Huge crowds expected at Darkness Into Light event

Huge crowds expected at Darkness Into Light event

By Aideen O'Flaherty

THE annual Darkness Into Light event, which is a 5k walk that starts in darkness in the early hours of the morning through to dawn, to raise funds for suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta House, has reached full capacity in three local parks for this weekend.

A sea of people in yellow t-shirts will walk and run in two local parks, Tymon Park and Marlay Park, and in the Phoenix Park this weekend, with all three venues having reached full capacity for the upcoming walk, after people were encouraged to register online in advance.

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At the Darkness Into Light event in the Phoenix Park

The popular event, which first started as a single event in the Phoenix Park in 2009 with a modest turnout of 400, is now held in over 150 venues in Ireland and abroad, helping to fund the vital work that Pieta House carries out to assist those who are struggling with their mental health.

Over 200,000 participants are expected to take part in the event this year on Saturday, May 12, at 4.15am, where they will walk through the dark early hours of the morning before completing the course as dawn breaks.

Pieta House has services throughout Ireland, including Pieta House facilities on Chapelizod Hill Road in Ballyfermot, on the Lucan Road in Lucan and a newly opened branch in the Greenhills Retail Park on the Greenhills Road in Tallaght.

As reported in The Echo, the Greenhills Road premises will now house the administrative functions of the charity while also separately offering the full services of the charity, which are provided free of charge, seven days a week.

To contact Pieta House Dublin South in Tallaght call 01 462 4792, for Pieta House Ballyfermot call 01 623 5606 and for Pieta House Lucan call 01 601 0000 or visit the charity’s website at


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