All-Ireland in Tipperary for the first time ever

Anne O'Grady

Reporter:

Anne O'Grady

All-Ireland in Tipperary for the first time ever

It will be the first time the Convention has been held in Tipperary

Alcoholics Anonymous is holding its 61st All-Ireland Convention at the Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, and Sunday 22nd of April 2018. 

The purpose of the convention is to carry the message of recovery to alcoholics who are members of AA, and to those who may consider themselves as having a drink problem. It gives members of the fellowship an opportunity to share their combined experiences, to renew old acquaintances and to make new friends. The theme of this year's convention is AA’s Singleness of Purpose.  

The Official Opening of the Convention takes place on the Friday evening at 8.30pm. This open meeting is for anyone who may consider themselves as having a problem with alcohol.  

During the course of the weekend there will be an Open Public Meeting on Sunday 22nd at 12 noon. This meeting is open to all and in particular to those working in the professional community e.g.  healthcare workers, gardaí, teachers etc. or any others who, through the course of their work, may come in contact with or have to deal with someone with an alcohol problem.  

A large attendance is anticipated at the Convention as it is the first time the All-Ireland has been held in Tipperary. Visitors are expected not only from Tipperary and surrounding areas, but also from all over Ireland, the UK, Europe and further afield. The fellowship this year is putting an emphasis on welcoming our International Community who hold AA meetings throughout the country.  

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership;  we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses or opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.  

Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship. It had its beginning in 1935 in Akron, Ohio as a result of a chance meeting between Bill W, a New York stockbroker, and Dr Bob Smith an Akron surgeon. Both were hopeless alcoholics. They carried their message of recovery to other suffering alcoholics. Today Alcoholics Anonymous reaches out to over 160 countries worldwide with a membership estimated to be in excess of 3 million. The first public meeting of AA in Europe was held in Ireland, in Dublin on the 25th November 1946. Since then, the fellowship has spread to every corner of Ireland today, with over 900 groups holding 2,500 meetings weekly.  

Alcoholics Anonymous would like to emphasise its message of hope and recovery and would suggest that the unhappiest person in the world is the alcoholic who has an insistent yearning to enjoy life as he/she once knew it, but cannot picture life without alcohol. He/she has a heart-breaking obsession that by some miracle of control he/she will be able to do so 

Contact Details for AA General Service Office; Phone 01-8420700

Website; www.alcoholicsanonymous.ie

email;  gso@alcoholicsanonymous.ie