Some good news! Recently Johnny Fearon from Ashgrove dental clinic from naas had a desire to help Teen Challenge Ireland - Tiglin - inso he set up a new dental clinic for students of the residential programme free of charge. Below is an article about this great initiative.
Irish Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State for Communities and National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne Open New reception and Dental studio at Tiglin Rehab Centre.
Minister for Health Simon Harris on Friday 9th of September visited Tiglin Rehab Centre in Ashford, Co Wicklow to officially open a new dental health studio. Minister Harris, who was joined by Minister of State for Communities and National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne, also met with students and graduates of Tiglin.
Aubrey MC Carthy, Chairman and co-founder of Tiglin said, “It was great to have both Minister Harris and Minister Byrne here today to officially open the new dental health studio. Thanks to Johnny Fearon (Ashgrove Dental Naas), we have another great service here for the residents at Tiglin. As we all know, regular dental check-ups are important so it’s great to have a facility on site for our residents.”
The new dental health studio is sponsored by Henry Schein Ltd. and Johnny Fearon of Ashgrove Dental, Naas. It was when Johnny started volunteering a couple of years ago on Tiglin’s Outreach Bus, he realised he could do more than hand out tea and coffee to the homeless.
Dentist Johnny Fearon said, “I gave up my Thursday evenings to go out on the streets of Dublin and hand out tea and coffee to the homeless. One of the nights I met a young woman who said she couldn’t take hot drinks as her teeth would be too sore. It was then I realised she needed some help with dental work. After that, I opened my clinic on Saturday’s to residents of Tiglin. Soon after, I saw that we could make a difference by to opening up a dental studio at Tiglin so I’m based there one day every weekend.”
One of Tiglin’s graduates who has already benefitted from Johnny’s work is Sinead. Sinead met Johnny while also volunteering on the Outreach Bus.
Sinead said, “It was Johnny who helped me get my confidence back. My teeth were bad and I didn’t smile much. But since I’ve had some work done, I feel much happier and confident in myself. I’m delighted to see the new dental health studio open in Tiglin. The services are rapidly growing since I was a resident which is great.”
Tiglin was started in 2008 by Naas man Aubrey MC Carthy and Newbridge man Philip Thompson. Most of the staff and support still comes from Co. Kildare and many of its residents have come from the county.
For more information see www.tiglin.ie
A 5 minute video interview with Aubrey McCarthy, Chairman of Tiglin Teen Challenge (Ireland).
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