Kildare’s business sector turned out in force for the official opening of Tiglin Women’s Rehab Centre on Thursday, May 17, by President Michael D. Higgins. Originally located at Shecham House, Newbridge, the centre relocated to the former building of an An Óige Youth Hostel and also the home of playwright, James Synge.
Tiglin Chairperson, Aubrey McCarthy and Director of Operations, Philip Thompson welcomed the President and his wife, Sabina to the new facility.
The opening of the ladies rehab programme was a major source of pride to Mr McCarthy who gave particular mention to the volunteers from Co Kildare who’ve worked tirelessly to see the project completed. In addressing the attendance, President Higgins stated “People talk about transforming institutions, the most important thing in the end is about transforming lives. The best evaluation of the Tiglin centre is seeing people who’ve completed the programme and then come back to help.”
President Higgins further alluded to the programme’s holistic approach and noted that often the medical and psychiatric sector underestimate the importance of spiritual/holistic treatment.
In praising the support of volunteers and former graduates, Mr McCarthy, an auctioneer and MD of AMC Removals thanked the business community of Co Kildare for their continued support. At the official opening were John Doyle (Haynestown Meats), Susan McMillan O’Reilly (Naturally of Naas), Richie Galway (Punchestown Racecourse Manager), Alistair and Timmy Conway, accountants, Laura Andrews (formerly House of James), Valerie and Frank of Vie de Chateau, Naas; pharmacist Brian O’Reilly, Melissa and John de Roebeck. The McCarthy family were out in force with Aubrey’s father, Dennis, sister Helga Cleary, brother Fergal and Esther of Hampton Furniture Collection there for the opening.
Mr McCarthy thanked their neighbours in Wicklow and Tesco for supplying the buffet and also commended their former neighbours of Shecham House for their goodwill and support in the past.
Guest celebrities included Moya Brennan and Mary Coughlan. Also in attendance was Andrew Doyle TD, former TDs Pat Carey and John Curran and Dr Eamonn Keenan, Head of Psychiatric Services at Cherry Orchard Hospital addiction clinic.
The newly opened ladies treatment centre now houses 12 women, with as many more on the waiting list. Amongst the guest speakers was vivacious Newbridge resident Brenda Lawlor, a graduate of the Shecham programme; Brenda will be speaking on the John Murray radio show this week on her experience of fighting addiction and rehabilitation.