“On My Honour I Will Try…” Scouting in Carlow, 90 Years Growing

September 2019

Carlow County Museum and 5th Carlow (Town) Scouts present a new exhibition:

“On My Honour I Will Try…”

Scouting in Carlow, 90 Years Growing

Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some but for Carlow County Museum it proved to be a lucky September day to launch their new exhibition with the 5th Carlow (Town) Scouts  “On My Honour I Will Try…” Scouting in Carlow, 90 Years Growing.

a group of people smiling at a young girl as she cuts a ribbon

Cutting the ribbon on our new exhibition

It was standing room only as over 150 invited guests attended the launch of the new exhibition which explores the growth, development and evolution of Scouting in Carlow, right through to the present day. Dermot Mulligan, Curator of Carlow County Museum opened the event by welcoming everyone who had turned out to support the launch. The Scouts were out in full force with all ages represented, with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venture Scouts and Rover Scouts all decked out in their uniforms.

Speeches by Cllr. John Pender, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council and Cllr. Fergal Browne, Chairperson of the Board of Carlow County Museum, acknowledged the growth and development of the Scouts in Carlow. The founding of Scouting began in England when Robert Baden-Powell held the first Scout Camp in 1907. The movement spread worldwide and in 1929 the 1st Carlow Troop was established. 90 years later the 5th Carlow Town Scout Group is still going strong with a membership of approximately 200.

Presenting a special 90th Anniversary Neckerchief to Cllr. John Pender

Presenting a special 90th Anniversary Neckerchief to Cllr. John Pender

Gale Scanlon, Group Leader of the 5th Carlow (Town) Scouts, along with Brendan Hoyne, County Commissioner, made surprise presentations to Kevin Murphy, Provincial Commissioner, Seán Scanlon, former Group Leader of the 5th Carlow Scouts, and Colin Whelan, Chairperson of the 5th Carlow Scouts, for long-term service to Scouting, and each received a huge round of applause in recognition for their work, dedication and commitment to the movement. There was also a special presentation of ‘90th Anniversary’ neckerchiefs made to guests, including Maureen Murphy, President of the Irish Girl Guides, Andrea D’Alton, Mayor of the Municipal District, Fr. Ger Ahern, former Chaplin to the 5th Carlow (Town) Scouts, and other Scout leaders.

Leading the room in a round of 'I want to Scout until I'm 73' are (L-R) Colin Whelan and Seán Farrell

Leading the room in a round of ‘I want to Scout until I’m 73’ are (L-R) Colin Whelan and Seán Farrell

 

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Scout event without a song or two! Colin Whelan and Seán Farrell led the audience in a rousing rendition of “I want to Scout until I’m 73”. Finally, a special 90th Birthday Cake was presented to celebrate the historic achievement of the Scouts in Carlow!

 

 

 

The special exhibition “On My Honour I Will Try…” Scouting in Carlow, 90 Years Growing is currently on display in Carlow County Museum in the O’ Hanrahan Gallery. The Museum is open 6 days a week from 10am-4.30pm. Admission to both the museum and the exhibition is free.

Gathered in front of the Pulpit in Carlow County Museum