Cuan Mhuire is currently marking 50 years in Athy with a week of activities culminating in a weekend of Golden Jubilee celebrations this Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28.
Cuan Mhuire is Ireland’s largest provider of residential addiction treatment and rehabilitation.
“Supporting individuals and families through the turmoil of addiction has always been at the core of what we do,” said Sr Consilio of Cuan Mhuire. At any give time, the Cuan Mhuire organisation, which was founded in Athy in 1966, cares for some 600 residents at its five treatment centres located at Athy, and in Limerick, Down, Cork and Galway.
The week of celebrations started last Monday with a golf classic at Athy Golf Club.
On Thursday, the centre will host a conference called ‘The Changing Face of Addiction 1966 - 2016’, which will be chaired by RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan.
On Friday night, there will be an American Tea Party at Athy GAA club hall, starting at 8pm, with music by Keith McDonald. There will be entertainment and a raffle on the night. Entry is €20.
On Saturday, there will be a mass at 12 noon, celebrated by Archbishop Eamon Martin, followedy by food and entertainment. There will be a torchlit procession around the grounds of Cuan Mhuire at 8pm.
On Saturday night, there will be a barn dance featuring ‘Take Five’ in the marquee at Cuan Mhuire from 9pm. Tickets are €10.
Bishop Eamon Walsh will celebrate a thanksgiving mass at noon on Sunday, followed by lunch, speeches and entertainment.
Sunday night will see a variety concert with dancing featuring Vegas Nights with special guest Margo. Kenny Davy will compere the enight with a special performance by Dance Republic. The venue is the Cuan Mhuire marquee from 8pm and tickets are €20.