The Shared Ireland team would like to offer you the opportunity to express your condolences to Fiona Donohoe and extended family members, on the sad loss of their beloved Noah. RIP
We would also like to take this opportunity and extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the relevant authorities, in particular the Search and Rescue services. These true heroes give their time on a voluntary basis and without monetary reward in many cases, putting their own safety in jeopardy. Sadly it’s not until we find ourselves in need of their services, do we fully appreciate and understand just what special people they really are.
To the people and community of North Belfast, sometimes words simply don’t feel adequate to convey our thoughts, gratitude and feelings – this is one of those moments! A young 14 year old boy was missing and this was the community’s only concern. The doors of the HUB on the Shore road were flung open. Community volunteers rolled up their sleeves and a very slick, sensitive, polished and professional operation swung into motion. The HUB was a base. It fed the Search & Rescue services – hundreds of volunteers and became a beacon that gave hope to all involved.
Our elected representatives from all traditions assented and the spirit of comradeship was in the air for all to see. Old differences were parked firmly at the door; their new joint mission was one of hope and compassion.
To the people in the greater Belfast area and across Ireland – you are magical. You wanted to help. You wanted to do anything that was required and you did. Delivery vans with hot and cold food arrived, donated from various cafes and restaurants. Individuals travelled to assist with the search for Noah. People from all walks of life, young, old and everything in between all joined in a common bond to reunite a missing child with his Mother.
You don’t have to be a parent to understand grief like Fiona Donohoe is currently experiencing. In reality, none of us will ever truly comprehend what she and the Donohoe family are going through. When a child goes missing, the world we once knew…well, it disappears and goes missing also.
You and I can use this opportunity to convey and express the love we all have towards Noah, Fiona and the wider Donohoe family. In the weeks, months and years that will pass – the messages of love and support we each write below will bring great comfort to the family and indeed to the wider grieving community.
Looking back over this past 7 days, one very obvious conclusion has become even more apparent. We all are capable of love. We all want to help. We all have compassion. We all feel sadness. We all are one big community. We all have hope. Let’s now embrace this energy, let this unbearable tragedy spark us as a people into even greater things as we unite as loving neighbours should do.
The entire Donohoe family have shown remarkable dignity in this unbearable time – their example will be an inspiration to us all.
We now encourage you to leave your own individual messages below.
Please share with your family and friends, so they also can leave a message of support.
Shared Ireland Team