What date is the Darkness Into Light 2021 event?

Darkness Into Light 2021, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, will take place at sunrise on the morning of 8th May.

How will the event take place this year?

This year, due to social distancing requirements, we are asking people to wake up at sunrise and take part in a way that suits them, such as walking, swimming, or cycling. We have also added a “Challenge” option for those people who want to test their fitness levels and focus on fundraising for Pieta.

How can I sign up?

You can sign up for the Sunrise or the Challenge option by selecting the one that suits you best. The Sunrise option is the same process as previous years and you can select as many tickets as you need. With the Challenge option, one person at a time can sign up.

What if I can’t make sunrise on the 8th – can I still take part?

Yes you can! While we know the majority of people will want to rise on the morning of the 8th, you can still wear your yellow t-shirt and do your own walk or challenge at any time that suits you.

What is the DIL Challenge?

Over the years we have had many people do something a little bit different for Darkness Into Light. This year, since all things are a little bit different at the moment, we’ve added a Challenge option to accommodate this. So you can test your fitness levels and take part in a  or even run a marathon if you’d like, all while raising vital funds for Pieta. We’ve hooked up FitBit and MapMyFitness to our site so you can keep track of your activity and what’s great is, you can set your own target! Instead of paying a registration fee, you pledge to fundraise instead. And don’t worry, you’ll still get a t-shirt.

How do I keep track of my fitness?

On your dashboard, you can select “My Fitness Activity” and choose to connect to either FitBit or MapMyFitness. You can also manually add any activity you do on this page and watch yourself get closer and closer to your target. Don’t forget to start and stop your fitness activity on your app!

Why are there no venues this year?

While we would love to gather in our usual way, we care about the safety of our participants. In line with Government restrictions, the decision was made not to hold the event in its usual venues this year. Instead we are asking you to take part locally, your own way.

How much are tickets this year? 

Ticket prices are shown in local currency, depending on where you are taking part. Our Early Bird tickets are in place until March 31st

Ticket Type Early Bird Price Standard Price 
Adult 18+   €21 €26
Concession   €16 €21
Child €5 €5
Baby/Toddler €0 €0
Family (max 2 adults + 5 children) €52 €62 


Where does my registration and fundraising go?

All funds raised through donations and fundraising will go back into funding the services that Pieta provides, free of charge to those who need them most. For our International events, 50% of registration income and 100% of fundraised income stays locally with their chosen partner charity.

Do I need a t-shirt to take part in Darkness Into Light this year?

We know that the yellow Darkness Into Light t-shirt is very important to a lot of people, with many wearing it as a badge of honour. T-shirts are available this year as part of the registration, but if you have an old Darkness Into Light t-shirt we would love if you could reuse it. This keeps our running costs down and is kinder to our planet.

How do I get my t-shirt?

You can choose to select a t-shirt during the registration process for both the Sunrise event and the Challenge option for all participants taking part on the island of Ireland. For International venues, please contact your local Darkness Into Light committee who may be arranging pick up points in the lead up to the event.

How do I fundraise on Facebook?

This year we have a great new way to fundraise! You can automatically create a Facebook fundraising page from your dashboard. Just click the “Create a Facebook Fundraiser” underneath your name on your fundraising page and it will do all the work for you. It will also update your Darkness Into Light page to show all your Facebook donations in one spot. 

My friend donated on Facebook but their name didn’t come through on my Darkness Into Light fundraising page?

If you receive a donation through Facebook, personal information cannot be shared between Facebook and Darkness Into Light. Therefore the donation will have a description of “Facebook” as the donor. Their name will appear on your Facebook page though, assuming they don’t choose to remain anonymous. 

How do I create a team?

Once you’ve signed up, on your dashboard you can choose to create or join a team. Why not create a team and set a challenge for you and your friends or family? It’s a great way of staying connected while getting some exercise in!

I ordered the wrong size T-Shirt – Can I change this?

Unfortunately, the posting and distribution of t-shirts this year is more challenging than ever. We want to do our best to get t-shirts out to as many people that sign up as possible, as we know how important they are for the event. Therefore we are unable to offer exchanges on t-shirts this year. We hope you understand.

Can I donate to Darkness Into Light without fundraising?

Of course! You can donate on our homepage, or if you know someone who is taking part you can donate to their page and help them on their way to their fundraising target. You can search for a friend at the very top of the homepage.

My company wants to get involved, who should I contact?

We have added a new “organisation” feature which will allow companies create teams within their organisation and invite employees to take part. You can find the Organisation option on both the Sunrise and the Challenge event. If you need further help with this, please contact info@darknessintolight.ie

What time is sunrise on 8th May 2021?

The sunrise will be at a different time depending on where you are in Ireland, or across the world. You can check the time of sunrise by simply asking the question in your search engine of choice; 'what time is sunrise in (insert your location) on Saturday May 8th 2021?' or you can check this global link also https://www.sunrise-and-sunset.com/en