Darkness into Light 2018 launch tomorrow

Darkness into Light 2018 launch tomorrow


Darkness into Light Ennis 2018 will be launched tomorrow night (Wednesday) at the Sonas Centre on Chapel Lane at 7.30pm

Darkness into Light is a movement against suicide. Money raised helps keep Pieta House’s life-saving services free and helps us broaden our services so that we reach those who need us. This year Pieta House opened a new suicide bereavement support counselling service in Ennis.

Up to 3,500 people are expected to participate in the Darkness into Light 5k walk in Ennis again this year. Darkness into Light was first organised in 2011 with 550 participants and it has grown each year to the extent that Co Clare now has multiple venues – Shannon, Sixmilebridge, Killaloe and Doolin.

Cllr Mary Howard is part of the organising committee and she said: “Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded by Senator Joan Freeman in 2006, Pieta House provides a face to face therapeutic service that is free of charge for people in the acute stages of distress.”

Pieta House provides bereavement counselling, a suicide bereavement liaison service plus the free 1800 247 247 number that is available 24 hours a day.

Pieta House has opened an outreach centre at Chapel Lane and for those wishing to make an appointment with our counsellor there the number is 061 306792

Paul Whitmore who is Chairman of the Ennis organizing committee said “that Pieta House’s vision is that suicide, self-harm and stigma is replaced with hope, self-care and acceptance. Over 30,000 people have been through the doors of Pieta House since 2008 and we look forward to welcoming you all on May 12th. The meetings have been had, the posters are up and the registrations have been hopping.  Darkness into Light 2017 kicks off at the Courthouse in Ennis at 4.15am on Saturday  May the 12th”

It is important to stress that there will be no registration available on the night. All registrations will be made on-line at dil.pieta.ie concluded Cllr Howard.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.