An estimated 2,500 people watched the dawn come up as they walked through the streets of Wexford together for the annual Darkness into Light' fundraiser in aid of Pieta House.
'About 1600 people registered in advance but we had at least 2,500 turn up on the morning', said chief organiser Liam McCabe who has co-ordinated the Wexford town event for the past three years, having previously run it for two years in Enniscorthy.
'It was a lot bigger than last year and a lot of people said it was a nicer atmosphere because most people walked and there was a great sense of togetherness along the route'.
The walk set off from St. Joseph's Community Centre where D.J. Lee Hynes played music in the hall and complimentary tea and coffee courtesy of O' Brien's Cafes, were served to the participants who represented all age groups, the youngest being babies in buggies.
They walked past Clonard Retail Park towards Lidl and Clonard Church, down Summerhil to Talbot Green and along St. Aidan's Crescent back to St. Joseph's, enjoying a multi-coloured sunrise sky along the way.
Back at the centre, the Pot Belly Cafe treated everyone to tasty bacon baps sponsored by O'Neills dry cure bacon and Walsh's Bakery baps while bottles of water were supplied by Londis.
Liam thanked everyone who took part and also the Order of Malta, the Gardai, Coastguard and Wexford Marine Watch which supplied stewards and vehicles as well as all the shops and restaurants which donated gifts which will be raffled in St. Joseph's Community Centre next Monday night.
The Wexford Darkness into Light walk was part of a symbolic global event involving an estimated 250,000 people which raised money for Pieta House which provides suppport for people who are in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.