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Sr Eileen Fahy

Sr Eileen’s memoir traces her life from her earliest days growing up in
Bansha to her schooldays in Cahir and onward to her preparation for
religious life and her vocational training as a nurse and a counsellor. But
the treatment of those suffering from addiction was to become her
greatest passion. She first became aware of this potentially life-destroying
disease when she worked as a psychiatric nurse in St. Michael’s hospital in
Clonmel. Unhappy with the accepted treatment of the day she set about
forging a new way to treat not just the individual people in addiction but
also their families.
Her journey took her to America for advanced training in addiction
treatment and then back to Ireland to set up her own foundation. The first
Aiséirí centre was based in Cahir in a lovely historic house where it
remains to this day. Since then the organisation has flourished and
developed and now has additional treatment centres for adults in
Wexford and Waterford and in Ballragget in Co. Kilkenny for young people.
Based on the abstinence model of Alcoholics Anonymous the holistic
treatment available in the centres can bring the individuals from
detoxification right through to aftercare and integration into employment
or further education. Since its earliest days, Aiséirí has helped thousands
of sufferers to move on from addiction and live happy, fulfilled lives in
In her memoir Sr. Eileen’s courage, conviction and compassion for the
individual shine through. Her dedication and determination were other
attributes which inspired her fellow Sisters of Mercy, staff and volunteers
to provide her with the support and assistance which she acknowledges

were critical to the success of Aiséirí. Above all, her story is one of hope
that out of the depths of despair so often encountered by people whose
lives have spiralled out of control, there is the possibility that with help
and support change is possible. Her memoir is enlivened by case histories
from grateful past residents. These are told with humility, truth and great
good humour.
Sr. Eileen’s book is currently available at a retail price of €20.00 in the four
treatment centres and in selected bookshops. The book can also be
bought in The Favourite and Sampsons in Cahir, The Bookworm Thurles,
The Bookcenter in Kilkenny or contact us at info@aiseiri.ie to purchase.



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