Over 6,000 good humoured, people ran, walked or strolled their way around Kilkenny city at 4.15am this morning as part of Darkness Into Light (DIL).
They were led from the start of the 5km route at James Stephens Army Barracks by two former Roses of Tralee, Orla O'Shea, Kilkenny and Maria Walsh, Mayo.
And as the people returned from completing the route around the city centre and past Kilkenny Castle, (bathed in yellow for the event), they were warmed by the soulful music of the Kilkenny Gospel Choir, its leader Fr Willie Purcell and MC for DIL. former Kilkenny person of the year, George Candler.
It was the largest ever Darkness Into Light in Kilkenny and everyone from the little children to octogenarians like the amazing Eileen Little were in great form and were treated so we ll by the Defences Forces and in particular by Sgt Gary McCarthy.
Aurellia Mackin, chairwoman of Darkness Into Light in Kilkenny was full of praise for the people who got out of their beds to do the walk or run.
“The camaraderie and the sprit was wonderful and an inspiration to all of us of what we can achieve together,” she said.
PHOTO - Lorraine Hayden, Neans McSweeney and Edward Hayden after completing Darkness Into Light. Photo: Pat Moore.