Breaking: Darkness into Light returns to Thurles on May 12th with the hope of adding to the 2,000 participants from last year

Darkness into Light

Pictured at the launch of Thurles Darkness into Light are Thurles organisers with Chairman Jonathan Gleeson (second from right).

€35,000 was raised for Pieta House as participants left from The Dome at Semple Stadium to journey through the streets of The Cathedral Town.

Pieta House’s flagship awareness walk/run, Darkness Into Light, will take place in 180 locations across Ireland and all over the world this year.
Last year 150,000 people woke up early to walk or run from the darkness into the light. 2018 heralds the 10th anniversary of this terrific event and it’s 2nd year in Thurles.
The Rotary Club of Thurles have once again joined forces with Pieta House to assist in running the event locally this year.
Speaking on behalf of the Rotary Club and Chairperson of the event in Thurles, Jonathan Gleeson said:
“Darkness into Light is a now a global movement and a hugely successful fundraiser for Pieta House. We were overwhelmed with the support received on our maiden voyage last year in Thurles. Over 2,000 turned up for the event and we were thrilled to see almost €35,000 raised for Pieta House.
“We would like to remind everyone that there will be no T-Shirt collection points this year; instead after you register online, the T-Shirts will be posted out. We hope to welcome an even bigger crowd this year and we encourage everyone to get up early on May 12th to support this terrific cause”.
Darkness Into Light (DIL), will start in the early hours (4.15am) of Saturday 12th May, from the Dome at Semple Stadium, on a 5km route around Thurles, while the dawn is breaking.
Jonathan is urging everyone to “register for this year’s event at, and please ‘like’ and ‘share’ the local Facebook page” (
Details on this year’s route will be announced soon as it had to be changed slightly due to ongoing roadworks through the town of Thurles and its approaches.

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