A reception has been held by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre celebrating 50 years since the establishment of Cuan Mhuire, Ireland’s largest provider of residential assessment and support for those suffering from addictions.

At any given time, Cuan Mhuire cares for approximately 600 residents providing some 50% of the residential addiction support in Ireland. 3,000 people are admitted annually for residential support and an open door policy operates on a 24 hour per day basis, 365 days of the year.

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

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mickey Ruane said, “We are extremely fortunate to have one of Cuan Mhuire’s Support Centres located within Newry, one of the five Support Centres throughout Ireland where all faiths and cultures are welcomed and valued. These Centres, including Newry, could not survive without the help and support of dedicated volunteers who assist the diverse and highly qualified staff. The Council applauds each and every one of you. We are indebted to you for your professionalism, kindness and humanity.”

Councillor Ruane continued, “I would like to pay tribute to the work of Sister Consilio, the founder and guardian of Cuan Mhuire. You have been the instrument of positive change for many people; your work has saved lives and transformed outcomes, not only for those who benefitted from your services, but also for their families and friends. You are the epitome of a woman who truly has made a difference through your life’s work. To all of the Cuan Mhuire family gathered this evening, I extend a massive thank you on behalf of the Council.”

Mr Gerry McElroy, spokesperson for Cuan Mhuire Newry said, “We at Cuan Mhuire are humbled and honoured by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council's recognition of the 50th anniversary of the organisation's foundation. The generosity and support of the local community over the years, has been an inspiration and motivation for us.”


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