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Excitement builds as Killarney gets ready to walk for Nathan

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Always one of the most eagerly anticipated mornings of the year, Nathan’s Walk, or Darkness into Light as the event is known nationally, will take place on May 6.

This will be the seventh annual Darkness into Light march in Killarney as the fundraiser continues to get bigger and more successful with each passing year.

The event is hosted by Marie and Denis O’Carroll who tragically lost their 14- year-old son Nathan to suicide in 2007. The aim is to generate much needed funds for the suicide and self-harm awareness centre Pieta House, while also raising awareness of an issue which has been all too frequently stigmatised in this country.

Darkness into Light started with approximately 400 people walking the 5km course in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in 2009. This year, there will be approximately 150 venues across Ireland and worldwide.

In 2016, over 130,000 people took part in the events.

Founded in Dublin in 2006, Pieta House now has services nationwide. Pieta offers free counselling to those suffering from suicidal ideation, those who have been bereaved by suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm.

Nathan’s Walk will start at 4.15am at the Killarney Race Course and participants are invited to walk, jog, skip or run the 5km route at their own pace.

The march begins in darkness and ends as the sun comes up and there’s sure to be another massive turnout for this symbolic event.

Speaking after the official launch which took place at the Porterhouse on Tuesday, Nathan’s mother Marie said the family were excited about this year’s walk.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” she said.

“We’re hoping for another great turnout.”

She also thanked The Porterhouse for making a wonderful job of hosting the launch and Senator/founder of Pieta House Joan Freeman, Kieran Brady and Kieran O’Brien (Pieta House Limerick) for attending.

Although it will be possible to register on the day, the organisers suggest signing up online at http://dil.pieta.ie/ before April 27 to save time and to get your official Darkness into Light t-shirt.

There will also be pre-registration at the Killarney Race Course on May 3, 4 and 5 from 5-8pm.

You should also bring proof of registration (either printed or on your phone) and arrive 30 minutes before the start time.
 


 
Above: Nathan’s Walk was launched at the Porterhouse, Killarney on Tuesday. The Darkness into Light walk will take place on May 6 from Killarney Race Course. Pic: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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