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Culture and Faith in the North East Inner City

In March, 30 leaders and representatives of a broad range of faith communities and faith-based organisations from Dublin’s North East Inner City gathered together to explore their shared past, present and future. Led by the partnership of ACET Ireland and Dublin City Interfaith Forum, the group were inspired in their conversations and new connections by the inputs of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheál Mac Donncha, Fr. Peter McVerry and Salome Mbugua of Akidwa.

Peter McVerry’s comments struck a particular chord as he encouraged those attending to “spend your week demonstrating the dignity of all, which is declared at your worship services on the weekend.” Those weekly activities include supporting asylum seekers and refugees, addressing unemployment, international development, community development, youth work, prison work, responding to addiction, homelessness and HIV, education, leadership development, supporting migrant women, working with travellers, encouraging the creative arts and much more.

“This is a great opportunity to establish a positive framework for interfaith work in this local community of rich diversity and significance,” commented Adrian Cristea of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum.

“For some faith communities and organisations there is little connection with the area in which they worship and operate. Our hope is that this event will start to change that,” stated Richard Carson of ACET Ireland.

Cover Photo: Fr. Michael Casey (Salesians, Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St), Br. Pat Geraghty (Christian Brothers, North Richmond Street), Michael O’Sullivan (Columbans, Store Street).

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheál Mac Donncha.

Fr Peter McVerry addresses the group.

Salome Mbugua of Akidwa addressed the need for positive integration of migrant in Ireland and the role faith communities can play at a local level. “To make integration happen we must work in solidarity. We must move beyond words and create opportunities for everyone.”

Joe Kerrigan (Trinity Church Network, Gardiner Street), Philip McKinley (Discovery Gospel Choir, Cathal Brugha St), Dave Gardner (Urban Soul/Street Pastors).

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Irish AIDS Day 2017

June 15th is Irish AIDS Day, an occasion when we reflect on the story of HIV in this country. Today many will be remembering loved ones and others will be processing the stigma they experience while living with HIV. It is also likely that there will be a new HIV diagnosis today. Every 18 hours another person in Ireland receives news of a HIV positive test.

So ask yourself, what can I do today?

If you do not know your HIV status, get tested. At www.hivservices.ie you will find a list of local testing centres most of which offer testing for free, all of which offer it confidentialy.

Challenge stigma. HIV related stigma is all around us and often is linked to other forms of stigma particularly as relates to racism, homophobia and class divides. A kind word, a warm embrace, a shared meal can all play a part in ending the marginalisation.

Support ACET and be part of the story of seeking to improve the lives of those living with and affected by HIV and playing our part in reducing the number of new cases of HIV in Ireland.




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World AIDS Day 2016

1st December is World AIDS Day and while our projects were ongoing with many, such as our Quilt Group, taking the opportunity to mark the occasion, ACET Ireland CEO Richard Carson was busy traversing Dublin at various functions and events.

First stop was the Mansion House on Dawson Street where the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Brendan Carr greeted representatives from a wide range of agencies working locally and globally in response to the pandemic.


Amos Ngugi of Acts of Compassion Projects and partner of ACET Ireland with the Lord Mayor of Dublin City, Cllr. Brendan Carr.

Next stop was Cental Park on the Green Luas Line where Salesforce played host to Richard for a conversation on HIV in Ireland and beyond. ACET has been a Salesforce user for almost a decade and we are looking forward to receiving some of their staff as volunteers as we upgrade our systems.

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Staff of Salesforce wearing Red for World AIDS Day

Finally it was over to Glasnevin for a beautiful interfaith memorial service hosted by the Dublin City University chaplains, including former ACET team member, Philip McKinley.


Students, staff and chaplains of DCU at the memorial service.

You can also read more about World AIDS Day in Richard’s guest blog post for Vox Magazine and in the most recent edition of Metro Eireann.

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ACET is Hiring

ACET Ireland is a Christian interdenominational agency responding to HIV with various projects at the intersections of addiction, sexuality, faith, minority ethnic groups and poverty that seek to improve health and offer hope.

ACET is looking for candidates for the following fixed-contract post to cover a career break. This post is based on 20 hours a week and a contract running from 4th January 2017 to 25th August 2017.

The post primarily involves operating the ACET administration office, being part of the ACET Core Team while contributing to the activities to ACET’s various projects and some PA duties for the CEO. The ideal candidate will be excellent at multi-tasking and working with a diverse team, carrying out the various administrative tasks while expressing ACET’s values and Christian ethos of compassion and care.

For more details please see this job description: Admin Job Description pdf

To apply please send a copy of your CV to richard.c@acet.ie before 5pm on Wednesday 7th December. All informal enquiries to Richard Carson at 01-8787700.



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We have moved office!

New Address:

ACET Ireland

50 Lower Gardiner Street

Dublin 1

D01 VC03

ACET Ireland has moved office. We have left our home of the past decade in O’Connell Street and are now based just down the road  in The Exchange on Lower Gardiner Street.

We would like to thank our original landlords on O’Connell Street, Ballymore Properties, as well as the current owners, FAM Assets Limited, for their hospitality to us over the years.

Also, a big thank you to Serve The City for helping with the move.

We are looking forward to sharing the space at The Exchange with Jobcare and our kind hosts, Trinity Church Network. This is our administration office but it is in homes, hospital clinics, training rooms, churches, community cafés and elsewhere that you will witness our ongoing work of improving the health of those living with and affected by HIV.


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ACET is Hiring

ACET is looking for an Adult Support Worker to join our team


ACET Ireland requires a full-time Adult Support Worker for maternity leave cover working predominately in the North Inner City of Dublin.

ACET (AIDS Care Education and Training) Ireland is a Faith-Based Christian response to HIV in Ireland, operating a range of projects in the area of HIV and related issues.  Our Care Project provides consistent care and support to people living with and affected by HIV and related issues, much of which operates in communities significantly affected by addiction and drug & alcohol use. Services are structured on a client centred model of care and are available free of charge. Many client families require long-term support, as often there are a number of family members in the one household living with HIV. The range of services include: Home Care; Practical Care; Emotional Support; Bereavement Support Groups, Personal Development Groups; Respite Activities and Family Therapy.

The Adult Support Worker is responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of supports to Adults and works alongside the Family & Youth Support Co-ordinator and the rest of the Core Team.



  • Two years adult/youth/family work experience.
  • Third level qualification or equivalent in relevant field.
  • Agreement with the Christian aims and ethos of ACET as an occupational requirement.
  • A current clean driver’s licence and use of a car.


To apply please send a copy of your CV to dublin@acet.ie

For further information on the application process please contact Richard Carson on 01-8787700 or richard.c@acet.ie

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 29th June 2016 


This post is funded by the Emerging Needs Fund of the National Drugs Strategy through the North Inner City Drugs and Alcohol Task Force.

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World AIDS Day 2015

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ACET staff member Lynn Caldwell joined with the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, for the launch of the campaign at governement buildings.





This Tuesday, 1st December, is World AIDS Day.  ACET has joined with a broad range of agencies, including the HSE, to be part of the first National World AIDS Day campaign.

With 203 new HIV diagnoses for the first half of 2015, 1 in 4 people living with HIV unaware of their status having not tested and HIV stigma still a major challenge, this campaign is timely and important.

This Tuesday, wear a red ribbon, share the posters, learn more about HIV, challenge stigma and get tested.

Check out all the latest on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Details of your nearest testing centre are available at the newly launched HIV Services Ireland website: www.hivservices.ie




World AIDS Day



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Care work: Unearthing Joy

The care team have had a busy few months so far in 2015, continuing to meet with individuals and families in their homes, out and about in cafes and clinics, and working with emerging and ongoing challenges, as well as celebrating and acknowledging the positive moments. Our hope is to continue with our ongoing family care projects, as well as putting together respite activities for young people and individuals’, depending on funding and client needs.  This is always a huge focus of the summer months as there are more opportunities to come together, joining in on activities and continuing to build relationships.  We are receiving new referrals from various hospitals, which gives further opportunity to support and care for those living with and affected by HIV.

Upon some reflection, we see our care work a bit like preparing for the Irish weather – you never know exactly what it will bring, but you try to be prepared for whatever is coming!  You acknowledge the rainstorms and work through them, but rejoice when the sunshine is out and appreciate every moment of it.  Some days are chaotic, some are beautiful and many of them are mixed but it really does seem so much easier when you have someone you trust who shows up and stands with you throughout it all.  The care team aim to be the ones who show up in the midst of this, communicating to those we work with, “I hear you, I see you, and I’m here with you.” With the plans we have in place, we also want to acknowledge the space where God leads us to stand in the gap of hardship or isolation or hunger or sickness. We plan to help find goodness and beauty throughout hardships and disappointments, to unearth discarded joy and use it as a resource through those personal battles.  Alongside these ideals for clients, we continue to help source the practical and emotional ways that ACET’s collaborative relationship fits into their life stories.

We look forward to the summer and all of the adventures and opportunities for relationship-building that lie ahead – whether it’s practical resourcing for clients, long chats over cups of tea in an inner-city cafe, a DART journey with young people headed back from the beach singing One Direction songs, or sitting beside someone in an overcrowded hospital; we are blessed to be in it with them, and pray for goodness and joy to abound in it all.


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