Congo veteran visits Davitt College Castlebar

Leaving Certificate pupils studying the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme at Davitt College, Castlebar, were privileged to welcome Capt Noel Carey (retd ) to their LCVP class recently. Capt Carey was on a visit to the west of Ireland from Cork where he resides with his wife Angela.

Capt Carey (74 ) gave an inspiring talk on his life experiences including serving with the Defence Forces Ireland in the 1960s and being taken prisoner in the Congo. He also spoke from the heart on ageism, noting that at times the elderly are voiceless and deemed ‘past it’. He encouraged pupils to respect and help older people and emphasised the importance of having grandparents and seeing them as true contributors to society. He also highlighted the real problem of loneliness among the elderly and retired, and encouraged pupils to check in on elderly relations and neighbours regularly and to participate in voluntary work in the community

Concluding his inspirational speech Capt Carey reassured the pupils that there is a path for everyone in life and, encouraging them to work hard, wished all a bright future.

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