The Addict

Posted on 06. Aug, 2020 in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Uncategorized

In 1965 Sr. Consilio founded Cuan Mhuire in Athy Co. Kildare to help those struggling with addictions.  She attributes the success of the centre, not to anything she did, but to the support received from Our Lady.  After her presentation at a recent conference on Addiction in the Jesuit Manresa Centre in Dublin, she told […]

Cenacolo – Hope for the Addict

Posted on 04. Jul, 2019 in Addiction, Church Teachings, Drugs, Faith and Justice, Young people

.  A recent report on drug use in Ireland, showed that their usage in Ireland was increasing. In this piece from our archives this week, from July 2006, we look at what hope there is for the addict. The piece is from the Cenacolo community in Knock The Cenacolo community was founded by Sr. Elvira […]

A Job Worth Doing

Posted on 10. Dec, 2018 in Drugs, Homelessness, Young people

In this piece from 2005, we look back at some of the work of Fr. Peter McVerry SJ Fr Peter McVerry SJ has been working with Dublin’s young homeless for more than 30 years. During this time he has campaigned tirelessly for the rights of these young people. He speaks about how he began working in […]

A Waste of Dreams?

Posted on 21. Jun, 2018 in Addiction, Drugs

Jack Houlahan has worked as an addictions counsellor, facilitator and training consultant, as well as lecturing on addiction for the past 25 years. He wrote a book on the topic –A Ghost in Daylight: Making Sense of Substance Misuse – where he identifies the pattern behind uses of substances.  He suggests to Eileen Good that one […]

Unsung Hero

Posted on 17. Aug, 2017 in Drugs, Faith and Justice, Homelessness, Young people

This is a piece from 2005 when Peter McVerry SJ won an award for his work in the “People of the Year Awards” Peter McVerry SJ has been working with Dublin’s young homeless for over 40 years now. At the time, the Peter McVerry Trust provided two homeless hostels for the under 18 age group, […]

Treating Addiction

Posted on 03. Sep, 2015 in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs

Dr. Michael Kinsella is a doctor in corporate and legal ethics, currently working with Cuan Mhuire. Cuan Mhuire is Ireland’s largest voluntary provider of Rehabilitation Treatment for individuals suffering from addiction and other related issues.  Since its formation in 1966 by Sr. Consilio, Cuan Mhuire has treated over 75,000 people and it’s success rate of […]

Experiencing God

Posted on 02. Apr, 2015 in Addiction, Drugs

Ferghal McGrath battled with addiction for many years. Having lost his father at a young age, he turned to drugs to find a way to fill the gap. However his life was turned around by a profound experience of the divine which told him that he was loved and protected. He explains more to Conor Deane.

Rev Bjork To Open A Dining Room

Posted on 14. Feb, 2014 in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Poverty

The mostly affluent borough of Dun Laoghaire might not seem the kind of place that would need a free meals service but the Reverend Asa Bjork Olafsdottir thinks it is.  The Icelandic native has been Vicar of Christ Church Dun Laoghaire for the past year and as well as proving herself a very good and […]

World Champion Ursula Agnew

Posted on 09. Jan, 2014 in Achievement, Alcohol, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Crime, Drugs, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Young people

Fr. Alan Neville takes a moment to talk with World Champion Kick Boxer Ursula Agnew about her faith. Ursula Agnew who is the current World Featherweight Kickboxing Champion in the Ladies division talks about how her life was on the wrong side of the tracks and quickly spiraling out of control and getting herself into […]

Experimenting With Drugs

Posted on 22. Aug, 2013 in Addiction, Drugs, Young people

A piece from our archive – September 19th 2007 – Fr. Peter McVerry talks about young people experimenting with drugs.   Speaking at a conference recently in Manresa House in Dublin, on the subject of drugs and addictions Fr. Peter McVerry said that in today’s world, we have to accept that young people will experiment […]