21 May 2022

Longford Darkness Into Light team overwhelmed by goodwill

Longford Darkness Into Light team overwhelmed by goodwill

Over 1,350 people took part in the Longford Darkness into Light (DIL) Walk on May 7 and the organising committee, along with Pieta House, wish to thank everybody for their support.


 On behalf of the Longford DIL Team, Lorraine Manicle, said, “The generous spirit, goodwill and donations made this year’s walk an overwhelming success.”

The 2015 walk attracted 1,050 participants and Ms Manicle pointed out that the organisers were delighted with the positive support and feedback they received. 

“It was brilliant to see the energy generated on the night from everyone in The Mall (since renamed the Albert Reynolds Peace Park).  We hope that the walk would be symbolic, supportive, enjoyable, and most importantly a memorable occasion for all,” she remarked. 

Pieta House is a suicide crisis/self harm centre. It provides counselling service for people from all over Ireland free of charge who are affected by suicide. It is a non-profit organisation getting a small proportion (15%) of its funding from the Government but relies heavily on fundraising events and voluntary donations. 

All the funding raised from Darkness into Light is allocated to providing therapeutic services to people who are in suicidal distress and also their families. Pieta House can be contacted directly for an appointment in Lucan on 01 601000 or Tuam 093 25586 with no doctor referral necessary. ( People from Longford are availing of this service.

Pieta House together with The Darkness into Light Committee, Longford would like to thank the people of Longford for their support, donations, and those who sponsored the event by providing refreshments or services and many of whom also supported the 2015 DIL Walk:   

Sharon Tracey, Barry Hall and the Staff of the Mall Complex; McCarrick Brothers, Stonehouse Cash & Carry; Frank Horne, Marie Kenny and Staff of Longford County Council; Longford Civil Defence; The Midlands Motor Rally Club; The Midlands Motorcycle Club; The Community Garda Sgt. Lionel Mullally and Garda Paul Connelly;  

Ian Donoghue, Longford Town Centre; Green Apple Restaurant; Dunne’s Stores; Tesco’s Longford; Davis Supervalu Longford; Smyth’s SuperValu Ballymahon; Joe Byrne, Lough Forbes Service Station;  Nally’s Service Station Ballymahon; Herterich Artisan Butchers; Barney’s Bar & Restaurant; Cahill’s Champion Milk; McGrath’s Texaco Station; Jac-O-Bites Restaurant;  

Gala (Hanlon’s) Dublin Road; Centra Tarmonbarry; John McGuire, Bus Hire Granard; Cooneys Hotel, Ballymahon; Daybreak, Ballymahon; Fresh Today, Ballymahon; Ballinamuck Community Enterprise; The Longford Boyscouts; Longford Brownies; Longford Volunteer Centre; Shannonside Radio; The Longford Leader;  Longford Tool Hire; Shelly Corcoran Photographer; Spar Dublin Road; Fenelon’s Engineering; Mulleady’s Waste Management Ltd; Ulster Bank, Longford; Longford Rose (2015), Daphne Howard. 


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