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Nathan’s Walk, Darkness into Light scheduled for early Saturday morning

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The longest-running Darkness Into Light walk outside of Dublin will take place in the early hours of Saturday morning a Killarney Racecourse.

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A successful night at live registration for the official launch of Nathan's Walk Darkness into Light at JM Reidy's ahead of Saturday's walk at Killarney Race Course were L-R Organiser Marie O'Carroll and Radio Kerry MC Brendan Fuller. Picture Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

A successful night at live registration for the official launch of Nathan's Walk Darkness into Light at JM Reidy's ahead of Saturday's walk at Killarney Race Course were L-R Bernadette Randles and Organiser Marie O'Carroll . Picture Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Official organisers and sponsors unite at JM Reidy's for the launch of Nathan's Walk Darkness into Light. Pictured from Left to Right were Cathal Walshe Kevin Ryan (Electric Ireland) Marie O'Carroll Olivia Callery (Pieta Campaigns Exec) Tracy Mongan (Pieta Volunteer Engagement Manager) and Audrey Ryan. Picture Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Paul Birtley registers at the official lauch for Nathan's Walk Darkness into Light at JM Reidy's on Tuesday evening ahead of this years walk taking place at Killarney Race Course on Saturday morning at 4:15am. L-R Paul Birtley Mary Doyle and Maggie McAuliffe. Picture Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Pictured supporting the official launch of Nathan's Walk Darkenss into Light on Tuesday evening at JM Reidy's ahead of this Saturday's walk at Killarney Race Course were Amelia Collins and Noreen Sheahan. Picture Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Pictured supporting the official launch of Nathan's Walk Darkenss into Light on Tuesday evening at JM Reidy's ahead of this Saturday's walk at Killarney Race Course were L-R Pat McAuliffe Alan Ryan Mike Downey and Cillian O'Carroll. Picture Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Pictured supporting the official launch of Nathan's Walk Darkenss into Light on Tuesday evening at JM Reidy's ahead of this Saturday's walk at Killarney Race Course were L-R Phil Kelliher Frank McCarthy Noel Leahy Anne Leahy Simone Leahy & Marie O'Carroll. Picture Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Pictured supporting the official launch of Nathan's Walk Darkenss into Light on Tuesday evening at JM Reidy's ahead of this Saturday's walk at Killarney Race Course were Pauline O'Halloran Catherine McMahon with Helen & Noel Brosnan. Picture Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Siobhan Whelan registers at the official lauch for Nathan's Walk Darkness into Light at JM Reidy's on Tuesday evening ahead of this years walk taking place at Killarney Race Course on Saturday morning at 4:15am. L-R Siobhan Whelan Mary Doyle Maggie MCAuliffe and Cathal Walshe. Picture Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Team Prendergast pictured supporting the official launch of Nathan's Walk Darkenss into Light on Tuesday evening at JM Reidy's ahead of this Saturday's walk at Killarney Race Course L-R Mags Rhea Aimee & Ciara. Picture Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

The official launch for Nathan's Walk Darkness into Light which took place at JM Reidy's on Tuesday evening ahead of this Saturday's Walk at Killarney Race Course attended by Pieta's Tracy Mongan (seated far left) volunteer engagement manager. Picture Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Nathan’s Walk, Darkness into Light 2023 raises funds for self-harm charity Pieta House.

It is named after Nathan O’Carroll who passed away tragically in 2007. His mother Marie has been organising the Killarney walk in his memory since.

The official launch took place on Tuesday night an Reidy’s on Main Street and was hosted by Radio Kerry’s Brendan Fuller.

The walk will start at 4.15am on Saturday morning at Killarney Racecourse. Participants will walk 5km through the National Park as dawn breaks to remember victims of suicide and to raise awareness.

Registration is also possible at the racecourse in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, the London version of Darkness into Light will take place at the same time from the Crown Hotel in Cricklewood. The London organising committee is headed by Aghadoe woman Tara Cronin.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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