Inspired by Donal

I recently heard this song on Mid West Radio.  Sung by P.J. Murrihy, Nathan Carter and Cherish The Ladies the song, “Don’t leave behind a broken heart”, is inspired by the life and death of Donal Walsh.  I have long admired Donal’s words and courage and the song served only to deepen that admiration. Thought it might be good to give the song an airing here just in case, like me, you had not heard it before.  Even if you did, listen again and allow Donal’s memory to spend a bit of time with you.

Donal’s Mountain Challenge (

I’ve grown fully in both body and mind by climbing God’s mountains

I live in a part of the world that is surrounded by mountains. I can’t turn my head without finding a bloody hill or mountain and I suppose those were God’s plans for me. To have me grow up around mountains and grow climbing a few too. And that’s exactly what I’ve done, I may have grown up in body around them but I’ve fully grown and matured in mind climbing his mountains.

He’s had me fight cancer three times, face countless deaths and losses in my life, he’s had my childhood dreams taken off me but at the end of the day, he’s made me a man.

I am always called brave, heroic, kind, genuine, honourable and so many other kind compliments, but I have to try and explain to everyone why I seem to reject them. I have never fought for anyone but myself, therefore I cannot be brave or heroic, I’ve only been kind because my religion has taught me so.

What impact could I ever make on the world if I was fake or how could I ever be honourable if I was not honoured to be here.

I am me. There is no other way of putting it, little old Donal Walsh from Tralee, one body, one mind with a few other cobwebs and tales thrown in.

I’ve climbed God’s mountains, faced many struggles for my life and dealt with so much loss. And as much as I’d love to go around to every fool on this planet and open their eyes to the mountains that surround them in life, I can’t. But maybe if I shout from mine they’ll pay attention.

If I start to accept these compliments, I’m afraid of what I’ll become. Will I be braver than YE? Will I be kinder than YE? More genuine than YE? Or more honourable than YE? Better than YE? No. I can never accept that there is a YE. We are all the same, we are all given one body, one mind. The only difference for me is that I’m looking from the mountain.


I have this on another post in the blog but might be good to include here again.  Have to say I admired Brendan O’Connor that night as well. I thought he did such justice to Donal and allowed him a powerful moment without interruption and with obvious respect.  Well done to both ….

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