1 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

The 2016 Monaghan Darkness into Light event, which took place last month, raised €45,000 for Pieta House.

Monaghan was one of many locations across Ireland that supported this cause and this year’s total is the highest the county has raised since it began participating in Darkness into Light three years ago.

The 5k walk and run was facilitated by Monaghan Harps GAA Club and approximately 30 people were involved in its organisation with around 2,500 people registering for this year’s event. One of the organisers, Sean McKenna, told The Northern Standard that Monaghan has raised over €103,000 over the three years for Pieta House.

“We are delighted with this year’s total and hope that next year’s event will be every bit as successful,” Mr McKenna commented.

On the night the Darkness into Light event took place, there was an opportunity for those participating to write the name of a loved one who had died by suicide on a label and hang it on a memory tree. This tree has since been planted in the Harps grounds alongside two others from previous Darkness Into Light events and all the names on it were put into a box that was buried under the tree.

Mr McKenna acknowledged the support shown to the event by Monaghan gardai, Monaghan Co Council and Monaghan Civil Defence.

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