Navan Rotary Club Presidents Night 2018

More than 50 members and friends attended the Rotary Club of Navan Presidentís Night in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan.

President Marie Mullooly said she was glad of the opportunity to congratulate the Club members on all the hard work and the fun as she outlined the huge number of charities and individuals which the Navan Club had helped during his year.

President Marie said that she had one last job to do, but a job that gave her a lot of pleasure. She told the guests that the Club was awarding a Paul Harris recognition to a member of our community who in her opinion had made an outstanding commitment to the town of Navan and the broader community. The Paul Harris Fellow Award is the highest honour a club can bestow on a person, either inside or outside the club. The award therefore acknowledges -Service above Self- which that individual has offered to their community, their nation or indeed to the world. She then called on Sr. Catherine Lillis to come forward and accept her award.

A native of County Clare, Sr. Catherine a Columban Sister, spent the early part of her career as a missionary in the Far East, before developing a keen interest in the impact and effects of addiction on society.

Sr. Catherine travelled to the US where she trained as an addiction councillor in the early 70s. Upon her return to Ireland, she worked in Dublins Inner City for many years with the Health Board. During this period Sr. Catherine also served as a facilitator with the after-care groups from the Rutland Centre and also worked on her day off at one to one and family counselling at the Columban Sisters House at Dalgan Park in Navan.

Such was the impact on her of the acute shortage of extended care facilities for men in Ireland and with her experience gained USA she realised the desperate need that existed in the North East for additional treatment facilities for recovery follow up. Thus, was born the vision in Sr. Catherines mind of Tabor House.

One cannot underestimate the determination and dedication of Sr. Catherine in bringing this vision to reality. With great zeal, Sr. Catherine with her small group of supporters began to knock on the doors of authority, searching for the way to create Tabor House.

In 2003 a breakthrough occurred with the North Eastern Health Board and the Department of the Environment and Local Government which sealed the fact that if Tabor House was created, the departments would give Tabor, in part, the necessary support to continue with the work. Tabor House, situated on the Trim Road in Navan, was officially opened in 2005 by then President Mary Mc Alease.

Tabor House is a residential treatment centre for men. It runs a program aimed at assisting men in early recovery to develop and maintain an abstinence, based on lifestyle and improved quality of life. Like every determined woman, Sr Catherines dream and vision continue as she works to expand the facilities in Tabor House to support and care for women who suffer from addiction.

Story by: M.Mullooly


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