135 Guides blaze a trail to Croke Park!

Congratulations to the 135 Guides who received the Trail Blazer National Guide Award – Irish Girl Guides’ highest award – at a special ceremony in Croke Park on 12 October 2019!

The 135 girls aged 14-15 travelled from all corners of the country to receive the award and, with their families and Guide Leaders, celebrate reaching the pinnacle of Guiding.

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

Congratulating the 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.”

Carol Stanley, 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.”

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