Shining a light on the darkest night

St Mary’s Church of Ireland lit up in green

ST Mary’s Church of Ireland in Killarney is to be lit up in green on the night of longest day of the year to reassure people that there is support available during their darkest hours.

Rector of St Mary’s Church, Archdeacon Simon J Lumby, has agreed to a request to participate in the nationwide project being undertaken by The Samaritans and the exterior of the church will be illuminated on the night.

The Venerable Simon J Lumby

Rev Lumby has asked others local businesses and those involved in the management of public buildings to consider joining in the campaign in solidarity with the work of The Samaritans.

He said it would be relatively straightforward for any premises with LED or sodium lighting to participate.

The Samaritans use the date to remind their callers and anyone in need that they will be there for them during their darkest hours, especially on the longest night and over Christmas.

Dublin Airport’s control tower, the Rock of Cashel, Blackrock Castle in Cork, Kilkenny Castle, Enniskillen Castle, the Hill of the O’Neill in Dungannon), Devonshire Bridge in Dungarvan, universities and colleges and several city and county council offices are among the many landmarks and buildings that will be lit up in green.