Chairman of Tiglin Rehab Centre, Aubrey McCarthy, has won the Co. Kildare Person of the Year Award for 2016. Aubrey was nominated for his work in establishing Tiglin Rehab Centre.
Tiglin, based near Ashford, Co. Wicklow was set up in 2008 and currently houses 30 males and 12 females. A large proportion of Tiglin’s residents have been homeless due to addiction problems. The centre provides general support to the person not just addressing the substance abuse and waiting lists continue to grow.
It was while volunteering with the Salvation Army, that Aubrey met now Chief Executive of Tiglin, Phil Thompson. They decided to set up Tiglin after meeting addicts who turned their lives around.
Presented with his Kildare People of the Year Award at a ceremony in the Keadeen Hotel, Aubrey said,
“I’m honoured to have been awarded this People of the Year Award. The work we do at Tiglin is very rewarding. Addiction is an affliction that few Irish families mange to escape. It’s an illness that huge stigma is attached to. It is like no other disease and its grip takes down even those with the strongest will power. Seeing its ravages affect many of those around me and witnessing the needless suffering of those doubly disadvantaged who are addicted and without a home motivated me to attempt to reach into this arena and try to provide a solution”.