This series explores how addiction alienates and injures Irish families and communities and then reconnects through a journey of healing and shared understandings.Doctors, psychologists, counsellors, recovering addicts and family members, give compelling insights into the dark and gruesome world of addiction as well as revealing effective avenues of recovery that heal wounds and build faith and strength.
These raw and sensitive revelations may be upsetting to the listeners at times but they also leave behind an abiding hope.
The music that punctuates the interviews on this programme was selected for its relevance to the topics discussed and was generously contributed by Irish singer song writer Damien Dempsey and North Dublin rappers Lethal Dialect and James Costello.
Programme one : Facts and fiction about addiction
In this programme, you will hear the clear facts and fiction about addiction from our panel of experts including a doctor, a priest, a well-known singer, a famous actor, a rapper, addiction professionals and a recovering addict:
• Peter Mc Verry Trust founder Father Peter Mc Verry
• & Coolmine Therapeutic Community Staff Member Anita Harris
open a window onto the drug scene in Ireland
• Blanchardstown rapper James Costello &
• Love Hate Actor John Connors talk about addiction in North Dublin and in the travellers community
• & Father Peter Mc Verry shows that it also affects people from middle class backgrounds
• Dartry addiction Counsellor Stephen Rowen
• Coolmine Therapeutic Community Staff Member Anita Harris &
• former Rutland Centre Clinical Director Dr. Fiona Weldon
discuss the facts and fiction about addiction including prescription tablets, methadone and the hidden dangers of cannabis.
• Coolmine Therapeutic Staff Member Anita Harris,
• Father Peter Mc. Verry and
• Dr. Edmund O’ Flaherty explains how the chemistry of the brain can have an impact on addiction.
• Senior Nurse Manager at Blackrock Centre for Living Brian Maguire talks about the connection between addiction and mental health &
• Irish singer, song writer Damien Dempsey brings in the spiritual and aspect.
Dr. Michael Corry died recently after a short illness. He was a psychiatrist who campaigned relentlessy for major reforms to be brought in the care of psychiatric patients. In this interview he shared about his book "Depression an emotion, not a disease" and his foundation "Depression Dialogues".
Seamus Byrne, Bernard Kirby, & Veronica O Reilly, who belong to a mixed community of Irish Catholic monks, bring our listeners into their healthy world of healing music and a body mind and spirit approach of maintaining optimum health.
This episode was produced with the support of Sound & Vision, a BCI initiative, and was broadcasted on Wednesday August 26 on Dublin City FM.
Padraig Swan, director of Sli Eile lead us into the positive energy generated by the Gardiner’s Street Gospel choir who brought the community back into the church and the work of Jesuits with young adults to build communities striving to see God in all things. This episode was produced with the support of Sound & Vision, a BCI initiative, and was broadcasted on Wednesday August 19 on Dublin City FM.
John Bowker, Drum Circle facilitator, explains how drumming can be used to access a different state of consciousness and to rebuild our communities.
Martin Duffy, Director of the Irish Centre for Shamanic Studies talks about the link between ancient Celtic traditions and other shamanic traditions throughout the world and he leads our listeners on a shamanic journey to meet their spirit guides and power animals.
This episode was produced with the support of Sound & Vision, a BCI initiative, and was broadcasted on Wednesday August 12 on Dublin City FM.
Jaya Moran, author of the Irish Mythological Wheel of Life and Irish Fairy cards, draws the audience into the magical world of Irish myths & legends, fairies & leprauchauns and she explains how working with them can be of great benefit to our listeners.
Dr. Eric Dilworth, MD, takes us on a tour of Ard Na Ri, in Clon Mac Noise, which was built using sacred geometry.
This episode was produced with the support of Sound & Vision, a BCI initiative, and was broadcasted on Wednesday July 29 on Dublin City FM.
Annette Peard & Anne Marie Murray bring our listeners to the Hill of Tara where ancient druidic ceremonies have survived through the centuries and are still very alive today.
Sister Rachel explores the link between her vocation as an Irish Catholic nun and her work in the holistic field.
This episode was produced with the support of Sound & Vision, a BCI initiative, and was broadcasted on Wednesday August 5 on Dublin City FM.
Ruth Marshall, story teller and author of “Celebrating Irish festivals” explains the meaning of Irish Festivals and how understanding them can assist us in our everyday lives. She captivates the audience with the story of Dian Cecht of the Tuatha De Daan and his children Miach and Airmid. This episode was produced with the support of Sound & Vision, a BCI initiative, and was broadcasted on Wednesday July 22nd on Dublin City FM.