1,500 attend Wicklow Darkness into Light
Over a thousand people from Wicklow town and surrounding areas took part in Darkness into Light in the early hours of Saturday morning in support of the global fight against suicide.
Up to 1,500 people gathered outside the Brass Fox at 4.15 a.m. for the start of the 5k walk.
The vision at Pieta House is to create a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance and Darkness into Light is vital fundraising event helping to keep their doors open.
The organising committee of the Wicklow event, which includes many members of the local Lions Club, had been planning this event since January , which help from students and teachers at Coláiste Chill Mhantáin.
Fitness trainer Laura Griffin provided with a warm-up before they departed.
Sean Olohan of Wicklow and District Lions Club said: 'Sincere thanks to Comhaltas Wicklow for the use of their premises and to Kevin and his staff in the Brass Fox for the very welcomed teas and coffees. Padraic Boyce provided background music and Wicklow Community Choir sang a selection of very appropriate songs for a very special occasion. Tony Lyons was compère and introduced Pat Brennan who recited a Darkness into Light poem and Geraldine Mooney who spoke on behalf of Pieta House. Thanks also to Wicklow Fire Service and the Order of Malta.'