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About us

Recovery Self Help Method Ireland is a registered Irish charity, registration number CHY 7690.

The organisation was established in Ireland in 1971. We are the Irish division of Recovery International, which was founded in 1937 in Chicago, US.

Over the years Recovery Self Help Method Ireland has been known by a number of trade names including; Recovery Inc, Recovery International Ireland, and Abraham Low Self Help Systems. 

Our administrative office is located at Bridge House, Cherry Orchard Hospital Dublin 10.  Our main phone number is +353 1 62 60 775 and our main email address is  info(a)

The organisation is part-financed by a grant from the HSE and part-funded by voluntary donations from our members.


Recovery Self Help Method Ireland operates under a license agreement from its parent organisation Recovery International, based in Chicago, US.

In Ireland, the organisation is governed by a Board of directors, who are responsible under company law for its affairs.

The Board of Directors is nominated and voted in post by the seven original company subscribers as set out in the Memorandum & Articles of Association. [Click link]

The present directors are;

Dermod Grennan - Director 

Principal role: Group area leader / Company secretary

Dermod joined Recovery in 19.. and over the years has served the organisation in many different capacities. Currently he leads the Drumcondra group meeting as well as being the all-Ireland area group leader.


Brendan Minnock - Director 

Principal role: Chairman of Board of Directors

Brendan joined Recovery in 19.. and is the current chairman of the Board of directors. From 2012-2014, Brendan also served on the Board of Recovery International (parent organisation). Brendan currently leads the Killester group meeting each week.


Rosaleen Fitzpatrick - Director 

Principal role: Treasurer (outgoing)

Rosaleen joined Recovery in 19.. and is the current treasurer of the organisation. Rosaleen previously lead the group meeting which took place at the Mater hospital Dublin.

Joe Strain - Executive Committee Member


Joe joined Recovery in 19.. and over the years has served on the Executive committee and Board of directors.


For list of previous incumbents, please [click here]


Group Leaders

The services of the organisation are delivered by trained and highly experienced volunteers, known as Group Leaders. The Group Leaders generously give up their free time, 50 weeks of each year often for many years to help train members in this proven method of self-help for poor mental health.

For a list of current group leaders [click here]

For a list of former group leaders [click here]


We contract a part-time external administrator who manages phone calls and emails remotely, as well as attending to post etc. a half day per week.

Administrative coordinator



Recovery Self Help Method Ireland, meeting her excellency President Mary McAleese

R/L: "May McCallig, Rose Parsons (Recovery group leaders), Martin McAleesse, President Mary McAleese, Dermod Grennan, Joe Strain (Recovery group leaders), taken at Aras an Uachtarain"



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