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, […]

Cenacolo – Hope for the Addict

Posted on 11. Aug, 2016 in Addiction, Church Teachings, Drugs, Faith and Justice, Young people

Our archive pieces from this month come from July 2006. The first piece is from the Cenacolo community in Knock.  The Cenacolo community was founded by Sr. Elvira Petrozzi, an Italian nun, in 1983.  For many years she had been concerned by the destruction she had seen among young people through drug abuse and she wanted […]

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 […]

Young Addicts

Posted on 15. Aug, 2013 in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Young people

A piece from our archive – July 25th 2007 – Sr. Veronica Mangan discusses her work with young people.   Veronica Mangan is a sister of Mercy with many years experience of working with young people in their struggle to rebuild their lives after years of drug dependency. Until recently Veronica was director of the […]

Ministry of Healing

Posted on 28. Jun, 2012 in Addiction, Drugs

Spiritual healing is something that formed a large part of Christ’s teachings and yet it is an area that is often marginalised within the Church. Rev Patrick Lawrence met Jessica Stone who has been appointed to the Church of Ireland as Ministry Coordinator for the Church’s Ministry of Healing. The post covers the entire Republic […]