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Social campaigner Sr Consilio Fitzgerald says she wants to open ‘a home from home’ in Tralee for people who have been released from addiction treatment centres.

The founder of the Cuan Mhuire treatment centre in Athy, Co Kildare made the announcement at a civic reception in her honour hosted by Kerry County Council today.

Sr Consilio Fitzgerald said although she has looked at some premises in Tralee, as of yet she hasn’t the money to purchase a facility.

sr consilloHowever, she said she hoped a meeting of the Friends of Cuan Mhuire on June 26th would help further this plan.

The nun from Brosna parish was joined by family members, friends and the Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne at a civic reception at Kerry County Council today, where she received a standing ovation.

Born Eileen Fitzgerald in Cloughvoula on the Cork/Kerry border in 1937, Sr Consilio founded Cuan Mhuire – the country’s largest residential detoxification and treatment centre for people suffering from addiction in 1966.

Since then, it has helped 75,000 people dealing with addiction and now has a number of treatment centres and transition houses around the country.

Among the accolades awarded to her, Sr Consilio was named Kerry Person of the Year in 1996 and Athy Person of the Year the following year.

Radio Kerry listeners voted her the Greatest Kerry Person of All time in 2003.

With this new venture in Tralee she says she wants to help sooner rather than later.