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Celebrities take part in Darkness Into Light 2018

Ireland was busier than usual before sunrise of a Saturday this morning as thousands of people woke up before the sun rose to take part in Darkness into Light.

The annual event raises funds for Pieta House, a suicide prevention charity that does life-saving work.

People walk or run 5km at the same time as 180,000 other Irish people at over 140 locations throughout the country. Participants raise awareness for mental health difficulties, show solidarity with those going through a tough time and remember those who didn’t win their own battle.

With mental health difficulties being such a prevalent problem in Irish society, it was inevitable a few famous faces who’ve been affected in one way or another, and who wanted to support Pieta House, would join the fundraiser.

Eoghan McDermott took part in Darkness into Light in Bray with his sister.

The 2FM presenter tweeted, “Walked #DIL2018 with my sis @roemcdermott in beautiful Bray this morning. First time together. I think public awareness, empathy & ability to mobilise in support of each other has never been higher.”

“The government has to play it’s part now, been negligent for too long. Onwards x”

Suzanne Jackson joked that she “looked like a boy” as she headed off to the event.

The blogger turned businesswoman was layered up to protect herself from the cold.

She shared snaps urging people to be careful about the words they utter on her Insta stories after the event.

Rosie Connolly powered through the 5km with her soon-to-be husband by her side.

The blogger has always been very open about her struggles with anxiety and the tough times she’s gone through in the past.

Paul and herself set their alarms for 3am to take part in the moving morning.


Erin McGregor did 5k for the cause too.

She also wrapped up so as not to feel the pre-dawn chill.

The Dancing With The Stars contestant was on stage as the crowd sang songs together.

The Irish Women’s Rugby 7s team showed their support all the way from Canada.

Hannah Tyrell, who has spoken openly about her own struggles with mental health before, tweeted an aerial photo of the team members spelling “DIL”.

She said, “The @IrishRugby Women’s 7s team wants to wish everyone taking part in Darkness into Light tomorrow the best of luck! We’re supporting all the way from Canada ???????????? #DIL18 #DarknessIntoLight #pietahouse #mentalhealthmatters”

If you would like to donate to Darkness into Light you can do so here.


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