Killarney strolls on in memory of Nathan

Shining a light: Niamh Clifford, Leanna O’Brien, Clare O’Meara and Noreen McDonnell taking part in Nathan’s Walk.
Picture: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

KILLARNEY kept a light shining in the darkness this morning in memory of a popular local teenager whose memory lives on over 13 years after his tragic passing.

The O’Carroll family, organisers of Nathan’s Walk, from left, Aaron, Damien, Marie, Denis, Ryan and Killian. Picture: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

Nathan’s Walk – the annual Darkness into Light event in memory of Nathan O’Carroll from Ross Road – attracted a big crowd who strolled out in their own bubbles and in strict adherence to social distancing requirements.

Finishing Nathan’s Walk, Darkness into Light at Ross Castle, were Geraldine, Aodhan, Caoimhe, Sadhbh and Gary O’Halloran.
Picture: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

The fundraisers generated donations for Pieta House and it will give the gift of hope to those impacted by suicide and self-harm.

Nathan was just 14 years of age when he died on December 16, 2007 but his memory has been kept alive every year by several hundred people who turn out to support the fundraiser.

Stephen Fleming and Tara Nagle watch the darkness turn into light at Ross Castle.
Picture: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

Every year, since 2011, hundreds of people set off in darkness through Killarney National Park but this year they were urged to join in the event by creating their own Darkness into Light challenge, whether it was walking, swimming, skydiving, running or cycling.

Carina and Malachy Audley and Kerry O’Sullivan shine a light.
Picture: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

Those that participated and too their own snapshots can share them on @nathanswalkdarknessintolight on Instagram or send them by WhatsApp to 087-9001135.

Lucy McCarthy pausing as the darkness turns to light at Ross Castle. Picture: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan