Wednesday 22 May 2019

Thousands expected for Darkness into Light

Corey Whyte and fellow organisers of the Sligo Darkness into Light at the recent launch of the May 11th event
Corey Whyte and fellow organisers of the Sligo Darkness into Light at the recent launch of the May 11th event

Last year thousands of people took part in Darkness into Light throughout county and there are huge crowds expected once more as the annual walk for mental health takes place on Saturday, May 11th. The walk begins at 4:15am.

Every year the event gets more and more popular and organisers Pieta House, sponsored by Electric Ireland, are calling for as many people as possible to take part to promote positive mental health.

There are four events taking place with Sligo town, Ballymote, Banada and Dromore West all hosting their own 5k walks.

Darkness into Light will not only be held in Ireland, there are 19 countries worldwide all organising their own events.

The local launch for Darkness into Light Sligo took place last Thursday evening.

Now in its seventh year in Sligo, the funds raised in 2019 will go towards supporting the work of Pieta House in Sligo which has been offering free counselling services to those in need.

Speaking about the event and the walk route chairperson Anne Tully said: "Over the last number of years, Darkness into Light has grown enormously with over 200 venues due to take place in 2019 in over 19 countries. Sligo was an integral part of that growth as one of the first areas to embrace it.

"We are thrilled that the feedback on last year's new route was so overwhelmingly positive, the walk will again progress through Sligo town centre and along the Garavogue river as the sun begins to rise."

The event attracted over 4,000 people in Sligo town alone last year. Speaking about what encourages people to awaken for such an early event PRO Corey Whyte said: "Darkness into Light is a truly unique community event which has grown year on year thanks to kindness and compassion of the people of Sligo.

"The event is a wonderful mix of emotions culminating in an amazing display of solidarity with those who have experienced loss through suicide or people who may be dealing with mental health issues.

"It advances the conversation about mental health and the show of support lets people know that is it okay, not to be okay," he added.

Anyone who wishes to register or find any further information can do so at

Sligo Champion