Darkness Into Light
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Roscrea’s “Darkness Into Light “A Huge Success Story”
What an amazing success Tipperary’s first ever Darkness into Light walk held in Roscrea on Saturday last was. Organisers had hoped for 250 participants but in the event this was far exceeded as nearly 400 people put on the yellow t-shirt and set off on a 5km circular walk from the Scout Hall, Abbey Street at a little after 4am to commemorate those lost to suicide and to fundraise for Pieta House.
Paula Sutton, Lorraine Shaw, Valerie Guerins and June Murphy were delighted to participate in the “Darkness Into Light”fundraiser which took place in Roscrea recently.
The Scout Hall was busy from 3am registering walkers, handing out t-shirts and high-visibility jackets as well as much needed tea and coffee. By quarter to four both the Scout Hall and the adjoining Abbey Hall were abuzz with chat and anticipation. And then at 4am after a welcome from Paul McNamara, the Chair of Roscrea Joins Pieta, and a blessing from Father Lorcan the walkers set of down Abbey Street. After turning right onto Limerick Street and all the way up to Castle Street the road was a sea of yellow, a truly spectacular sight.
The much anticipated “Darkness Into Light”fundraiser in aid of Pieta House, Roscrea and the Pieta House initiative nationwide took place in the early hours of Saturday morning last in Roscrea.
Roscrea Road Runners got the run/walk off to a flyingstart.
The night was crisp, clear and chilly but the walking and good spirits kept everybody warm. As the walk continued over the railway bridge and turning right into Ashbury the horizon was growing lighter and the birds began their dawn chorus. Turning right and right again onto the Old Dublin Road the dawn was spreading her light as the walkers passed Roscrea’s famous Round Tower and Castle on their way back to the Scout Hall. The health and safety of the walkers was well looked after by the Roscrea Bikers who provided the marshalling, the Order of Malta, Civil Defence and Red Cross who were on hand for any emergency and the Guards.
Yvonne and Aerin Kelly participated in the Roscrea, Pieta House “Darkness Into Light” fundraiser
The welcome back at the Scouts Hall was fantastic with a breakfast to suit everybody’s taste, all of which were donations and organised so efficiently by the Scouts. The Scouts organisational skills and enthusiasm contributed greatly to the success of the dawn event in ways too numerous to list but Francis Minogue and his army of willing helpers deserve a big thanks.
Paul McNamara (Pieta House, Roscrea) presents Caoimhe Tierney with two tickets for “Westlife”. Caoimhe was up earlyon Saturday morning last to participate in the “Darkness IntoLight” fundraiser.
While enjoying breakfast and conversation in the Abbey Hall there was the opportunity to pause in front of the Pieta candles in the shape of the word HOPE and to sign or to leave a thought about loved ones lost to suicide on the Banner of Hope which by the end of the morning had hardly any space left. Paul McNamara thanked everyone for coming out at such an hour and all the donations of food and drink. The work of Pieta House in providing help and support for those affected by suicide and self- harm is invaluable. He also spoke of how it showed the commitment of the community to respond to suicide by the way so many groups and individuals had been in making the event possible before announcing that the Darkness into Light had raised an incredible €8,000. Paul introduced Ray Wallace from Pieta Mid West who enthusiastically praised all involved and looked forward to next year’s event. Joan Freeman, the founder and chief executive of Pieta House, speaking at the Phoenix Park Darkness into Light spoke of the long-term aim of having a Pieta House centre no more than 100km from any one in Ireland, a thought that Roscrea Joins Pieta could not agree more with.
And with that the crowd began to make their way home, a little tired maybe but happy in the knowledge of having been involved in something so powerful.
The organisers of the Darkness into Light would like to thank the following sponsors: Stapleton’s Bakery, Derrykeane Foods, Templetuohy Foods, Drennans Butchers, Main Street, Gleeson’s of Borrisoleigh, Supervalue, Tesco, Flavanan’s, Freshfields and Pat Carroll, the Nest Box.