Welcome to South East Technological University’s (SETU) collaborative project ‘Using the power of transformative education through inclusive education, leadership and enterprise to end the cycle of addiction'.

This project is funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and led by SETU’s Lifelong Learning in collaboration with national charity Tiglin. The project currently provides fully-funded and accredited, third-level courses to Tiglin's residential and aftercare service users, along with CPD opportunities for Tiglin staff.

Tiglin opened its doors as a residential rehabilitation centre for men in 2008 in Ashford, Co. Wicklow. Since then, it has expanded to four additional centres; women’s rehabilitation centre in Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow, housing and after care supports in Carraig Eden, Homeless Drop-In Centre in Dublin and transitional housing in Jigginstown Manor, Naas, Co. Kildare. The goal of the Tiglin rehabilitation programme is to ensure that students leave Tiglin addiction free and equipped with the knowledge and life skills to lead a fulfilling and productive life.

In 2016, Tiglin and the Faculty of Lifelong Learning at SETU (formerly Institute of Technology Carlow) began working together to provide third level programmes for Tiglin students during their residential programme. SETU Lifelong Learning now deliver across three of the Tiglin centres providing a pivotal role in third level delivery there. Aligned with the National Skills Strategy to ensure ‘Ireland’s people develop and use their skills to their maximum potential through sustainable employment and civic participation’, the project will allow participants to play a part in crafting a future for themselves, their children, their community and wider society.

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South East Technological University welcomes HEA’s funding support of €833,333 in recognition of its work with Tiglin.

SETU and Tiglin collaborative project receives generous donation of IT equipment from Affirma Consulting.

From sleeping rough to graduating with master's degrees - twins highlight the transformative power of education as evidenced through the collaborative work of SETU and Tiglin.


For further information on SETU Lifelong Learning's collaboration with Tiglin, please contact SETU Project Co-ordinator Elaina O'Flaherty @ elaina.oflaherty@setu.ie.