Residents and visitors to the town of Roscrea may well be forgiven for believing they are seeing things when they come face to face with a 33ft by six foot high syringe settled boldly in the centre of the town from Thursday October 16 through to Saturday, October 18.
The ‘man behind the syringe’ is Dublin born John Edwards. Following “an incredible encounter with God” over 28 years ago John now dedicates his life to helping people who struggle with all kinds of life controlling substances such as drugs, alcohol addiction, eating disorders and self -harm, or depression. Edwards, a former alcoholic and addict has been addiction free now for almost 30 years. In recent months he was made aware of the problems with drugs/alcohol and suicide in Roscrea. Having learned that the townspeople have united against the evil of drugs with its malevolent threat to life he felt compelled to visit the town to lend help and support. Edwards will join a gathering of townspeople at the Abbey Hall on Saturday evening 18th October at 7.30pm to share his life story. He will reveal howhe came into freedom from addiction and share his experience strength and hope with all who attend. He is willing to assist people to deal with the problems of addiction and threat to life currently threatening the town. Please come along and share your experiences.
Meanwhile, a new meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous has commenced in the Legion Hall, St. Cronan’s RC Church Grounds every Monday at 1pm. All are welcome. Additionally, the North Tipperary Family Support Group for those affected by a loved one’s addiction is moving location from Roscrea to above the Snooker Hall, over the TRYS office, Templemore on the first Wednesday of the month from 6-8pm. Transport can be arranged. Tel: Joe Slattery, (086) 4163509 or Aideen Connolly, (087)6840551.