Wexford guides receive national recognition

By Amy Lewis

Published 22/10/2016 | 00:00

Castlebridge: Lynsey Flanagan, Sarah Ryan, Adel Kinsella, Sharon Drennan, Laura Berry, Lilly Ford and Grace Flanagan.
Castlebridge: Lynsey Flanagan, Sarah Ryan, Adel Kinsella, Sharon Drennan, Laura Berry, Lilly Ford and Grace Flanagan.
Piercestown: Caroline Devereux, Sarrell Butler, Margaret O Toole, Ruth Devereux, Eileen Roe, Aoife Goldsmith and Meghan Doyle.
Wexford: Ellie Busher, Laura Murphy, Caoimhe Rochford, Mary Lawlor, Aoife Bridges, Nichola Donnelly and Shauna Scullion.

A group of local girl guides lead the way for their county when they received the Chief Commissioner Award from the Catholic Guides of Ireland at a ceremony in the Aviva Stadium.

Eileen Roe from Piercestown Girl Guides, Sarah Ryan from Castlebridge Girl Guides and Ellie Busher, Shauna Scullion, Laura Murphy, Aoife Bridges and Caoimhe Rochford from Wexford Girl Guides were honoured with the award, which is the highest national award in girl guiding. The girls all received a medal and a certificate outlining their achievements.

Leader with Piercestown Girl Guides Barbara Ryan said that Eileen was the first in the group to ever win the award.

'We are delighted for her,' she said. 'Eileen has been with us since she was a youngster and this is a great achievement.'

The county Wexford winners were some of the 31 Guides from across the country to receive the award. It gives recognition to Guides from 12 to 15 years who put themselves forward to fulfil a number of varied projects, ranging from building fires and camping gadgets to activities reaching out to their neighbourhoods, such as teaching others new skills and fundraising activities.

All of the girls were able to bring a guest each to the awards.

The event's guest speaker Supt Sarah Meyler of An Garda Siochana addressed the crowd on the central role of women in society today. She reminisced about her time as a Girl Guide and pointed out that she had never been in a room so full of women in uniform before.

Also addressing the Award Recipients was the Chief Commissioner of CGI, Mrs Cecilia Browne, who said of the girls receiving the award: 'Through participation in this award, we have seen the potential that these girls have. They have contributed to their communities, locally and globally, while learning to be responsible citizens'.

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