Recovery Walk Ireland 2017



Recovery Walk Ireland 2017


Join us to help celebrate recovery at the 6th Irish Recovery Walk followed by a family day of music, children’s activities, speeches and family fun!

The event is to celebrate the achievements of people in recovery from addiction and to show that recovery works! September is International Recovery Month when tens of thousands of people around the world take part in recovery walks and other events to show that prevention works, treatment is effective, and recovery from addiction is a reality in millions of people’s lives.  

Last year, over 1400 attended the Recovery Walk Ireland and family day. This year, the walk starts at Dr. Steeven’s Hospital opposite Heuston Station at 1pm and continues to the Garda Boat Club on Conyingham Road, Islandbridge for 2:00pm, following which there will be a family fun day with music, refreshments and children’s entertainment.


When: 9 September 2017

Where: Leaving Dr. Steeven’s Hospital at 1.30pm

Where to: Garda Boat Club, Chapelizod Road, Islandbridge

Family day begins at 2pm at the Garda Boat Club! No entry fee!

The HSE are asking for your help at the Family day event from 12 noon until 4.30pm. They need volunteers for the following:

  • Gate marshalls * 4
  • Supervise portaloos * 2
  • Supervise facepainter * 2
  • Supervise bouncy castles * 2
  • Supervise football/goal game * 2
  • Rubbish patrol * 2
  • Cleanup after (all)

The HSE hope to generate a lot of positive publicity for the recovery walk and believe it will be a memorable occasion with which to be associated!

You can contact HSE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Nicola on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They are happy to answer any questions you may have! You can also find out more on their website on including some pictures from last year’s event.

Principles of recovery:

  1. There are many pathways to recovery
  2. Recovery is self-directed and empowering
  3. Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation
  4. Recovery is holistic
  5. Recovery has cultural dimensions
  6. Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness
  7. Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude
  8. Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition
  9. Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma
  10. Recovery is supported by peers and allies
  11. Recovery involves (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community
  12. Recovery is a reality

 Some research for you to look up

  • Peer Led Action Research: A Community Assets Scoping Exercise in Dublin’s North Inner City. Recovery Academy of Ireland, 2016. Download research report
  • Karl O’Brien, Brian Foley. It’s only weed: Rethinking our response to young people’s cannabis use in Ballymun. 2017. Ballymun Youth Action Project Download 
  • RTÉ Radio One, Drivetime: Interview 
  • Addiction Recovery: A contagious paradigm! A case for the re-orientation of drug treatment services and rehabilitation services in Ireland. Keane, Mc Aleenan and Barry, 2014. Download publication 
  • Recovery Academy information leaflet Download leaflet 
  • Report of the Mansion House information meeting April 2015 Download report 
  • Keane, Martin (2011) The role of education in developing recovery capital in recovery from substance addiction. Dublin: Soilse Drug Rehabilitation Project. Download

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