Sunday 22 April 2018

Tens of thousands take part in 'Darkness into Light' walks across the country

Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Maria Walsh, Nicole Ryan and Maria O'Dea pictured at the annual Darkness Into Light fundraising event. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Deirdre Lawless and Fiona O'Connell pictured at the annual Darkness Into Light fundraising event in Marlay Park with Pieta House and Electric Ireland. Picture: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Linda Byrne and Laura Maszzucato pictured at the annual Darkness Into Light fundraising event in Marlay Park with Pieta House and Electric Ireland. Picture ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Mark Bolger, Vicky Weldon, Carla Bolger pictured at the annual Darkness Into Light fundraising event in Marley Park with Pieta House and Electric Ireland. Picture: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
The Dalton family pictured after the race at the annual Darkness Into Light fundraising event in Marlay Park. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson1
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture:©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture:©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Picture from the Waterford Darkness into Light walk @WaterfordDIL
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Over 150,000 people have taken part in the annual 'Darkness into Light' walks and runs across the country.

The symbolic 5km walk promotes suicide prevention and looks to tackle the stigma that leads people to the doors of Pieta House centres.

This year's 5km Darkness Into Light started at 4.14am.

The first international walk kicked off in Christchurch, New Zealand at 7.15pm GMT on Thursday and the last walk will be in Vancouver, Canada at 1pm GMT on Saturday.

The "unprecedented level of support this year" caused the organisation to run out of yellow t-shirts.

The events took place at 150 locations around the country. The largest gathering was in the Phoenix Park where 12,000 people gathered from early morning.

People were tweeting from event across the country from early morning:

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