Baltinglass wel­comes the dawn

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

Nuala Doody.

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