County Clare rowed in behind Pieta House’s Darkness Into Light in large numbers as an estimated 7,000 participants took part in the charity event in the early hours of Saturday morning, Páraic McMahon reports.
Ennis had the biggest attendance with over 3,000 gathering at the Ennis Courthouse for the start of the walk/run at 04:15 this morning.
For its first time hosting a Darkness Into Light run/walk Miltown had over 600 people walking and running against the fight of suicide.
Clare Rose Ava Mahony officially launched the Kilrush stage which had 1,000 individuals taking part. Prior to the commencement of the action, music was provided by the Kilrush Folk Group which set the mood for all present.
A crowd in excess of 1,200 took part in Killaloe’s leg of Darkness Into Light. The East Clare village had merged with bordering Tipperary village, Ballina for the event.
Shannon hosted its first ever Darkness Into Light event with over 1,200 people located at the grounds of Wolfe Tones na Sionna at the starting line.
Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House, speaking after completing the Darkness Into Light walk paid tribute to all those involved in the morning’s activity. “This is what hope feels like, it’s knowing you are not alone, it’s knowing that the people around you understand and care. That is what hope is and thank you for giving it to all of us”.
Now in its seventh year, Darkness Into Light is one of the biggest charity events in the country with close to 80,000 participants nationwide. Sponsored by Electric Ireland, Darkness Into Light and Pieta House continue to brave the fight against suicide and it is only with the support of the people of Co Clare and beyond that they continue to do this.