Seminar in Roscommon Wednesday 20th March
Role of parents stressed in Alcohol and Substance Abuse talk
The role and responsibility of parents in controlling the use of alcohol and drugs was the central theme of a talk given by Mr. John Taaffe, Irish Bishops’ Drug Initiative Representative to parents of this year’s confirmation classes in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon last week. The well attended talk was organised by the Roscommon/Athlone Region PTAA and was aimed at creating an awareness of children leaving primary schools and their parents of the dangers and risks associated with the abuse of alcohol and in the use of drugs.
In his talk Mr. Taaffe said that alcohol in the number one drug in Ireland, and outlined alarming statistics as to its consequences. He quoted statistics outlining the enormous costs as a result of using alcohol to excess including healthcare costs and losses due to absenteeism, accidents and unsocial behaviour associated with excess alcohol. He also informed the attendance that medical information shows a 147% increase in liver damage and that research puts Ireland above the European average in all alcohol related areas and is top of the European list for “binge drinking”. He stressed that although media advertising and the liberal availability of alcohol and other outside influences may be blamed for the over indulgence in alcohol the primary role in controlling and preventing such abuse rests with parents. He urged parents to lead their children by their own example and to always keep an open avenue of communication between themselves and their children. An open forum and question and answer session followed his talk which brought out many constructive and valuable ideas.
While the talk was being delivered to parents Mr. David Conway was presenting a well organised programme to their children. In this programme he too stressed the influence of alcohol and drugs and told them that they were challenges they would be facing as they become teenagers. He asked them to be strong and positive in their opinions and not allow themselves be pressurised into doing things they did not approve of. He told them one of the most important life skills is to be able to say “No”, and used an interactive session to highlight how to do this. He also had a number of interactive exercises for the children providing information, interaction and entertainment. He praised the attitude and participation of all the children and complimented them on their understanding and knowledge, and told their parents they should be very proud of them.
This informative evening was offered to the confirmation classes of all schools in the Roscommon/Athlone Region PTAA. In his letter of support Bishop Christopher Jones complimented the PTAA for their initiative and encouraged parents and their children to attend. He said it would be a very valuable evening and added, , “If it helps in preventing even one child from becoming a victim of alcohol or any other drugs it will be all worthwhile”.
In concluding his talk John Taaffe outlined a course he would provide to run for one night a week over four weeks, hopefully to commence after Easter. Many of the parents attending enrolled in this course. Anyone else who would like to enrol or to contact John Taaffe can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org, or can contact any member of local or regional PTAA.
Our new prayer book is now available to order.
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It is being launched in Dundalk, Ballymena and Dublin on Thursday 21st february. Bishop Eamonn Walsh launched the book in the pro cathedral gathered with members of some parish projects, Mr Gerard Kelly Crosscare’s Drug & Alcohol Programme and members of the committee.
Bishop Noel Treanor then launched the prayer book in All Saints Parish in Ballymena with many representatives from parishes in the diocese as well as representatives of local voluntary and community groups. (See Bishop Treanor’s address under homily notes). A great night was had by all involved. Pictures will follow shortly. Thanks to all involved especially Fr Paddy Delargy and his fellow priests and parish initiative.
We currently have our Healthy Choicese Peer4 Peer Education Programme taking place in Leitrim, Kilkenny, Mayo, Down, Louth, Meath, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and Limerick. We wish all our new Peer Leaders the best of luck in the training.
Congratulation to all involved with our Abbeyfeale initiative who had over 3oo people attend their recent conferences on Suicide & Depression. It showed great success of work happening in partnership.
We recently attended a conference held on Alcohol – Early Intervention organised by CAWT in Derry.
Well done to the the Mooncoin Initiative for there great work in organising different aspects of Kilkenny Drug Awareness Week.
Bishop Eamonn Walsh (vice chair of IBDI) joined many people on Saturday 6th October in Kilkenny for a candle procession and service of remberance and hope in the town.
Ardee Parish Drug Initiative well done to the 11 people who completed the Ignite Youth Ministry Programme
Abbeyfeale & District Initiative
Kilcullen Parish Initiative
Kilmore / Quay