Darkness Into Light is on Saturday in Kilkenny

Darkness Into Light is on Saturday in Kilkenny
Sean Keane

Early on Saturday morning, Kilkenny Castle will be bathed in yellow by the OPW to coincide with Darkness Into Light (DIL).

The city will be a sea of bright amber as thousands of people travel the 5 kilometre route to help raise funds for Pieta House and to show solidarity with those who are going through a hard time or have been touched by suicide.

Darkness into Light is unique - An early morning social gathering which begins in darkness at 4.15am as people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. The event in Kilkenny will start and finish at the James Stephens Barracks (Newpark Gate).

“Darkness Into Light is truly unique. The sight of thousands of people in yellow t-shirts walking and running towards dawn is simply extraordinary. The event has really turned into an awareness campaign loved by Irish people everywhere. I’m encouraging everyone to get out and register, don’t let this event pass you by,” Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House said.

While Darkness Into Light raises much needed funds, it is also about awareness, solidarity and local communities. This year, Pieta House is asking those taking part to connect with others at the event.

Thanks to Warren McCreery Auctioneers, DIL has a pop up shop in 8 Market Cross shopping Centre (formerly Kosmos Acupuncture). This will be the last year you can register in person as by 2018 Pieta House aim to have all registrations cash free and online for security reasons.

So for this year, do come in and register in person and/or collect your T Shirt on Thursday or Friday from 11am to 5.30pm with a 5pm closure time on Friday.

Children up to the age of 12 go FREE but must register, if they want a T Shirt it will cost E3.50. Adults(18+) cost E25, Seniors/students & Unemployed cost E15.

Last year 5,000 participants joined together to share the message of hope in Kilkenny. St. James Stephens Barracks play a vital role in hosting such a large-scale event.

This year Captain Alan Rockett is enthusiastic about providing a well run event for all those taking part. This year the OPW have kindly agreed to Light up Kilkenny Castle yellow for the night.

The Kilkenny Gospel Choir under the baton of Fr Willie Purcell will be providing the dawn chorus.