This Saturday 2 of February the local "Friends of Cuan Mhuire" Group will hold a street collection in Camlough village. Cuan Mhuire is Ireland largest voluntary provider of support and treatment for individuals suffering from addiction and other related issues.

Commenting on their collection Camlough man Des Murphy whose involvement in Cuan Mhuire stems from his late mother Meave's close friendship with Sr Consilio said "We the local "Friends" will be collecting in Camlough  village this Saturday. I know that Cuan Mhuire couldn't continue their work without the wonderful generosity of families, community and individuals. Sr Consilio and all involved with Cuan Mhuire really appreciate the support".

Since its formation in 1966 by Sister Consilio, Cuan Mhuire has treated over 75,000 people. Its main objective is the rehabilitation of persons suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. At any one time, Cuan Mhuire has 600 people in treatment through its five centres, one which is based in Newry,  throughout the country.

Oonagh Lavery (Cuan Mhuire Support Worker), Pat Mc Ginn (Friends of Cuan Mhuire), Gerry McElroy (Cuan Mhuire Staff) and Des Murphy (Friends of Cuan Mhuire) get ready for Saturday’s Street Collection in Camlough.
Oonagh Lavery (Cuan Mhuire Support Worker), Pat Mc Ginn (Friends of Cuan Mhuire), Gerry McElroy (Cuan Mhuire Staff) and Des Murphy (Friends of Cuan Mhuire) get ready for Saturday’s Street Collection in Camlough.

Over the past two years Kerry born Nun Sr Consilio has been working to develop a new support network "Friends of Cuan Mhuire" for those struggling to recover from addiction issues and also to help, advise and signpost those seeking advice.

Sr Consilio speaking about the initiative said "When people finish a program, they often feel out of place for a time, and so for that period, they need support, a place to call into and meet each other. If you had a support group, with a number of people who are already out there and doing well who could provide camaraderie, friendship and fellowship — that would be important also for the families because they worry that their family member will go back to the addiction again. But if they have help and support in their town, families can get support and help from people who are well and get them to talk to the person they are worrying about".

'Friends of Cuan Mhuire’ is being established in towns across Ireland, for people in recovery and their families.  People are helped find their feet in the early, and sometimes difficult, days of recovery and as Sr Consillio explains the groups are “somewhere to go, someone to talk to, friends to rely on and a welcome whenever you call by.”

Sr Consilio founder of Cuan Mhuire
Sr Consilio founder of Cuan Mhuire

Each unit is independent, rooted in its own community, managed by the ‘friends’ themselves and link in friendship to the nearest Cuan Mhuire centre.

Gerry Mc Elroy Cuan Mhuire Finance Officer  said "We like most other Charities are constantly fundraising whether through events like this or our Charity Shops in Hill Street Newry and in Coalisland. All monies raised will go to ensuring that our life saving and life changing services continue to remain open and accessible to all. Our Friends of Cuan Mhuire Groups are steadily growing and recently in Belfast we opened a "Drop In Hub"at St Pauls Pastoral Centre on the Falls Road facing the Royal Victoria Hospital. Locally our Friends of Cuan Mhuire members are involved in our Schools and Community Outreach Programmes, all in their own way helping to carry the message of hope and recovery".

Pat McGinn speaking about the vision of Sr Consilio and the work of "Friends of Cuan Mhuire said "Sr Consilio sees the establishment of a network of "Friends of Cuan Mhuire" rooted in communities as essential to not only the tackling of addiction and the sustainability of recovery for addicts and their families but also to the general   health and well being of our communities.

The mission statement for our Friends Groups is simple but essential, it states, “We are ordinary people who come together to support and help each other on our journey of recovery‬. We feel privileged to be there to accompany  and encourage each other‬.
We reach out a helping hand to anybody needing support and if required we guide them to whoever or wherever there is help available‬”.

If we adhere to these guiding principles set out by Sr Consilio herself, I have no doubt that the "Friends of Cuan Mhuire" will have positive influences wherever they exist".


For further info about Cuan Mhuire  services please Telephone 0283049010 (Cuan Mhuire Newry Centre) or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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