Art project celebrates two decades of work helping families tackle drug abuse

By Maurice Garvey

THE unveiling of an outdoor art project last week, celebrates two decades of work by a project which tackles the impact of drug abuse in families, reports Maurice Garvey.

Neart le Chéile in Clondalkin has managed two established local services since it began serving the community in 1998.

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It’s Cumas project provides services to families affected by the negative consequence of drug use, and the Cairdeas project provide services to people who use drugs or have a history of drug use.

As part of the 20-year celebration, families linked in with Cumas worked on art projects over the last few weeks with street artists Kevin Bohan, Grannie Walker, and Cumas staff.

At the anniversary celebration on Wednesday, their work was unveiled, which has transformed the walls of the patio area at the project.

Whilst the mural work was taking place, members of SUDS (Service Users Developing Solidarity) and Cairdeas staff worked with artist John Farrell on a piece of wall art made from copper.

It depicts a tree from which picture frames are hung showing some of the history and work of the projects over the years.

Neart Le Chéile also launched their new website this week, which will be facilitated by Deputy Manger Alison Finn.

Board member Michelle Kearns, addressed the crowd, highlighting the values and work of the organisation over the last twenty years and into the future.

A member of SUDS Richie Morgan sang a song he co-wrote with Damien Dempsey for their film The Bus Stops Here. 

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