1,600 early risers at event in En­nis­cor­thy

Enniscorthy Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

AS the sun came up on En­nis­cor­thy, it brought with it a won­der­ful at­mos­phere of hope as over 1,200 peo­ple took part in ‘Dark­ness Into Light’. Yel­low t-shirts con­verged on the Rap­pa­rees/Starlights grounds at Belle­field from right across the En­nis­cor­thy District and fol­lowed the route, with can­dles light­ing both bridges in town in a poignant dis­play.

The En­nis­cor­thy event was one of sev­eral tak­ing place right across the coun­try in aid of Pi­eta House and or­gan­is­ers were over the moon with the at­ten­dance.

‘I’m re­li­ably told we had be­tween 1,200 and 1,300 peo­ple tak­ing part,’ said Maria Nolan, one of those co-or­di­nat­ing the event. ‘ This is an ex­cel­lent re­sult for our first year run­ning the event at Rap­pa­rees/Starlights and con­sid­er­ing there were sim­i­lar events in Wex­ford, Gorey and New Ross.’

While the at­mos­phere was amaz­ing as the sun came up on the walk­ers, jog­gers and run­ners, some peo­ple were dis­ap­pointed not to re­ceive their Dark­ness Into Light t-shirt in time. ‘We would like to thank all who turned up to walk for sui­cide and take this op­por­tu­nity to apol­o­gise to those who did not re­ceive their tee-shirts in time,’ Maria said. ‘I am at pains to point out that this had noth­ing to do with Rap­pa­rees/ Starlights GAA or our Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee, who did Tro­jan work for the event. This year, for what­ever rea­son, Pi­eta House de­cided to change the for­mat with peo­ple only al­lowed to reg­is­ter on­line and re­ceive their tee-shirts in the post. We will cer­tainly be speak­ing to and mak­ing our reser­va­tions on the new sys­tem known to them.’

The com­mit­tee also thanked the coun­cil, the gar­daí, Slaney Search & Res­cue, The Or­der of Malta, The Red Cross, En­nis­cor­thy Cy­cling Club, the Rapps/ Starlights So­cial Step­pers, the stew­ards, spon­sors and ev­ery­one who made it such a suc­cess.

Photo cour­tesy of Dee O’Leary

John Kenny, James Browne TD, Win­nie O’Con­nor, Edel Kenny and Conor Kenny.

Photo cour­tesy of Dee O’Leary

Or­gan­is­ers Martin Kir­wan, Pepi Coady, Brian Mor­ris­sey, Ja­son Sheri­dan, Ger McVeigh and Padraig Hall.

ABOVE: the O’Sul­li­van fam­ily.

Photo cour­tesy of Dee O’Leary

Terri Fo­ley, Ma­jella Mur­phy, Geral­dine Red­mond, Deirdre Cloke and Marie Mur­phy.

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