Darkness Into Light launch on Friday

The launch of this years’s Darkness Into light walk-run will be held on Friday, at 7pm in City Hall, High Street, Kilkenny

The launch of this years’s Darkness Into light walk-run will be held on Friday, at 7pm in City Hall, High Street, Kilkenny

Darkness into Light is Pieta House’s flagship fundraising event, now in its sixth year. It’s a 5km walk/run which begins in darkness at 4.15am on Saturday, May 10 and ends as dawn is breaking.

With 40,000 participants in 20 locations around Ireland last year, this year’s event will take place in locations including Kilkenny city where the walk will start and finish at James Stephens Military Barracks and be staged by the River Nore.

Pieta House’s founder and CEO Joan Freeman will attend the function on Friday which is being facilitated by the Mayor of the city, Cllr Martin Brett.

The walk will start at the army barracks, Ballybought Street entrance.

The-walkers-joggers, runners will turn left on to the Castlecomer road and turn right at the first roundabout and down New Road.

They will turn left just before Green’s Bridge and enter the Peace park and carry on by the bank of the river unto they come to John’s Bridge which they will across and immediately turn left on the Canal Walk. From where they follow the river until the end of the Castle Wall and turn right and up on to Castle road, almost opposite the Tennis Club. They will make their way to the Parade and continue up High Street, Parliament Street and turning right at Irishtown on to Vicar Street.

At Troysgate, the group turn right on to Green Street and after crossing Green’s Bridge continue along New Road turning right at the roundabout, down the Castlecomer road, turning left on to Ballybought Street where they will be met by an army of well-wishers.

Pieta House provides a professional, face-to-face, free of charge therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of distress. It’s primary aim is to reduce suicide by helping people get through that critical phase when suicide becomes a plan rather than an idea. Supermacs are coming on board this year to provide refreshments for those taking part.