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Thousands set to walk & run from Darkness into Light in Clare

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Thousands of Clare people are to walk and run from darkness into light in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Ennis Courthouse is the start and finish point for the walk in the county town. Participants are asked to arrive at 03:45 and are advised to use car parks by Abbey St and Shiels Garage. Ollie Mullooly and the Ennis Gospel Choir will be providing music before the start.

Paul Whitmore is part of the committee behind the event in Ennis and told The Clare Echo how powerful Darkness into Light has been over it’s nine years in Ennis. “Losing a loved one to suicide brings with it unimaginable pain, torture and grief. People feel helpless, powerless and at a complete loss. The Darkness into Light walk is an uplifting and emotional experience, but it is also something tangible that you can do, as the money raised goes towards the suicide and self-harm prevention service that Pieta House provides.

“Sadly, suicide continues to be an issue for so many families in Ireland and we know the work that Pieta House do continues to be of vital importance in helping to create a brighter future for people in their hour of need. The event is about bringing light and hope to people and we hope people will feel empowered and enriched by the experience”.

From 4:15am on Saturday morning, men, women and children will walk, jog or run the 5km route in Sixmilebridge, Shannon, Killaloe-Ballina, Ennis, Miltown Malbay and Doolin, finishing as the sun rises.

If you are one of the thousands in Clare taking part, send us your photos via email to / Facebook The Clare Echo / Twitter @ClareEcho / Instagram The Clare Echo.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ,, A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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