While for many of the Limerick faithful Ciaran Carey will be best known for his inspirational winner against All-Ireland champions Clare in the 1995 Munster semi-final, the Patrickswell native has since become a trained psychotherapy counsellor.
He spent four years working with the homeless and has been based in Cuan Mhuire’s Residential Treatment Centre in Bruree for the last 11 years.
With the pandemic has come a surge in the importance of maintaining good mental health with Carey leading a new charge of the light brigade as he branches out with his new venture, My Move.
Explaining the premise behind the new service and what it will provide, Carey said,
“Myself and a man called James Kinnane from Tipperary set it up. He’s a lecturer in ICAS college, he’s a doctor and a priest. We put our heads together and cane up with a service called my move. Today there is a huge issue in relation to addiction and at the moment many services can’t cope. You could be waiting months for an assessment and you wouldn’t be guaranteed a bed.
“My move offers people suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling addiction and we have a team of trained counsellors who will provide one on one counselling to those in addiction and a special programme to families where addiction is in the home and who need help to talk to their loved ones and family members.
“My move also helps those who are suffering with depression, bereavement, loss of loved ones in their life. My move also offers help to those facing challengers in life, changes people need to make in relation to addiction.
“We also provide help in a positive way to bring about changes. With the growth in mental health issues, my move helps people to have a better quality of life. So, we couldn’t be starting at a better time.
The Patrickswell man offered an insight into the difficulties people are facing during the covid-19 pandemic and he hopes his new service will provide light to those who are in most need during these hard times.
“If I was to say it’s frightening what people are going through, then I would be minimising it. We’re facing difficult times and even outside of addiction, people are struggling with life and how to negotiate life in the middle of a pandemic.
“We are there to provide help to those who are struggling with whatever area of life. It is just to provide people with an invisible toolbox that you will be able to carry and apply to your life and get a bit of peace, contentment and happiness and fulfilment out of life. That’s our aim and that’s what we are providing.”
To get in touch with My Move, call 0876606561.
Listen to Carey discuss My Move from 23.21 below.