3 April 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Harps GAA Club are helping a suicide-awareness group Pieta House, to stage their annual ‘Darkness into Light’ 5km walk/run in Monaghan in the early morning of Saturday, May 10. ‘Darkness into Light’, which is in its sixth year, starts at 4.15am and sees the participants start in the dark and finish after the sun rises, symbolising the work done by Pieta House, leading people from despair to hope. The event had nearly 400,000 participants at 20 locations last year and will have 40 venues this time, including London and Sydney, with Monaghan hosting for the first time, starting and finishing at the Harps complex.

The Harps club hosted the launch night on Monday, with special guests including Ard Stiúrthóir Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Páraic Duffy, Monaghan senior and minor football managers Malachy O’Rourke and Frank Brady, senior players Conor McManus and Fintan Kelly, Monaghan County Board Chairman and Vice-Chairman Pádraig Sherry and Michael Owen McMahon, Councillors Séamus Treanor, Seán Conlon and Paul McGeown and Pieta House representatives Marie Peelo and Kieran Brady. Harps chairman Seán McKenna introduced speakers Marie Peelo, Malachy O’Rourke, Páraic Duffy and Kieran Brady.

The Pieta House representatives spoke about the work done by their organisation, which has opened six centres in Ireland since 2006, offering support and guidance for people with suicidal ideation. Malachy O’Rourke talked about the importance of remaining positive throughout …

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