“In recent times I have had the great pleasure of attending the annual soccer tournament between Gardaí, local business and those in recovery in the service. It is always a brilliant day where sport is played, stories told, barriers broken down, burgers enjoyed and friendships and respect are nurtured.
“But the real highlight of the year has to be attending Coolmine’s Graduation evening. It is so inspiring and emotional to have the privilege of hearing the life stories of those who have graduated from Coolmine and who, having completed the programme are beaming with pride, smiling with their loved ones, planning their future and thanking the people of Coolmine for keeping that spark of hope alive and enabling them to take back their lives and once again become part of their own families and communities.
“So, on behalf of An Garda Síochána thank you Coolmine for all that you do. Not only for those in recovery but also for the broader community and for constantly proving to the world that there is always hope and that people can recover from addiction when given a second chance and the right supports.”