part in a suicide awareness walk.
The former Cork hurler will address an event in Galway city today following more than five deaths from suicide in the region over one weekend.
Organiser of the Walk of Life event Niall McDonagh said he wanted to give people a sense of hope while remembering those who had died.
“The number of people taking their lives has reached epidemic proportions. We need to create awareness, give people a sense of hope and show people that help is available,” he said.
“We also want to remember people we have lost in the right way but not glorify they way they died.”
Mr McDonagh lost his cousin Galway hurler Niall Donohue to suicide last October.
“After Niall’s death we got so many calls and letters from people feeling the same way. It really just brought it home how many people are finding it hard to cope,” he said.
The secondary school teacher praised former hurler Conor Cusack for his ongoing efforts.
“He has shared his own battle with depression and as a result he has helped so many. He does all of this on his own accord and it has a real effect,” he added.
The event will begin with a Mass at Galway Cathedral at noon today followed by an address by Mr Cusack and Mr McDonagh.
It will finish with a two mile walk along the streets and bridges of the city.