Local Scouts In Vanguard of 1916 Rising Celebrations

ScoutsPictured are members of the 164th Dublin Brackenstown Scout Group, as they got the 1916 celebrations underway early, with a 1916 Rising Camp in Newbridge House, Donabate.

The Chief Scout and Donabate man, Christy McCann and County Mayor, Cllr David O’Connor, were present to witness events as Scouts from Fingal Scout County got the 1916 celebrations underway early, with a 1916 Rising Camp in Newbridge House, Donabate. Scouts on the Camp rose early before sunrise on Sunday morning, 20th March to hear the Proclamation read from the steps of the house by 2nd Lieutenant Daniel Stott from the Reserve Defence Forces, 2nd Cavalry Squadron.
The Defence Forces’ detachment then presented the Chief Scout, Christy McCann with a Tricolour, which was the raised to the strains of Amhrán na bhFiann played by a lone piper, Liam Clare from the Black Raven Pipe Band, as the sun rose on a chilly morning.
Once the tricolour had been raised, a tricolour and a commemorative copy of the Proclamation was presented to each Scout Group by the Chief Scout and the Mayor. The tricolours are being provided by the Defence Forces to every Scout Group in the country. Also presented to each group was a commemorative scout neckerchief and a badge for each scout on the camp. Officer of the Day, Scout Leader, David Clarke from Rush presented the Mayor and the Chief Scout with a framed copy of “Lament for Thomas Ashe” which was written to commemorate Thomas Ashe, a local participant in the 1916 Rising and was a member of the Black Raven Pipe Band. Thanking the scouts of Fingal, the Mayor said that he was delighted to be a part of the scouting celebrations in the county and pledged continued support for the scout movement in the county by the Council. The Chief Scout speaking to the assembled scouts thanked the Mayor, acknowledged the support of Fingal County Council, it’s councillors and officials particularly in the Parks Department for the support that they continually give to all scout groups across the county. In a surprise move, the Chief Scout presented camp organiser, David Clarke from 38th Dublin Rush Scout Group with his Gold Merit award for exceptional services to Scouting over may years.