Sunday 15 December 2019

Over 300 converge to celebrate 90th birthday of CGI

Leanne Butler, Grace McGuire and Amber Moore Piercestown Guides
Leanne Butler, Grace McGuire and Amber Moore Piercestown Guides
Piercestown Guides

Maria Pepper

The South East Catholic Girl Guides of Ireland (CGI) hosted a celebration in St. Martin's GAA grounds and Piercestown national school to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the national organisation.

CGI was set up in Ireland 90 years ago and the regional organisation comprising units in County Wexford, Carrick-on-Suir, Tramore and Carnew, was established 70 years ago. The celebration which was attended by more than 300 people, consisted of a day of activities for young members with Regional Commissioner Mary Lawlor welcoming Cygnets (5-6 years), Brigins (7-10 years), Guides (10-14 years) and Rangers (14-18) to the event, especially visiting members of the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) from Wexford town and Ballygarrett. The CGI units which took part included Wexford town, Piercestown, Castlebridge, Kilmuckridge, Summerhill, Enniscorthy, Barntown, Carrick-on-Suir and Tramore. The Cygnets began with storytelling, organised by leader Geraldine Conway, followed by Slam Entertainment with Lynda and Shane Murphy and dancing with Declan Flanagan and they also created a time capsule.

The Brigins built spiders with Bricks 4 Kids, including little motors so that they could walk and the Guides attended a workshop with three female engineers from Maths Tec who focused on the importance of engineering in our everyday lives and gave an insight into careers in engineering.

The girls also enjoyed a chocolate-making workshop with Caroline Stafford of Cocoa Cook House and a talk by Juanita of Biodiversity as well as dancing, whittling and making a woggle out of timber. There was popcorn and candy floss courtesy of Slam Entertainment and the event ended with a Thinking Day ceremony marking the birth date of founder Eden Powell.

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