The 56th all Ireland convention of Alcoholics Anonymous returns to the west of Ireland after a four year absence and will be held in the Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, Co Mayo from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 April 2013.
All members of the public are welcome to attend the open AA meeting on Friday night at 8pm, where one of the organisation’s non-alcoholic trustees, Denis Doherty, will be a guest speaker, and also to the open public meeting on Sunday afternoon at 12.30pm. These meetings are special focal points where AA is showcased to the wider public. AA members share their stories of how alcoholism dominated their lives and what changed for them to come out from under this crippling disease and more importantly what established and now sustains their recovery into the present day. The Al Anon family groups will be represented at these meetings also and in fact are running their convention programme concurrently in the same venue. While AA is not affiliated with Al Anon, it does co-operate with it. The Al Anon family groups support those family members who have been affected by alcoholism.