PHOTOS: Thousands Turn Out Again For Darkness Into Light Tralee

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Kerry Rose Breda O’Mahony cuts the tape to start the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

THEY came in their thousands again to CBS The Green for the third annual Darkness Into Light Tralee walk and once again the weather was ideal for the event.

From just after 3am they started to arrive for the Pieta House fundraiser which has raised tens of thousands over the past two years.

Organisers say they had around 2,000 registrations online but almost double that number showed up in a tremendous display of community spirit and compassion, sharing the Pieta House vision to create a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.

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After gathering at the school’s entrance on the Dan Spring Road, Fr Francis Nolan gave a blessing and Maureen Curtin read the Pieta House manifesto.

Aidan O’Sullivan of Darkness Into Light Tralee thanked all those who made the effort and contributed to Pieta House before¬†Kerry Rose Breda O’Mahony cut the tape at 4.15am to set the walkers off.

They returned as light was breaking to help themselves to coffee, scones and biscuits from Kirbys Brogue Inn and MJ’s Diner who fed the masses.

A fantastic event is done for another year with tens of thousands raised again for a great cause. Scroll down for photos…

Margaret Sheehan, Jack Greaney, Josh Greaney and Teresa Greaney who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Liz Lawlor, Maureen Murphy, Therese O’Brien, Fiona O’Shea, Audrey Moran, Eileen Moran and Jimmy Moran who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Patrick Spillane, Martha Spillane, Laura Kate Spillane, Katie Egan and Roy Egan who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Mary Murphy, Patrick O’Driscoll and Rachel Murphy who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Paul Butler, Catherine Barry, Noreen Leen, Una Collins and Denis O’Donovan from St Pat’s Castleisland, who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Students from St Pat’s and Presentation Castleisland schools who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Adam Ward and Clodagh Dooner with ‘Brax’ who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Hanna Ludgate, Robert Ludgatge and Marie Lynch who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Mary Rose O’Brien, Maryanne Coffey, Marina Holden, Kelis Coffey and Andrea Ward who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Teresa O’Shea, Sandra O’Flaherty and Kathleen Moriarty who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Shannon O’Shea and Geraldine O’Shea who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Bernard O’Connor, Michelle O’Connor, Joan Clifford and Seamus McCarthy who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Emma Fitzgerald, Alison Howard and Melissa Casey who took part in the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Part of the massive crowd at the start of the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

The team from Kirbys Brogue Inn/MJ’s Diner who supplied the refreshments after the Darkness Into Light walk at CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Participants set off on the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Participants set off on the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Participants set off on the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Participants set off on the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Participants set off on the Darkness Into Light walk from CBS The Green on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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