SLIDESHOW: Darkness Into Light a 'massive success' as 8,000 take to streets of Limerick

Ryan O'Rourke

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Ryan O'Rourke

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OVER 8000 people took to the streets of Limerick in the early hours of Saturday morning as part of the annual Darkness Into Light event.

The 5k walk was held to raise funds for suicide prevention charity Pieta House.

Walkers in Limerick gathered outside Thomond Park before embarking on a six mile trek around the city’s streets.

Those who did not have the chance to participate in this year’s event you can still donate at Darknessintolight.ie.

Kieran O’Brien is the Munster Events Regional Coordinator for Pieta House. He was delighted with the large turn out for this years Darkness into Light walk.

“It was a massive success. It was really great to see a sea of yellow, with everyone out in solidarity to reduce the stigma of suicide and self harm. I would like to thank all of our volunteers, supporters and communities that helped us,” said Kieran.

During this years walk, participants were treated to a pleasant surprise of a musical nature. 

Performing at King John’s Castle was the CLEF Choir. Director of the choir, Darragh Wynne lead the choir as they looked to add something special to this years walk.

“One of our members, Stacy, volunteers with Pieta House and she said they were looking to add something else to DIL to mark it's 10th year in Limerick,” said Daragh. 

So that's how the performance came about. We've been getting great feedback, I think a lot of people weren't expecting it so it came as a nice surprise,” he added.