President Michael D Higgins unveiling a plaque at Tiglin in 2012
A rehabilitation centre co-founded by a Naas businessman is making a difference to the lives of men troubled by addiction.
Aubrey McCarthy co-founded the Ashford-based Tiglin Residential Treatment Centre in 2008.
It provides Chrstian faith-based solutions for men with life controlling drug and alcohol problems, enabling them to become productive members of society. A number of beds are funded by the East Coast Regional Drugs Task Force.
Tiglin can accommodate up to 25 men and has a full kitchen, laundry , gym, a meditation room, sitting room, games area, classroom, counselling room, a polytunnel, and workshops in the centre of 3,000 acres of idyllic forestry
Services have been enhanced by the contribution of Naas dentist Johnny Fearon of Ashgrove Dental clinic who has set up a new dental clinic for the students of the programme free of charge. Minister for Health Simon Harris opened the clinic, which was sponsored by Henry Schein Ltd, the dental supply company.
Mr Fearon used to hand out tea and coffee to homeless people in Dublin on Thursday evenings. He then opened his clinic on Saturdays to the homeless before opening the clinic at Tiglin, where he works on one day every weekend.