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      Tommy Kielthy opened the conference and extended cead mile failte a hundred thousand welcomes to everyone there. He then turned it over to Celia Perez-Booth who, along with Mary Catherine Dery, performed an Apache honoring song for everyone in attendance and in particular for Jim Byrne, the founder of NADA/Eireann. It was especially appropriate because Jim had done a lot of volunteer work with the Native American community in the United States.

      Dr. Michael O. Smith, the founder of NADA, welcomed everyone to Dublin. He said he appreciated how so many people who were important to him had reworked their lives to include NADA and this conference. He thanked Jo Ann Lenney for her vision – “maybe it’s an Irish thing” – of gathering any number of people together, “people who really didn’t know each other and that still don’t know each other. This is a first meeting, a process, and it’s especially important that it’s in a country that’s had a lot of divisions.  This brings together many different people who deserve to be together, and it brings them together helping people.  Bill Wilson, one of the founders of AA, said that they finally figured out that if they helped other people that would help them come together. You don’t even have to succeed, you just have to try.”

      Some of those people Dr. Smith was talking about were from Croatia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States,.

      You can see a number of their presentations by clicking on the appropriate link and we will have more on other presentations in the near future.

      Dr. Mike Smith is planning a NADA training in Ireland some time in May of 2012.

      The next NADA European conference will be in 2013 in Graz, Austria with additional outreach to the Balkans.


For more information, contact Jo Ann Lenney at


or contact Tommy Kielthy at





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