Baltinglass welcomes the dawn
CLOSE to 800 people participated in Darkness into Light 2018 in Baltinglass, in aid of Pieta House.
The town was bathed in candlelight from 4 a.m. on Saturday morning as walkers and runners of all ages wove through a 5km route from Weaver Square in the town centre to Green Lane and back into the town again.
‘It was a great loop, very flat and accessible, which is what we had in mind,’ said committee member Úna Cosgrove-Hanley.
‘We had participants of all ages and abilities as well as up to 50 stewards and volunteers who ensured that it ran smoothly,’ she added.
Many businesses opened up early serving hot drinks, some of which supplied them free of charge and accepted donations in aid of Pieta House.
Others donated water and fruit for the hundreds of walkers and runners.
‘We had such great support from the community and many of the businesses, particularly The Perch Café which supplied a premises to us for meetings as well as wifi. We had the local school, Venture scouts, Red Cross and Civil Defence helping out on the day so it was a real community effort,’ Úna said.
AND THEY’RE OFF!: Darkness into Light gets under way in Baltinglass.
Mary Dowling, Lorraine Dowling, Laura Hennessy and Nicole Hennessy.
Sylvia O’Neill, Gavin Farnen and Pam Nickeson.
Alice, Kathleen and Breda Byrne.
Stephen and Jamie Burke.
Jackie Kinsella with Lauren and Barbara Keogh.