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  • Northside East

Scout group calls for help

Friday, 15th September, 2017 1:00pm
Scout group calls for help

The 92nd Dublin Clontarf St Anthony’s Scout Group’s premises on Castle Grove.

Scout group calls for help

The 92nd Dublin Clontarf St Anthony’s Scout Group’s premises on Castle Grove.

A NORTHSIDE scout group is seeking help to ensure its survival as it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary. 

In 1967 the 92nd Dublin Clontarf St Anthony’s Scout Group opened its doors to youth members under the leadership of Dermot Noonan. 

Starting from a group of 17 young scouts, the group has evolved to become a very active group of approximately 60 children comprising scouts, cubs, beavers and a new venture group was formed in September. 

Now under the leadership of Group Leader Sean Cullen and Deputy Group Leader Liam Reid they have children ranging in age from six to 16. 

Kathleen Reid, from the 92nd Dublin Clontarf St Anthony’s Scout Group, told Northside People: “We have served thousands of young people and not so young. They were thought many scouting skills and life skills and hopefully brought up to be helpful citizens and took a positive place in society.

“The group was given a piece of land in 1971 by Irish Life on a 250-year lease on Castle Grove. 

“Eventually the Group Committee of that time erected a building which was essentially two married quarter bungalows purchased from an army base in Northern Ireland.   

“Renovation and refurbishment is a must if we are to continue giving our members the scouting journey and experience they have enjoyed over the past 50 years.” 

Last year the group replaced its roof but its walls also need replacing.  

“This will incur a great expense as they were fully asbestos-cladded roof and walls, which at the time did not create any difficulties,” said Ms Reid. 

“Now we have regulations coming at us from all sides, health and safety in particular, although the asbestos is low grade.  

 “As we look to the future we are in desperate need of funds to refurbish our den so we can continue to provide a safe place for our young people to enjoy a sense of fun and adventure and learn new life skills.” 

The 92nd Dublin Clontarf St Anthony’s Scout Group needs to raise in the region of €40,000 to undertake the work needed. 

“We are therefore appealing for financial donations to assist us to refurbish our den,” added Ms Reid.   

“A financial donation, no matter how small, would be a great help to us.” 

If you can help  please do so at:  Permanent TSB Raheny. The Account number is: 00197801 and the Sort code is 990640.  The IBAN is IE37IPBS99064000197801
Meanwhile, this Saturday, September 16, Chief Scout of Ireland, Christy McCann, will join the 50th anniversary celebrations.
Former St Anthony's Scout Group leaders are welcome to attend between 2pm and 4pm to share stories and memories and any photographs they may have of the group. 

Separately, the 92nd Dublin Clontarf St Anthony’s Scout Group is also appealing for leaders in all sections, but particularly, the younger Beaver section (age 6-9) who meet on Tuesday nights. Anybody over 18 who wants to be part of a fun and vibrant group and who enjoys a sense of comradeship and adventure is invited to call down and meet group leader Sean Cullen any Wednesday between 7.30pm and 9pm.


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