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Monday, 14th October 2019

Drogheda girls achieve Girl Guides’ highest award

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Eleven local girls receive Irish Girl Guides’ Trail Blazer National Guide Award at Croke Park

Eleven Drogheda girls were among 135 Girl Guides from around the country who received the Trail Blazer National Guide Award – Irish Girl Guides’ highest award – at a special ceremony in Croke Park on Saturday [October 12].

The Irish Girl Guides (IGG) members, including girls from Millmount, Cú Chulainn, Monasterboice, Boyne Valley and Tullyallen Guides travelled from all corners of the country to receive the award and, with their Guide leaders and families, celebrate reaching the pinnacle of Guiding. 

Each girl received a Trail Blazer gold pin from Irish Girl Guides (IGG) President Maureen Murphy and a National Guide Award certificate from IGG Chief Commissioner Helen Concannon. 

Jessica Woods, the Leader of Cú Chulainn Guides in Drogheda, told Drogheda Life that she was so proud of the two girls from her unit, Moya Hughes and Melody Craig-Boyle, who had been achieved guiding’s highest accolade.

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“It has been an immense pleasure to have them as guides and already, they have planned to move onto senior branch which caters for guides aged 14 to 30. I have no doubt that they will each become leaders in their own right with units of their own in a few short years” she said. 

The citation which was written by Jessica Woods and read out as the two Cú Chulainn girls went up to receive their awards were as follows:

" Moya Hughes joined CúChulainn guides in September 2015 as an eager yet shy and timid Pathfinder who didn't say more than a handful of words the entire year. 

Her confidence has grown year on year and now we joke that we did TOO much for her confidence as she doesn't stop talking! 

Her enthusiasm is infectious and she is always willing to help; be it at weekly Guide or Brownie meetings, on camps, and even on our recent guide trip to London." 

"Melody Craig-Boyle started her guiding adventure as a ladybird and she enjoys team building activities, camping and earning badges.

She has attended local, regional camps as well as IGGnite, and as an Innovator she took part in the Lego Robotics at Camp Saunderson. 

Melody has a strong work ethic, she was a patrol leader for 2 years and earned over 40 interest badges in Guides." 

Congratulating all of the award recipients, IGG President Maureen Murphy said, “It is a privilege to be here today to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of our Trail Blazers who have all shown commitment in completing the challenges and, in doing so, putting your individual footprint on your tasks. You are inspirational, you will inspire younger members and take your learning and experiences gained into your communities and wider society.” 

IGG’s Honorary Ambassador Dr Niamh Shaw said she was “especially excited” to attend the National Guide Awards to celebrate and acknowledge all the recipients’ outstanding achievements and contributions to the Irish Girl Guides. “I want you to keep contributing your very best to everything you pursue in life because you are our future, Ireland's future,” she said. 

“We can create any future we want if we dream big enough and work hard enough,” she continued. “I can already see that working hard comes easy to you all, so nothing can possibly stop you from becoming whatever you want in your life.” 

Cora Stronge-Smith, Assistant Chair of IGG Guide Branch, said that without the hard work and commitment of the 135 girls there would be no celebrations: “This award is made in recognition of the successful completion of a series of challenges, including teamwork activities, outdoor survival skills, community service, global awareness and working with younger members of Irish Girl Guides to help them develop confidence, independence and essential life-skills. 

“We are delighted for you all and we all know that you have worked to your fullest potential to receive this award and hope you continue to use many of the life-skills you have achieved wherever life takes you in the future.” 

Irish Girl Guides welcomes new members from age 5+ and volunteer leaders from age 18+. Previous experience of Guiding is not necessary. To find out more, see www.irishgirlguides.ie. Tel: 01 6683898.

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