Welcome to Console

Console is a Registered Charity supporting and helping people bereaved through suicide. We respect each individual’s unique journey through the grieving process following their tragic loss. Console promotes positive mental health within the community in an effort to reduce the high number of attempted suicides and deaths through suicide.

No matter where we go or who we become, never forget who helped us get there.

Annual Console mid-summer Concert


Join us for the Annual Console mid-summer Concert at the National Concert Hall on Saturday the 21st of June 2008 at 8pm.

Kieran Goss, long hailed as one of Ireland’s leading performers and songwriters will perform on this special night. Kieran is also well loved for his compellingly warn and witty live performances. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed. Kieran will by joined by Acabella and special guests. Limited tickets available.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the National Concert Hall Box Office at 01 4170000 or log-on to www.nch.ie

New Console Chief Executive Officer Appointed


Mr Sean McCarthy has recently been appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Console. Sean has a wide range of experience within Psychiatric Nursing, having worked in the Mental Health services in Waterford and in the Forensic Psychiatric services in Maidstone Kent England prior to taking up a position within the Health Service Executive South as a Regional Suicide Resource Officer. He was the first permanently appointed Resource Officer within the HSE and has worked in that position from 1998 until his appointment with Console.

CONSOLE 'Tough Times' TV Advert


Young people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives are being encouraged to talk to others about it in an innovative national health promotion campaign called ' Tough Times ' developed by Console, The 3t's ( Turning the Tide of Suicide ) and the National Ofice for Suicde Prevention. Read more....

Christmas Celebration of Light 2007


Christmas Celebration of Light - Dublin
The Console Annual Christmas Celebration of Light DUBLIN will take place on Sunday the 9th of December 2007 at 4pm at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co.Kildare. Click here for details

Christmas Celebration of Light - Limerick
The Console Christmas Celebration of Light for LIMERICK will take place at 4.15pm on Sunday the 9th of December 2007 in the Augustinian Chruch, O' Connell Street, Limerick. Click here for details

Christmas Celebration of Light - Galway
The Console Christmas Celebration of Light for Galway will be held in the Augustinian Church, Middle Street, Galway on Sunday the 9th of December 2007 at 4pm. Click here for details


Women at the Heart of Fundraising


Women at the Heart of Fundraising 'CORE' will host a fundraising evening in aid of Console at 7pm at City Hall, Cork Hill, Dame Street, Dublin 2 on Thursday the 22nd of November 2007.

This Major Social Event will commence with a Wine, Drinks and light Food Reception followed by Music and Entertainment by the following Artist's;

* Frances Black

* The Dublin Gospel Choir

* Acabella

Fergus Slattery will present the Auction on the night.

Raffle Tickets for some top class prizes will also be on Sale along with specially Commissioned Console Christmas Cards and Candles.

Entry Tickets cost €30. To Book your tickets please telephone 01 6102638 for further information.

Public Car Parks: Trinity Street & Drury Street.


Console Presents "Christy Moore & Friends in Concert"


On Saturday the 23rd of June in the National Concert Hall, Dublin Christy Moore will perform in Concert. Christy will be joined by the following artist’s on the night;
Maura O’ Connell
Frances Black
Acabella.

Directed and Produced by Yvonne Crotty
Musical Director: Seamus Brett
Compere: Kieran Hanrahan, RTE Broadcaster

Tickets:€50.00, €30.00 + 10% Discount for Groups

Contact the NATIONAL CONCERT HALL BOX OFFICE: 10am to 7pm Mon-Sat, Tel: 01 4170000 Online: www.nch.ie - NO BOOKING FEE







Console Galway formally launched


On Wednesday the 16th of May 2007, Mary Harney TD, Minister for Health and Children formally launched Console House in Galway City. Console House provides Counselling and Support to those Bereaved through Suicide in the Western Region. The launch was followed by a formal Reception at the Galway City Museum, Spanish Arch.

Before officially launching the Counselling and Support Service, Mary Harney TD, Minister for Health said she was a great admirer of Console, because they did a great job with relatively small resources. We need a faciliity like this virtually in every county in Ireland ' she added.

Marie whyte, Console Galway's Counselling Manager, said the facility was offering a much-needed service for the Galway area. ' It's important that people who are bereaved by suicide have a safe place where they can go and speak about their tragedy in a confidential environment with a qualified counsellor' she said.

Brid Ridge, an Oughterard mother who lost her 22 year old son through suicide two years age, told those gathered at the launch that Console had helped her greatly since she started attending the Console Support Group. ' I find it a great help, because you are talking to other people who have been in the same situation, and they know where you are coming from ' she said.



Marie Whyte, Console Counsellor with Mary Harney T.D, Minister for Health


Josephine Quinlan, Console Counsellor at the launch                    


Andrew Garvey, Chairman of Console with supporters of Console


Mary Harney TD, Minister for Health with Console Counsellors           


Mary Harney TD, Minister for Health with the 'Friends of Console'


Mary Harney TD Minister for Health speaking during the Launch of Console House


Maire Whyte, Counselling Manager speaking during the launch


Mary Harney TD Minister for Health officially launching the Console Service


LAUNCH OF CONSOLE LIMERICK


Tim O'Malley, TD Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, officially launched the CONSOLE Limerick Service on Monday the 26th of March 2007 at Console House, Oakville Terrace, New Street, Limerick.

Josephine Quinlan, Counselling Co-ordinator for Console Limerick said ‘ We are delighted to have the Minister officially launch Console Limerick. His presence is an acknowledgement of the importance of such a service for people who have been bereaved through suicide.

It can be a very traumatic experience and in today’s world with its stresses and pressures, those carrying deep pain and strong emotions can feel paralyzed be their grief. Taking time to talk to a trained professional counsellor in a compassionate and confidential environment can help people understand what they are going through and their grieving process.

A distressed person may find it hard to look for help but we are here, and we understand. And if they make even the initial effort they will soon find, as others who’ve attended Console all over the country that their grief can be eased and they can begin to heal again ‘

Minister O' Malley said ' The encouragement and professional counselling and support provided by Console for those who suffer the intense trauma of bereavement through suicide of a loved one is of immense importance '


Sr Margaret O’ Sullivan RSJ, Console, Josephine Quinlan, Console, Minister Tim O’ Malley, T.D and Andrew Garvey, Chairman, Console.


President McAleese meets Console Team in Aras An Uachtarin


On Wednesday the 24th of November Our Patron, President Mary McAleese invited CONSOLE Volunteers and Supporters to Aras An Uachtarin in recognition of their outstanding commitment to our organisation. President McAleese, through her kind invitation acknowledges the importance of the work of our community based Volunteer’s and especially their valued contribution to the voluntary sector here in Ireland.


Photo: Barry O’ Driscoll , Kay Garvey, Michael Mc Guinness, Dr Martin McAleese, President Mary McAleese, Andrew Garvey, Console Chairman and Karl Llyod.


Christmas Celebration of Light Dublin


The Console Christmas Celebration of Light was held in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co.Kildare on Sunday the 10th of December.

The Celebration of Light commemorates the lives lost through suicide. This is one of the most important events in Console’s calendar, inviting families and friends to come together in solidarity to remember the lives of their friends and loved ones. This evening includes the lighting of candles and a minutes silence in the presence of others to remember those who are no longer with us on life’s journey.

The Service was led by Fr Aidan Troy CP and Gareth O’ Callaghan, Broadcaster. Reflections and Readings by Geoff Day, Director of NOSP and Dr John Connolly, Irish Association of Suicidology. Music by: Tommy Fleming, Liam Lawton, Eimear Quinn, Niamh Murray, Acabella, Jacqueline O’ Dowd, Celtic Whisper, Fergal O’ Murchu and Seamus Brett.


Acabella


Tommy Fleming


Liam Lawton


St Patricks College Chapel


Eimear Quinn


Andrew Garvey, Console, Geoff Day, Director, NOSP, Niamh Murray, Liam Lawton, Gareth O’ Callaghan, Jacqueline O’ Dowd, Fr Aidan Troy CP & Dr John Connolly, IAS.


Fr Aidan Troy, CP and Andrew Garvey, Chairman, Console


Performer Tommy Fleming with Geoff Day


Christmas Celebration of Light Galway


The Console Christmas Celebration of Light was held in the Augustinian Church in Galway City on Sunday the 17th of December. The event was hosted by Fr Dick Lyng, OSA, Canon Patrick Towers, Church of Ireland, Rev Sahr Yambasu, Unitied Methodist and Presbyterian Chruch.

The MC for the evening was Gareth O’ Callaghan, Author & Broadcaster. Music by: Marc Roberts, Jacqueline O’ Dowd, Cuchullan, Galway Choral Association and Poetry by Rita Ann Higgins.



Jacqueline O’ Dowd & Marc Roberts


Mary O’ Sullivan, Suicide Prevention Officer, HSE


Fr Dick Lyng OSA


Rita Ann Higgins - Poet


Console Team Marie Whyte ( Director of Counselling Galway ) Margaret Tierney, Director of Human Resources & Volunteers with Mary O’ Sullivan, HSE


Church Candle Lit


Jacqueline O’ Dowd

CONSOLE Conference 2006

The Annual CONSOLE Conference was held in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Lucan, Co.Dublin on Friday the 22nd of September.

The theme of this years Confeerence was: Suicide Prevention “ Protecting the Family of Tomorrow “

The Conference was a great success with over 500 people in attendance.

This year’s speakers included the following;
  • Mary Harney T.D, Minister for Health and Children
  • Gareth O’ Callaghan, Broadcaster and Author
  • Dr Tony Bates, Executive Director of NCYMH – Title: Saying it through Self-Harm – What our children are trying to tell us.
  • Professor Carol Fitzpatrick, Child and Family Psychiatrist, Mater Hospital, Dublin. Title: Depression and Suicidal Behaviour in young people. – How Families Can Help ?
  • Dr Justin Brophy, Consultant Psychiatrist, Newcastle Hospital, Greystones, Co.Wicklow. Title – Disarming the enemy within – understanding and responding to the role of alcohol and substance abuse in suicide.
  • Derek Chambers – National Office for Suicide Prevention. Title- Suicide – It’s Everyone’s Business.
  • Ruairi Mc Kiernan and the team from SPUNOUT the National Youth Website. Title – Making a Difference. www.spunout.ie
Presentations


Derek Chambers, NOSP


Andrew Garvey, Chairman Console, Bernadine Nic Giolla Phadraìg and Gareth O'Callaghan


Dr Justin Brophy and Andrew Garvey, Chairman Console


Spunout Team


Ruiari Mc Kiernan, Director of Spunout


Prof Carol Fitzpatrick


Dr Tony Bates


Mary Harney TD, Minister for Health & Children and Siobhan Mc Ardle, Console


Marie Whyte, Console, Derek Chambers, NOSP, Caroline Lennon-Nally, HSE, Siobhan McArdle, Console


Maeve O' Sullivan,RAPID, Lise Alford, 3T's, Josephine Quinlan, Console and Samantha Mc Garry, Console.


Spunout Team


Console Galway Counsellor’s

NOVEMBER 2006 - Galway
The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development Western Region recently held an Evening of Entertainment with all proceeds going to CONSOLE - Bereaved by Suicide Foundation, Galway The amount raised on the night was €5,500.00. THe event was sponsored by BUPA Ireland Ltd

Console launches a new service in Clondalkin

Console has launched a new Counselling, Support and Outreach Programme in Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

The service is located on the Monastery Road and Neilstown / Rowlagh. Telephone: 01 4595463 or Freephone 1800 201 890

Tanaiste Mary Harney, TD, Minister for Health and Children launched the service during the Clondalkin Mental Health Awareness Week on the 5th of May.

Following the success of the launch Console will host a Suicide Prevention Conference in Clondalkin entitled “ Protecting the Family of Tomorrow “ on Friday the 22nd of September in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin 20.( Click here for further details )

A memorable year for Console and its supporters


"A Life 2 Live 4" DVD Launch

President Mary McAleese Patron of Console recently launched the Console Suicide Prevention DVD program entitled "A Life 2 Live 4". This DVD is intended for counsellors, group facilitators, schools and colleges where the issues of suicide and suicide bereavement are being addressed. The DVD is accompanied by a booklet of guide lines for teachers and counsellors who are using the DVD as an Educational Resource. The DVD and booklet are designed to raise awareness of positive options in relation to mental health as well as to heighten understanding of the impact of suicide on bereaved families and friends.


Console Counselling Staff; Liam Sheridan, Alison Mc Grann, President McAleese, Josephine Quinlan


Gareth O'Callaghan (Broadcaster & Author) with President Mary McAleese


Dr. Tony Bates with President Mary McAleese

Console Outreach Programmes

Tanaiste & Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, TD, recently attended the Console Community Outreach Training Programme in All Hallows College.


Tanaiste Mary Harney, TD, Josephine Quinlan (Counselling Co-Ordinator, Console), Alison Mc Grann (Counselling Psychologist, Console) and Michael Egan (Director of Living Links)


Group participation at Outreach Programme


Tanaiste Mary Harney, TD, speaking at Console Outreach Programme

Console Christmas Celebration of Light - All Hallows Chapel

Console hosts its annual Christmas Celebration of Light to commemorate the many lives lost through suicide in Ireland. Families of those who have been bereaved through suicide attended this special ceremony, which included reflections from Gareth O'Callaghan (Broadcaster & Author) and Christy Kinneally (RTE). Music was provided by Frances and Mary Black, Mary Coughlan and Acabella.


Brian Kennedy (Singer/Artist)


All Hallows Chapel


Acabella


Mary Coughlan, Frances Black and Mary Black

Console Mid-Summer Fest Concert

The CONSOLE Annual Mid-Summer Fest Concert was held on Saturday the 24th of June in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

The event was an overwhelming success with people travelling from the length and breath of Ireland to support the work of CONSOLE.

The Concert was “sold out“in advance and those lucky enough to secure a seat were treated to a most memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment.

The following artist’s performed on the night;

Moya Brennan ( Clannad )
Frances Black
Mary Coughlan
Charlie Mc Gettigan
Café Orchestra
Acabella
Fergal o’ Murchu
Jacqueline O’ Dowd
Gardiner Street Choir

The Concert was hosted by Mary Kennedy RTE with contributions from Chirsty Kenneally, Author and Broadcaster. The Concert was Directed and Produced by Yvonne Crotty and the Musical Director was Seamus Brett.

CONSOLE wish to thank all those who supported this special event and look forward to your company again in June 2007.


Acabella


Mary Kennedy (RTE), Freeda McHugh (Console) and Andrew Garvey (Console)


Mary Coughlan and Andrew McGarvey (Console)


Andrew Garvey (Console), Charlie McGettigan and Freeda McHugh (Console)


Console Counsellors Siobhan McArdle and Nicola Hennessy


Christy Kenneally (Author and Broadcaster) and Andrew Garvey (Console)


Frances Black, Andrew Garvey (Console) and Freeda McHugh (Console)


Moya Brennan (Clannad) and Andrew Garvey (Console)

Console National Conference - Suicide Bereavement - Responding in the Aftermath - All Hallows College

Consoles National Conference entitled "Suicide Bereavement - Responding in the Aftermath" was held in All Hallows College in September. The conference speakers included Gareth O'Callaghan (Broadcaster & Author), Dr Justin Brophy (Consultant Psychiatrist), Dr. Brian Farrell (Dublin City Coroner), Prof. Kevin Malone (Consultant Psychiatrist and Scientific Director of The 3T's), Fr. Aidan Troy CP, Catherine Brogan (Acting Director of Mental Health and Addiction in HSE South Western Area), Mr. Barry McGale (Suicide Awareness Coordinator for WHSSB) and Sr. Margaret O'Sullivan RSJ (Seasons of Growth Co-ordinator)


Siobhan McArdle (Console Counsellor)


Andrew Garvey, Dr. Justin Brophy, Gareth O'Callaghan


Geoff Day (Director of National Office for Suicide Prevention), Yvonne Crotty (Console), Fr. Aidan Troy, CP

Console Fundraising at Boston Scientific - Galway

Console fundraising efforts by the employee's of Boston Scientific exceeded all expectations enabling Console to open the much needed centre at 26 Bowling Green, Galway. Without their help it would not have been possible for Console to offer this essential service for the West of Ireland.
On behalf of Console we wish to thank everyone at Boston Scientific for their efforts and contributions. Click here to read the letter to Galway Employees from Gareth of Callaghan (Leading Broadcaster & Author).


Employee's at Boston Scientific - Galway

Console publications - Now Available


"A Life 2 Live 4" - Suicide Prevention DVD

"Console's video takes a sensible and sensitive approach to the difficult issue of suicide and those who have been bereaved by it. People explain not only how they have suffered but how they have coped. There's help to be found here, an best of all there's hope" - Olivia O'Leary (Broadcaster and Author)

Click here for ordering information and other Console publications