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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Memory of Wexford sea scout Joe Thomas to live on in Lough Dan

By Amy Lewis

ABOVE: Joe's fellow sea scouts, family and friends erecting the plaque in Lough Dan. Inset right: The plaque erected in honour of 'The Skipper' and all deceased members of the 2nd Wexford Sea Scouts.
ABOVE: Joe's fellow sea scouts, family and friends erecting the plaque in Lough Dan. Inset right: The plaque erected in honour of 'The Skipper' and all deceased members of the 2nd Wexford Sea Scouts.
ABOVE: Joe's fellow sea scouts, family and friends erecting the plaque in Lough Dan. Inset right: The plaque erected in honour of 'The Skipper' and all deceased members of the 2nd Wexford Sea Scouts.

Friends of the late Joe Thomas and many of his fellow sea scouts gathered together at the Lough Dan Scout Centre near Roundwood in County Wicklow to erect a plaque that is sure to keep his memory alive.

A large crowd of scouts from the 2nd Wexford Port of Wexford Sea Scouts joined with friends of Joe's and other scouting troops to place a plaque in honour of their beloved member. Several scouting troops from other parts of the country were camping in the area and they were invited to join the ceremony.

Along with placing the plaque, trees were planted in the area, which has long been a popular camping site for the Wexford sea scouts. Several members then shared their memories of their old friend 'The Skipper'.

Well-known Wexford postman Joe, from Bernadette Place, passed away last year following a short illness. He had been a member of the sea scouts for over 50 years and was a leading figure in sea scouting circles. Fellow scout leader Tony Walsh said that his death was a 'great loss' to everyone in the scouting world.

The ceremony paid tribute to all of the deceased members of the 2nd Wexford Sea Scouts.

A plaque has also been erected in Lough Dan in honour of the late Brian Nolan of Coolballow, who died unexpectedly in Wicklow in 2011. Brian joined the second Wexford Sea Scouts at an early age and later became a leader, teaching youngsters how to sail and tie knots.

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