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knock-2018-118A number of students from Scoil Mhuire travelled to Knock Shrine on Friday 11th May to attend the fifth anniversary Mass for Donal Walsh and to remember and give thanks for the legacy left by this inspirational young man.

Speakers on the day included Ian McKinley, who played rugby for Leinster before being forced to retire after losing the sight in one eye, Joe Schmidt, a New Zealander who is currently the head coach for the Irish rugby squad and Fr Philip Munryne, former Norther Ireland International soccer player, who played for Manchester United and Norwich City before becoming a priest in the Dominican Order.

Each speaker had a profound message. Ian McKinley told of how losing his sight seemed like the end of his career, but with perseverance and the support of good people he came through adversity to coach and to play rugby again. Joe Schmidt spoke of being thankful for the gifts we have and of using them to support others who need us, and of not comparing ourselves to others. Fr Philip told his story, on the surface a story of huge success, of dreams coming true as he lived the life many would love to have. However, there was an emptiness that all the success he experienced didn’t fill. He found fulfillment in his faith and in his prayer, which led him to the path of priesthood, where he has found happiness.

Fr Dermot Donnelly preached at the Mass, and his words outlined three levels on which each of us can live. The first is a basic survival, where we can exist from day to day in the mundane tasks. The second is at the level of success, where achievements and material things are what are important to us. The third level, and the one to strive for is the to live a life of significance, where we can make a real difference in the lives of others. Donal Walsh was a young man who lived his life on this level, and his words, his story, continue to inspire and give hope to others, and especially to young people.

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