Fifth Irish Recovery Walk to celebrate recovery from addiction

The 5th Annual Recovery Walk Ireland will take place in Dublin on 10 September 2016. It is one of a number of walks taking place around the world to promote and support recovery and help remove the stigma surrounding addiction.

The Irish Recovery Walk will take place on the River Liffey quays, starting at 1pm from Dr. Steeven’s Hospital and finishing at the Garda Boat Club on Chapelizod Road, Islandbridge. It will be followed by an afternoon of food, fun and family-friendly activities including music, entertainment, soccer, pony rides, bouncy castles and lots more. The afternoon will also feature speakers who are in recovery themselves talking about their experiences.

This not-for-profit, free event is aimed at people in recovery, their families, friends, neighbours, and the voluntary, community and statutory groups which work with them.

People with addiction-related issues face entrenched stigma about the problem within their communities and society. Society is not always compassionate towards addiction or understanding of the courage it takes to recover from dependency. Recovery Walk Ireland wants to challenge this and show that recovery is possible. We also believe that recovery, which is a central theme in drugs policy internationally, must be part of Ireland’s new National Drug and Alcohol Strategy to be published in 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Barry Costello, 087 051 2582, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nicola Corrigan, 087 168 9152, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Walk timeline:

12:00 1st Meeting Point – O’Connell Bridge

12:30 2nd Meeting Point – Merchants Quay

12:45 Main Meeting Area – Dr Steeven’s Hospital

13:00 Official start of walk – Dr Steeven’s Hospital

13:45 Arrival at Garda Boat Club – speeches, music and family fun

The International Recovery Walk movement began in the USA almost 30 years ago. It has since spread to the UK, Australia, Ireland and other countries. The walks and associated events celebrate recovery from all addictions – alcohol, drugs, gambling, eating, sex, and so on. Tens of thousands of people around the world take part in these walks which are a beacon of hope for people and families trapped in the spiral of addiction.

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