THE countdown to Limerick’s biggest dawn walk in May is under way.
Munster stars Mike Sherry, Conor Murray and Sean Scanlon were among those lending their support to the Pieta House Darkness into Light walk.
Thousands are expected to take part in the event, which aims to raise funds and awareness for the local branch of Pieta House in Mungret.
The five-kilometre walk (or run) kicks off at 4am outside Thomond Park stadium on Saturday, May 11, and takes in a number of sites across the northside and the river.
The walk begins in darkness and concludes with the sun rising at dawn, in an effort to symbolise the moving from the darkness of depression, to the recovery.
Mayor Gerry McLoughlin - who has spoken about his own emotional pain in the past - will be among those taking part.
Pieta House runs 20 of these walks nationwide each year.
Limerick was only second to Dublin in terms of attendance last year.
He said this shows how Limerick people “are the kindest and friendliest in the country”.
“We are very blessed to have Pieta House in Limerick,” he added.
Hooker Sherry said he, Murray and Scanlon will attend the walk - if training schedules permit.
“Suicide is obviously a big issue: the more awareness we can raise the better. A lot of people have been affected by it,” he said.
He added he was confident Limerick can beat the Dublin walk’s attendance this year.
Registration for the walk is available online now at dil.pieta.ie. Pieta House volunteers will also be setting up stall in the old Ferguson’s Chemist on O’Connell Street for people who wish to register in person from Friday.
Also supporting the event were local rock band Hermitage Green.
Vocalist Darragh Graham said: “It is just a great cause, and a really prominent fixture at the moment. It is important to get behind it.”Registration for the Darkness into Light walk is available online now at dil.pieta.ie and Pieta House volunteers will also be setting up stall in the old Ferguson’s Chemist on O’Connell Street for people who wish to register in person. They will be there from 11am to 4pm every Friday and Saturday.