Sr Consilio casts a nod toward a group of young men sitting in a circle holding bongo drums. “They are in the drugs unit. They would have been up to all sorts, into everything. But it doesn’t matter. We are not our behaviours. They are great lads,” she smiles.
Celebrating 50 years of service to the people of Ireland through her addiction treatment programme, Sr Consilio is sitting next to me on a stone bench in her newly built garden of remembrance at Cuan Mhuire in Athy, Co Kildare.