Darkness into Light

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Darkness into Light is an annual walking event and fundraiser held, primarily, across the island of Ireland.[1] Participants meet before dawn (4.15am) on a particular Saturday in May and walk or run for 5km to meet the sunrise.[2][3] Founded in 2009 by psychologist Joan Freeman as a fundraiser in the Phoenix Park for Pieta House suicide prevention and counselling, 400 attended the first event while the 2017 event was attended by an estimated 150,000[4][5] - 200,000[6] participants at more than 150 locations.[5] Similar events occur in Australia and New Zealand, Asia and North America.[1][4] The Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended an DIL event in Toronto in Canada during a state visit there in 2017.[6][7] The fundraising event has risen from 400 participants, an its inauguration in Dublin 2009, to over 200,000 throughout global 150 locations in 2018.[8]


The entrance fee and donations are donated to various charities across the world usually related to suicide prevention and awareness, primarily to Pieta House.


  1. ^ a b Ruxton, Dean (7 May 2016). "'More than 120,000' take part in Darkness into Light walk". Irish Times. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  2. ^ Pollak, Sorcha (9 May 2015). "Thousands take part in Darkness into Light walks worldwide". Irish Times. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Pieta House event shows light at end of darkness". TheJournal.ie. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Thousands take part in 'Darkness into Light' fundraising event". RTÉ News. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Here are some of the images from the Darkness into Light event". BreakingNews.ie. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b O'Regan, Michael (9 May 2017). "Taoiseach had 'neck' to go on Canadian Darkness into Light walk, says Senator". Irish Times. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Pieta House founder surprised Enda Kenny had 'the neck' to take part in Darkness Into Light". BreakingNews.ie. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  8. ^ "About Darkness Into Light". Darkness Into Light. Retrieved 2019-05-07.

External Sites[edit]

Official website