Friday 19 September 2014

Lighting the way for Pieta House

Brendan McCarthy

Published 17/04/2013 | 05:36

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Marie Carroll, Catherine O'Dwyer, Joan Freeman and Denis Carroll at the Darkness into Light 5km Walk/Run launch in Dromhall Hotel, Killarney, which will be held on Saturday 11th May starting at 4am. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

SUICIDE crisis centre Pieta House will open an outreach facility in Castleisland this year and all monies raised for the 'Darkness Into Light' fundraiser in Killarney next month will go towards its services in Kerry.

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That's according to Pieta House CEO and founder, Joan Freeman, when she addressed the official launch of the Darkness Into Light 5km Walk/Run in Killarney last Friday afternoon.

The event, now in its third year, has raised tens of thousands of euros and sees an ever-growing number of people, many of whom have been affected by suicide or self harm, walk or run through Killarney National Park as dawn is breaking.

Speaking at the launch in the Dromhall Hotel, Joan Freeman said she was delighted to be present in person to pay tribute to the hard-working people that organise the Killarney Darkness Into Light event each year.

Ms Freeman said preparations for the Castleisland facility were well advanced with staff currently undergoing training in the Limerick Outreach Centre. She founded Pieta House a decade ago in response to increasing levels of suicide in Ireland and the Darkness Into Light event, which this year will take place on May 11, is the organisation's main fundraiser.

"The good news is that we are coming to Kerry and we will be in Castleisland by the end of the summer. And, every penny that has and will be raised in Kerry is for the people of Kerry. We are so delighted to be able to do that," Joan Freeman said.

This year's Darkness Into Light Walk will take place at 4am on Saturday morning, May 11. For details about Pieta House services or to register for Darkness Into Light go to


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