Darkness into Light – A Nation’s Response

by | May 12, 2022 | All New, Social

We hear from author Joan Freeman, the founder of Pieta House, about the origins and impact of the Darkness into Light walk

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‘Intimate, honest, and a beautiful chronicle of the genesis of what is now one of Ireland – and the world’s – most important charity events.’
(Joe Houghton, former chairperson of Pieta House)

‘This is the story of how love brought light out of the darkness. It is for us all.’
(Dr Harry Barry, GP and bestselling author)

About the book

Darkness into Light: A Nation’s Response tells the story of the birth of a national and international movement that, every year, brings hundreds of thousands of people together to walk and remember those who have died by suicide. Taking place at dawn on a Saturday in May, this annual fundraising event in aid of Pieta House has raised almost €29 million for suicide prevention, both at home and abroad. Thirteen years after the first walk, Joan Freeman recounts how this extraordinary event began and reflects on what it means to the people of Ireland today.
While this walk began with one woman, it quickly belonged to many, as people from all over Ireland raised funds and organised so that a Darkness into Light walk could take place in their town or city. The book pays homage to these volunteers who, often driven by their own grief, were determined to soothe the pain of others. This determination went on to capture the imaginations of people throughout Ireland and around the world.
With a foreword by Taoiseach Micheál Martin and an afterword by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Darkness into Light: A Nation’s Response provides a deeply moving account of how a single idea, along with an unwavering belief, can become a catalyst for real societal change.

About the author

Joan Freeman is the founder of Pieta House and Darkness into Light. She was a senator in Seanad Éireann from 2016 to 2020. In 2018 she was a candidate in the presidential election.