Galway girls receive highest Girl Guide award

Members of Cairde Girl Guides, Carnmore, pictured at the Irish Girl Guides’ national guide awards in Croke Park. From left: IGG president Maureen Murphy, Cairde guide leader Anita Naughton Clarke, Aibhe Berry Howard, Shauna Freeney, Aoife Clarke, Alyssa Laffey, Cairde guide leader, Anne Sture, and IGG chief commissioner Helen Concannon.

Members of Cairde Girl Guides, Carnmore, pictured at the Irish Girl Guides’ national guide awards in Croke Park. From left: IGG president Maureen Murphy, Cairde guide leader Anita Naughton Clarke, Aibhe Berry Howard, Shauna Freeney, Aoife Clarke, Alyssa Laffey, Cairde guide leader, Anne Sture, and IGG chief commissioner Helen Concannon.

Five Galway teenagers received Irish Girl Guides’ highest award – the trail blazer national guide award – at a special ceremony on Saturday.

Aibhe Berry Howard, Aoife Clarke, Shauna Freeney, and Alyssa Laffey of Cairde Girl Guides, Carnmore, and Xiao Yin Redmond of St Nicholas’ Guides, Waterside, were among 107 girls from around the country to blaze a trail to Croke Park with their proud families and guide leaders to celebrate reaching the pinnacle of Guiding.

Each Girl Guide received a trail blazer gold pin and a national guide award certificate from Irish Girl Guides (IGG ) president Maureen Dillon and IGG chief commissioner Helen Concannon.

The national guide 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 IGG members to help them develop confidence, independence, and essential life-skills.

Presenting the awards, IGG president Maureen Murphy said: “All the recipients have worked hard on their own initiative and, in doing so, demonstrated self-motivation, commitment, and enthusiasm. Each girl has blazed a trail in her community to earn the award and I am sure will continue to blaze a trail not only in her own community, but in wider society too.”

Carol O’Brady, chair of IGG guide branch, said: “We are delighted to have 107 guides receive the national guide award today. In guiding, girls are awarded for doing their best and each one of you has done your best – working on your own initiative to carry out a series of challenges. You have worked hard to achieve what you set out to do and so we say a big well done to each and every one of you. We encourage you to dream big and to continue to strive to fulfil your potential.”

Congratulating the guides, IGG chief commissioner Helen Concannon said: “Well done to all of you for working to your fullest potential. We know that you will continue to use the life-skills you have developed for the benefit of the wider world. We are delighted that many of you are continuing to be involved in IGG as members of senior branch where you will continue to develop confidence and self-reliance as responsible citizens and have exciting opportunities to travel and represent IGG at international guide events.”

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