Join the Darkness into Light 2018 campaign

 Maria Cooney, player of the match in the All-Ireland Club Camogie Championship Final in Clones, pictured here with brother Joseph Cooney and father Joe, are backing this year's Darkness into Light campaign.

Maria Cooney, player of the match in the All-Ireland Club Camogie Championship Final in Clones, pictured here with brother Joseph Cooney and father Joe, are backing this year's Darkness into Light campaign.

Pieta House’s flagship fundraising awareness event Darkness into Light celebrates its 10th year this May in more than 150 venues in Ireland and across the world.

Darkness Into Light began in 2009 when 400 people came together in Dublin’s Phoenix Park to raise awareness about suicide and self-harm. From these humble beginnings, Darkness Into Light has blossomed into a global movement against suicide and self-harm with more than 200,000 expected to take part on Saturday, May 12 this year.

This unique event begins at 4.15am as participants walk 5km routes around the world and finish as the dawn is breaking, journeying together from Darkness into Light. This will take place in 17 venues across Galway and County Galway. They will be held in An Cheathru Rua, Ballinasloe, Ballygar: Galway city, Clifden, Glenamaddy, Inis Meain, Inis More, Inis Oir, Inishboffin, Headford, Kinvara, Loughrea, Oranmore, Portumna Tuam, and Oughterard.

Pieta House CEO, Brian Higgins, is asking everybody to wake up and join him in support of families and friends affected by suicide and self-harm.

"All of our services are free, but the demand for them is ever-increasing. We all need to wake up to the stigmas that lead people to self-harm and into suicidal crisis, and to the doors of Pieta House, ” he says.

Registration for this year’s event is now open and will be exclusively online at www.darknessintolight.ie Community registration events will take place closer to the date; for updates find Darkness into Light on Facebook.

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