Liam O'Neill

I was devastated to hear about the death of Liam O' Neill recently. He was a great friend to me and to Making Waves. 

We have set up this page for people to share thoughts and stories about Liam (if anyone has photos they would be happy to share we will post them up). He was a well known and popular man. We are including an image obtained from the Evening Post from a feature Liam appeared in back in April.
This is a copy >  of a piece Liam wrote earlier this year for the Open Up project 
If you are interested in making a donation to Liam's memorial fund details are here
A copy of Torsten's speech at Liam's funeral and memorial service is available here



Posted on 03/10/2008 by Torsten Shaw


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  • i just read Liam's posting,and felt that i could so identify with much of it. I am very saddened to then find that he didn't make it, but I hope that his friends and family can take something from the fact that people like me read and understood (and took great comfort from) that we are not alone. My thoughts are with all of you who knew him. You should be proud.

    Posted by tara, 18/03/2009 6:57pm (9 years ago)

  • I have just finished reading Liam's story, which I found really powerful and moving. His life was not in vain as he sounds like he was a real inspiration to others....and will continue to be I'm sure.

    Posted by cait, 25/01/2009 12:13pm (9 years ago)

  • "Geeeezarhh!" Thanks for you. Liam was a brave man who tried to use his experience to help others. I remember when Liam first started working for NAG as a volunteer and we talked about our experiences and I found him immediately charming, open and a good laugh. We kept in touch often as friends and professionally and talk out our frustrations and we disagreed often, but, we knew we could be honest with each other and we liked each other which is a rare thing and a relief when it happens. I still can't believe I won't bump into him again. Very sad. I'll miss that twinkle in his eye that I think came from his care for people and his humility. I wish I had the chance to see him again and say goodbye. Because I can't, I'll do it here. Goodbye my friend, I enjoyed the time we had. If our paths cross again in another time, another place, I'll get a chance to walk a little more easily again for a while so we can forget our stumbling strides, take stock of how far we've come and enjoy the journey again in your good company. May you rest in peace brother.

    Posted by Matt Knight, 26/11/2008 12:58pm (9 years ago)

  • I met Liam once with Julie Cassidy and he and Julie were working away to help those isolated and in need.
    I do not claim to have known him but the dedication and loyalty he has shown are qualities that charities depend on.
    Beannacht De ar an Anam - Blessings of God on his soul.

    Posted by Gerry Molumby, 20/11/2008 4:51am (9 years ago)

  • I wish you love and light Liam, and hope that your story continues to be an inspiration. Julie x

    Posted by Julie Thorpe, 13/11/2008 12:58am (9 years ago)

  • Considered, cheerful forbearance and an ability to watch, wait, and most of all Listen to his fellow-travellers, however dull we might be - Liam was special in serving us and often put his own needs on the back-burner until such time as his turn came round again and he was able to move forward. This is very sad news for us all for we know for whom the bell tolls - but Liam is in safe hands with his maker and the struggle passes on to us to carry the well-lit flare that Liam bore so faithfully. God bless the memory of a rarely and unusually gifted man.

    Posted by Rodney Yates, 06/11/2008 12:52pm (9 years ago)

  • I was so saddened to hear that Liam had passed away. It was only a couple of months ago that he informed me of training sessions with making Waves. You were a truly special person and allways so encouraging to me and my friend Rose. Good night Liam, rest in eternal peace.

    Posted by Jennifer Thorpe, 27/10/2008 9:41am (9 years ago)

  • I only met Liam a few times, but each time, he always had a smile to share.
    Deepest sympathy is sent to his family, friends and colleagues.

    Posted by GALE CUTTS, 18/10/2008 9:50am (9 years ago)

  • Liam and I would often have highly energetic and enthusiastic conversations for exciting new ideas or projects that we thought might help improve things for people or we would jointly vent our anger at the system for causing some of the problems in the first place. He was always interested in what I had to say and always had something to add - we would tangent and spark off in so many directions that I am pretty sure we never really finished any one conversation. Having just read the beautifully written and expressive piece he wrote for Open up, I feel regret for the conversations we never had and now will never have.

    Posted by penny arnold, 16/10/2008 12:07am (9 years ago)

  • I worked with Liam when i first came to the Trust, what a guy!
    We shared endless cup's of tea and hours of exchanging life stories! (we did actually work too). I last worked with Liam on the NHS 60th Anniversary. I am sad in my heart that Liam is no longer with us, but I also know in my heart that he is in everyone of us that care. Bye- Liam & God bless you xxxx

    Posted by Sylvia Mccluskey, 15/10/2008 4:38am (9 years ago)

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