The Health and Wellbeing Committee of Fermoy GAA are organising the first ever Darkness into Light walk for Pieta House to take place in Fermoy.

Chairperson of the committee Martin Joyce, is encouraging the local community to attend. “Suicide and self-harm are serious problems, and we need to face them together. There is a great sense of community in the town of Fermoy, this is very evident in the numbers registered already. We have over 800 registered, we are still encouraging everyone in Fermoy and the surrounding areas, to come and join us on our first Darkness into Light,” Martin said.

Darkness Into Light began in Dublin in 2009 when 400 people came together in Dublin’s Phoenix Park to raise awareness about suicide and self-harm. From these humble beginnings, Darkness Into Light has blossomed into a global movement against suicide and self-harm, with over 200,000 people expected to take part on Saturday, May 12 this year

Speaking on the importance of the event, Pieta House CEO, Brian Higgins, said: “I want to ask everybody to wake up and join us in support of families and friends affected by suicide and self-harm. All of our services are free, but the demand for them is ever-increasing. We all need to wake up to the stigmas that lead people to self-harm and into suicidal crisis, and to the doors of Pieta House.”

This unique event begins at 4.15am on May 12 and participants will walk a planned 5km around Fermoy and the walk will finish as the dawn is breaking, journeying together from Darkness Into Light.

Registration for this year’s event is now open and will be exclusively online at