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In Pictures: Hundreds gather for Rathdowney’s Darkness into Light event

Hundreds gathered in the main square in Rathdowney this morning for the annual Darkness into Light event.

The annual 5km walk/run fundraising event – held in venues all over the world – was once again a huge success raising huge money and awareness for Pieta House.

Despite the early hours, people were in high spirits and eager to take part and enjoy the event.

Last year €10,000 was raised by walkers and runners in  Rathdowney last year, and it is hoped the same or an amount surpassing this will be earned at this year’s event.

Pieta House’s flagship fundraising awareness event takes place in over 180 venues in Ireland and around the world.

Funds raised from Darkness Into Light help keep Pieta House’s counselling services free to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm, and those bereaved by suicide.

LaoisToday went along to capture some photos in The Square in the early hours.


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LaoisToday's main photographer Julie Anne Miller is a graduate from GMIT. Despite her young age, Julie Anne has years of experience in the food industry. She has worked in Tynan's at the Storeyard in Portlaoise, Ballymaloe House in Cork and Beach Point Country Club in New York. She has also contributed a food column to the Irish Country Living section of the Irish Farmers Journal. She's willing to talk about anything - except football!