Saturday 20 January 2018

1,400 take part in Darkness into Light

Some of those taking part in Darkness into Light walk.
Some of those taking part in Darkness into Light walk.

Organisers of the second annual 'Darkness into Light' walk for Pieta house claimed a new dawn for Enniscorthy at the weekend after persuading 1,400 participants to set their alarm clocks early. The bumper attendance enjoyed dry weather as they saw the sun coming up on Saturday morning while taking a five kilometre walk.

The event, run jointly by the Rapparees/ Starlights and Shamrocks GAA clubs, was conducted in the best of spirits, despite the unusual hour. The walk, with its reminder of how suicide has affected so many Irish families, has clearly struck a chord with many.

The Shamrocks' Father Murphy Park complex was filled with walkers and many were moved to tears as they left or read message recalling those who have lost their lives on the 'Darkness into Light' banner. The Enniscorthy outing was part of a phenomenon which attracted 80,000 around Ireland, with London and Sydney also taking up the challenge.

Pieta House representative Patricia Malone was high in her praise of the Enniscorthy organising committee of John Hendrick, Seamus Wallace, Aoife Earle, Áine Gahan, PJ Howlin, Tom Boland and Maria Nolan.

She hoped that the event will continue to grow in future years

Gorey Guardian

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