Remembrance Tree opening

MEMBERS of the public are being invited to attach a ribbon for their loved ones to the Rotary Club of Dundalk’s Remembrance Tree during the festive season.

MEMBERS of the public are being invited to attach a ribbon for their loved ones to the Rotary Club of Dundalk’s Remembrance Tree during the festive season.

The tree will be officially launched with a special service at the redeveloped square in Dundalk’s town centre on Friday, December 16 at 5.30pm.

The Rotary Club of Dundalk in association with Dundalk Town Council are opening a Remembrance Tree to provide members of the public with an opportunity to treasure the memories of special people in their lives.

Members of the public can create their own personal ribbon of remembrance and have it placed on the tree in a colourful garland.

The public are invited to remember loved ones who have passed away, those suffering from illness or hospitalised at this time, families bereaved in tragic circumstances, victims of mental, physical or sexual abuse, the homeless and those living alone with no-one to care for them, family members in distant parts of the world whose absence is missed, immigrants unable to return home to their families, and people finding life difficult to cope with in these uncertain times.

There is no fixed charge for creating and attaching ribbons. Voluntary donations are welcome and all funds raised will go towards Rotary designated organisations and charities.

The organisations which will benefit include The Birches branch of Alzheimers Society of Ireland, the Society for Old and Under Privileged, and SOSAD, a support group established to raise awareness of suicide and break the stigma attached to it.

“The Remembrance Tree offers a moment of reflection and a time to remember loved ones in a special way,” said President of Dundalk Rotary Club Criona O’Reilly.

She expressed the hope that members of the public would visit the tree, attach their own personal ribbon of remembrance and make a voluntary donation to the local charities being supported.

“It would bring the true spirit of Christmas to light for many of the less fortunate in our local community,” said Ms O’Reilly.

The launch will include a short interdenominational prayer service with Christmas carols .The tree will remain open from 11am through to 5pm each day until Friday, December 23 after which a short thanksgiving will be held and the ribbons removed.