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Love/Hate stars launch Pieta House’s nationwide Darkness into Light event



Love/Hate stars launch Pieta House’s nationwide Darkness into Light event with Electric Ireland which will take place in Limerick City on May 11th. There’s no hate here as Aoibhinn and Peter take time out from their first week back filming the much-anticipated new series to support Pieta House’s annual fundraising walk.

Stars of the hit RTÉ crime drama Love/Hate, Aoibhinn McGinnity and Peter Coonan, proved to be nothing like their characters Trish and Fran as they cheerfully turned out to launch the Darkness into Light fundraising walk in aid of Mungret-based Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre. Taking place on Saturday, 11th of May and now in its fifth year, Darkness into Light will be supported this year by Electric Ireland.

Darkness into Light is a unique event which begins at 4.00am as thousands of people gather in darkness at locations across Ireland and walk or run the 5km route as dawn is breaking. Following a record turnout of 15,000 people last year in 14 counties, this year’s Darkness into Light walk will take place at 20 locations nationwide.

A unique experience for participants, Darkness into Light is also the most vital component of Pieta House’s fundraising calendar. As demand for Pieta House’s service continues to grow and with more than 80% of the organisation’s income depending on public donations, the funds raised during Darkness into Light are essential for Pieta House to continue to provide a free support service for the increasing numbers seeking help.




Pieta House will open four new crisis centres this year in counties Cork, Galway, Tipperary and Kerry and will next month launch a major new nationwide campaign aimed at reducing the rate of male suicide.

Registration for Darkness into Light is available online now at

About Pieta House

Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded by psychologist Joan Freeman. It first opened its doors in Lucan, Co. Dublin in January 2006, and there are now four Pieta House centres throughout Dublin and one in Limerick. Four new centres will open in 2013 in Tuam, Roscrea, Cork and Castleisland.

Pieta House provides a professional, face-to-face, free of charge therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of distress. The unique clinically-based model developed by Pieta House is used across its five centres. Pieta House’s primary aim is to reduce suicide by helping people get through that critical phase when suicide becomes a plan rather than just an idea. To date, over 8,000 people have been helped by Pieta House.

Pieta House’s vision is that no-one in Ireland should be more than 100 kilometres from a Pieta House centre where they can avail of the clinical services at that time of crisis. For more information, log on to

To see photos of Darkness Into Light 2013 go HERE.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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