Lovely image from the Facebook page of Darkness into Light Ballyhaunis as the town hosted the event for the first time.

Big turnout across Mayo for Darkness into Light

Organisers of Darkness into Light walks across Mayo have reported very large turnouts.

The communities of Ballyhaunis and Straide staged the early morning event for the first time and they proved very successful.

A spokesperson for the Ballyhaunis walk stated: "What an amazing morning we had. We were truly overwhelmed by the numbers that came out.

"My heart is full of love for everyone. It's hard to believe that this is our first event and that we are only learning the ropes.

"Well done and thanks to each and everyone who walked, donated, baked, sang, hung banners, the stewards, those who cleaned up and supported us all."

The town of Newport did a beautiful job this morning at 4.30 a.m. to spread the message of hope and support.

One of the participants stated: "We stood in solidarity to help all those people impacted by suicide and self-harm by coming together to share a sunrise moment

"People gathered on both of Newport's bridges at 4.15 a.m.

"A five-minute silence commenced when the bell rang and lights were switched on just before dawn broke.

"Frank Chambers sang “You’ll never walk alone” followed by a walk around the Quay to Hotel Newport for teas and coffees.

"Well done to all the organisers, a very moving morning in Newport."

Walks, in aid of Pieta House, were also held at several other locations, including Achill, Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris, Foxford, KIlfian, Kilkelly, Swinford and Westport.

Members of Castlebar Concert Band performed for the walkers at the Mall in Castlebar and local group, Tony and the Ramblers, entertained them afterwards at St. Gerald's College in the town.

Many of the organisers and participants have posted lovely images and messages across social media platforms.