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Edwina Nash and Dr Loïc Guyon with Alexandria’s father, sisters, friends and volunteers from Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention Edwina Nash and Dr Loïc Guyon with Alexandria’s father, sisters, friends and volunteers from Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention

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Emotional gathering in memory of Alexandria Fitzgerald raises funds for Sarsfield Homecoming Project

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Alexandria Fitzgerald memorial event was an emotional gathering which saw €1,605 donated to the Sarsfield Homecoming Project in her memory. Edwina Nash and Dr Loïc Guyon with Alexandria’s father, sisters, friends and volunteers from Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention.

“Belonging” event raises €1,605 for the Sarsfield Homecoming Project in memory of Alexandria Fitzgerald

Edwina Nash and Dr Loïc Guyon pictured at the presentation of a funds raised in memory of Alexandria Fitzgerald
Edwina Nash and Dr Loïc Guyon pictured at the presentation of a funds raised in memory of Alexandria Fitzgerald

Last Wednesday, 3rd July, an emotional gathering took place at the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare during which Edwina Nash presented Dr Loïc Guyon (Honorary Consul of France and Director of the Sarsfield Homecoming Project) with a cheque corresponding to the proceeds of the event that she had organised on 22nd May last in memory of Alexandria Fitzgerald, a student of Salesian Secondary College in Pallaskenry who sadly passed away in April.

The event, entitled “Belonging” was organised by Edwina Nash of Aurōra Healing in Kilcornan Co. Limerick to support teenagers and their parents in the area of mental health.

On the night, therapists Amanda Clifford and Louise Lynch gave talks on mindfulness and mental health wellbeing. Theresa Hogan of Salesian Secondary College shared a beautiful poem she had written in Alexandria’s memory.


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Dr Loïc Guyon gave a very insightful presentation on the Sarsfield Homecoming Project, for which Alexandria had developed a keen interest in the months before her passing – the project, which aims at locating and repatriating to Limerick the remains of Irish national hero Patrick Sarsfield, is now dedicated to her memory. The evening, which was also supported by the People’s Clinic, concluded with a surprise speech by Ciaran Carey.

The Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention team were in attendance and, after hearing Dr Guyon’s presentation of the project which was so dear to Alexandria, they decided to add the proceeds from the raffle held in their support to the proceeds of the whole event. A total of €1,605 was thus raised on the night for the Sarsfield Homecoming Project.

Upon receiving the cheque on behalf of Alliance Française Limerick, one of Limerick’s oldest not-for-profit organisations, who manages the funding for the project, Dr Guyon said, “I am very grateful to Edwina for having organised the Belonging event last May not only because of her decision to direct all the proceeds to the Sarsfield Homecoming Project, but also for the guidance which was given by experts during the event to parents and teenagers alike on how to cope with mental health issues, a major societal issue at the moment.

“I also wish to thank wholeheartedly the Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention for their generous contribution. It was good to meet with Alexandria’s family again for the occasion.”

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