A big-hearted butcher in Skerries did his bit for Pieta House at the weekend by feeding an army of Darkness into Light walkers after their dawn trek.

Aidan O’Brien kept up a tradition he started several years ago which has now snowballed into an event involving around 1,000 people.

Walkers were invited to meet the butcher and his crew at the Skerries monument after Saturday’s walk to avail of their free cup of tea and sausage in a roll.

Ahead of the 4am event, Aidan ordered extra cups and took in 1,000 fresh bread rolls and 1,000 sausages first thing on Saturday morning.

His neighbourly chipper stayed open and cooked all the sausages and he was ably assisted by his mother and sister Bernie and Becky on food duty.

Aidan posted an update after the big feed on Facebook, revealing: “The aul saying that ‘I hadn’t a sausage’ rang out to be very true this morning as we got wiped out.

“I actually took a look up at one stage and seen the queue down to Sandy Bank Lane. I have never done the walk but what a morning for it.”

Aidan thanked his tea and coffee ladies Davie Sheerin and Roisin Schlindwein and his dad for helping out, along with the Armstrong family from Rush who provided the bread rolls.

The gesture raised €1,460 for Pieta House with Aidan pledging to round it up to a €1,500 donation for “a very worthy charity” which is now offering its services via an outreach counselling clinic to be located in Skerries.

He said: “All I can say is look for the best in people and be nice to each other as there is far too much hate and fakeness in the world. Keep the head up, keep the heart strong.”