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Monday, 8th May 2017

Darkness into Light gets brighter each year


Emerging home from the dark on Saturday moringn during the “Darkness in to Light” run on Saturday morning. Photo: Sam O'Neill.

By Andy Spearman

First of all a confession. On Saturday last, Saturday May 6th 2017, I didn’t wake until almost 9.00 am. Which is a shame because I had planned to be up about five hours earlier to cover the Pieta House “Darkness in to Light” run/walk which got underway at 4.15 am at the O'Raghallaighs Gaelic Football Club on the North Road.

So, it was great to get an email from Sam O' Neill with some excellent photos attached. By all accounts the Drogheda run attracted more runners than either of the two previous years so hopefully that will translate into more funds for Piet and its important work of raising awareness and bringing people together to bring about a suicide-free world.

Darkness into Light (DIL) is Pieta House’s flagship annual fundraising and awareness event. It started with approximately 400 people in the now iconic yellow DIL T-shirts walking the 5km course in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in 2009. This year there were roughly 150 DIL venues across Ireland, including Drogheda, and worldwide.

Pieta House was founded in Lucan, Co Dublin, in 2006 and now has services right across Ireland. Pieta offers free counselling to those suffering from suicidal ideation, those who have been bereaved by suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm. Staff are fully qualified and provide a professional one-to-one therapeutic service. For more information visit the Pieta House website.

Thanks for the photos Sam, you saved the day!

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