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Nathan’s Walk will be a little different this year

Nathan O’Carroll: His memory lives on in his hometown

AN important annual charity event in Killarney, which has generated thousands of euro for Pieta House, has been scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 8 but this year it will be run in accordance with social distance requirements.

The annual Darkness Into Light event – known locally as Nathan’s Walk – will be held in accordance with Covid-19 restrictions in place and the public has been asked to join in to give the gift of hope to those impacted by suicide and self-harm.

Nathan O’Carroll, from Ross Road in Killarney, was just 14 years of age when he died on December 16, 2007 but his memory has been kept alive as people from all over Kerry, North Cork and beyond descend on the town every year to support the fundraiser.

A tribute to Nathan O’Carroll at the start of the 2019 Darkness into Light walk in Killarney

Hundreds of men, women, teenagers and children – many with their dogs – hit the road in Killarney National Park in the early hours of the morning to raise funds for Pieta and to honour the memory of the popular local teenager whose memory lives on in his hometown.

The public has been urged to join in this year’s event in any way they can by creating their own Darkness Into Light challenge – walking, swimming, skydiving, running or cycling – and simply share their sunrise moment in their own unique way on in their own area and in their own pods.

To register, visit www.darknessintolight.ie select Kerry and then select Nathan’s Walk and that will ensure the funds raised locally will stay locally.