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Thursday 17 October 2019

Celebrations in Newmarket as Cuan Mhuire Centre opens its doors

Volunteer Eileen O’ Connor pouring a cuppa for Sister Consilio, Sister Agnes, Phil McGuinness, Mary Heffernan, Marie Harding, Michael O’Sullivan, Brendan O’Reilly, and Joe Heffernan in one of the upstairs meeting rooms at the newly opened Friends of Cuan Mhuire Centre in Newmarket
Volunteer Eileen O’ Connor pouring a cuppa for Sister Consilio, Sister Agnes, Phil McGuinness, Mary Heffernan, Marie Harding, Michael O’Sullivan, Brendan O’Reilly, and Joe Heffernan in one of the upstairs meeting rooms at the newly opened Friends of Cuan Mhuire Centre in Newmarket

Sheila Fitzgerald

The Friends of Cuan Mhuire Charity Shop and Meeting Centre recently opened its doors on the High Street in Newmarket, with Sister Consilio and Sister Agnes Fitzgerald, founders of Cuan Mhuire, on hand for the official opening.

Sr Consilio said the centre would be "a place of welcome for people who are in recovery from addiction and have completed a programme -  a place to call, to socialise, and to have their meetings."

"When somebody wakes up in the morning and they might not be feeling the best, they might feel the need to go in for a few drinks. So it's very important to have somewhere to call where people understand them. In the different towns where we have established these centres, we find that the relapse rate is almost nil when a support system is in place locally," she said. 

"This is an open door for people from all areas. A home from home for people during the day or the evening time, to drop in and help each other through their difficult times." 

The shop, stocking clothing, shoes, books and bric-a-brac is located on the ground floor of the building, with two private meeting rooms upstairs.

"Anyone who might have a problem developing in their own lives or a family member is also welcome, they have a place to call in to enquire about what can be done and how they can be helped, it's all about helping people," said Sr Consilio.

She paid tribute to Michael O'Sullivan from New York and formerly Ballydesmond, for his ongoing financial support with her projects, including the new centre in Newmarket. Kanturk native Marie Harding who has been involved with Cuan Mhuire said that she was really delighted to see the facility open in Newmarket. 

"I have a real affinity with the work they do, I trained as a counsellor and a big part of my training and work experience was at Cuan Mhuire," said Marie. 

"Any person who has a problem or anyone who is dealing with a family member with a problem, please come in and talk to us. Drop in at any time and we will provide support or refer them on for further help."

The Friends of Cuan Mhuire Shop is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

Further information regarding the Meeting Rooms can be obtained from Volunteers in the Shop. Cuan Mhuire is Ireland's largest voluntary provider of addiction treatment services and residential rehabilitation and its main objective is the rehabilitation of persons suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. 

The first Cuan Mhuire was founded by Sr Consilio Fitzgerald in Athy, Co. Kildare in 1966 and each year some 2,500 people are admitted to one of their treatment centres.

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