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1976-77

From Maynooth Scouts Heritage

Scout Section Events[edit]


As you are probably aware this is our jubilee year. The Catholic Boys Scouts founded in 1927 can now record fifty years of progress and expansion. From a small beginning it now numbers a total of 21440 – quite an army and still growing. Our contribution to this impressive record in May included the investiture on Saturday 21st of the following Cub-Scouts: N. Bennett, O. Egan, R. Kilduff, J Kennedy, T Lynch, N O’Malley, M O’Regan S Tobin. In addition the following also invested L. Gilton, J Kennedy, A Madden, L Murphy, forming the first Venturer Group in Maynooth. This in effect is a Junior Officer Corps & forms a nucleus for future local leadership. Our new Chaplain Rev. Kelleher also swelled our ranks that evening. Jubilee Mass 27/5/77 In Brilliant sunshine our entire Unit attended the Diocesan Jubilee Mass in Lansdowne Road (IRFU Headquarters) concelebrated by his Grace Most Rev. Dr Ryan Archbishop of Dublin and all unit chaplains.

Sponsored Walk 29/5/77 Sunshine and soaring temperatures once again blessed our second annual Sponsored walk by ensuring an almost 100% turnout that Sunday. It commenced from Greenfield Shopping Centre at 3pm following a “kick off” from the Politicians. Our gratidtude to Mark Clinton T.D. & Brian Fleming (Fine Gael) and equally to Senator Brian Lenihan & Terry Boylan (Fianna Fail). Our gallant band of walkers (including Fr Supple, Mother Raphael and Sisters from the Presentations Convent) Scouts, Cubs and yes! Girl Guides, parents etc. completed the circuit via Ladychapel in record time. The arrival at the Parish Hall was in good (well almost good) order, tired but triumphant. Nice to report there were no casualties or accidents, not even sunstroke. A special word of thanks here to Mrs McMyler & helpers who refreshed our thirsty troops at Ladychapel with orange drinks and crisps. Thanks also to our stewards, helpers and all who gave of their time and efforts not to mention sponsorship in making this event a success. The cash is now rolling in fast and furious.

SCOUT’S NEWS FROM JAMBORORA Over 10000 Scouts from all over Ireland and Europe attended the BIG CAMP, which was held in Mout Melleray, Co Waterford from 26th July to the 5th August 1977 Included in the programme was an activity called Cap Handi. Here the Scouts got some idea of what it is like to be handicapped. The programme for the camp is constructed around the theme of fun, friendship and challenge. The highlight of the programme undoubtedly was “Fionn’s Trail”. This event was a twenty four hour hike in the Mountains around Mount Melleray. The significant feature of the hike was that each patrol of eight was made up of Boys from different parts of the country and from overseas. They trekked over some of the most beautiful countryside in Ireland, with spectacular views of the Golden Vale and the Nore Valley. The Trail gave them the opportunity to explore unknown country. It also provided an ideal environment for making new friends some of whom did not even speak the same language. On the 200 acre camp site in Mount Melleray, the 10000 campers were divided into different sub-camps. Each of these accommodate about 2000 scouts and had all the necessary services. The Scouts from 8th Kildare (Maynooth) enjoyed their stay immensely.