Darkness into Light – Glanmire, Cobh, Midleton and Youghal

By Claire O’Donoghue

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The approach of sunrise on Saturday 12 May, heralds the 10th annual Darkness into Light 5km Walks which will be taking place all over Ireland and in 12 international venues across the world. In East Cork, Darkness into Light events in aid of Pieta House will take place in Glanmire, Cobh, Midleton and Youghal. All walks will commence at 4.15am and follow a predetermined route. Participants are reminded that it is necessary for health and safety reasons that each person would bring a torch. There will be no registration on the day of the event so if you still have not registered, please do so now as time is extremely limited. Recommendations are that you dress warmly in layers. Some food and beverages will be available at all the finishing points. The start and end points for each event are as follows:

●Glanmire – Glanmire Community College
●Cobh – Cobh Heritage Centre
●Midleton – Market Green Shopping Centre
●Youghal – Aura Leisure Centre

All participants in Darkness into Light are advised to show up early to avail of the entertainment, ceremonies and speeches.

This year Glanmire and Cobh will be participating in the Honour Heart Ceremony before their Darkness Into Light event. The Heart Pins represent a participant's personal connection to suicide and self-harm. They enable DIL participants to connect with others who have a similar connection to the cause. Feel free to visit the Honour Heart tent on the night located at Glanmire Community College.
Midleton DIL will have plenty of entertainment for the enjoyment of all participants. People are advised to come early and be aware of parking restrictions, as only the overflow car park at Market Green will be open.
Cobh have a DJ to provide entertainment and some special guests. Parking available in the 5 foot way, adjacent to new playground. Cathedral car park will also be open.
The Youghal DIL committee similarly have great entertainment lined up at the beginning of the event and along the trail as well. They would like to remind everyone that you can register online right up to Friday.

It is estimated that for every one suicide, 135 lives are affected. In Ireland, there are 10 suicides a week, 2 females and 8 males, equalling an estimated 1,350 people every week touched by suicide.
Pieta House speaks with, and advises, an average of 84 people a day, ranging in age from mid-80's to just 5 years old. Each of these people have struggled with suicidal feelings, self-harming or bereavement. Pieta House can be contacted at any time night or day by calling 1800 247 247 or texting 51444.

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