Tabor Group first started as Tabor Lodge in 1989 by the Sisters of Mercy to provide treatment for people suffering with addiction to alcohol. Since then, the company has expanded to three residential treatment centres, two independent accommodation houses, and provides a continuum of care for clients including family programmes and continuing care support.
The original building at Tabor Lodge was known as “Ballindeasig House” and dates back to 1790. The house and grounds belonged to the Hennessy Family. The last surviving member of the Hennessy family to live there was Miss Minnie Hennessy who died in 1937. In her last will and testament, Minnie decided to leave Ballindeasig House and the surrounding 50 acres of farmland to the Bishop of Cork & Ross, Daniel Coholan. It was decided by the Bishop in 1938 to convert the house into a holiday house for the Sisters of Mercy Order. It was known as St. Mary’s Convent, Ballindeasig. The Sisters of Mercy stayed there until 1989 when it was decided by the sisters to convert the building and surroundings into an Addiction Treatment Centre. The centre was named ‘Tabor Lodge’, the word ‘Tabor’ derived from the transfiguration of Christ at Mount Tabor.
In 1993, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Micheál Martin turned the sod on a proposed new extension to the existing building at Tabor Lodge to increase the bed capacity from 10 to 18. In 1995, a new state-of-the-art and purpose built extension to the west of the original building was officially opened by Minister for Defence & Marine, the late Mr. Hugh Coveney, TD. Family services have developed in response to the recognition of the impact of addiction on the family unit. Family counselling services and support groups are delivered at Tabor Lodge and also in Cork city venues. Follow on care has also developed to provide support groups in Cork city and county.
In 1999, we began the extended treatment programme at Renewal when the company acquired a property on the Blarney Road overlooking Cork City to support women who have left their primary treatment and are in the early stages of recovery.
In 2002, the Board of Directors set up another extended treatment centre, Fellowship House, at Spur Hill overlooking Cork City, in response to a need for a residential supportive environment for men in the early stages of recovery.
2010 saw the formation of Tabor Lodge Addiction & Housing Services as a Limited Company incorporating Tabor Lodge, Fellowship House and Renewal. 2010 also saw the 21st Anniversary of Tabor Lodge which was marked with an event on 17th Sept 2010 at which Micheál Martin TD was the guest speaker. The 30th Oct 2010 was also a memorable day in the life of Tabor Lodge when the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese visited the centre.
The company now is known as Tabor Group and is a leading provider of residential addiction treatment in Ireland. In 2016, Tabor Group won the award for Rehabilitation Clinic of the Year at the Irish Healthcare Centre Awards. This award recognises our innovative services and our success in reintegrating clients back into their community.