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Trailblazing Teenage Girls Represent Spirit of Outdoors, Learning Life Skills, Gaining Confidence

Trailblazing Teenage Girls Represent Spirit of Outdoors, Learning Life Skills, Gaining Confidence

Over 130 members of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) travelled to the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise, Co. Laois, this Saturday to be presented with the highest honour a Guide can receive – the Trail Blazer Award – at a special ceremony.

These girls aged 14-15 have arrived from all over the country, bringing their families and Guide Leaders to witness the event that marks the pinnacle of their time in Guiding. Each girl received a Trail Blazer gold pin from IGG President Deirdre Henley and a National Guide Award certificate from IGG Chief Commissioner Amanda O’Sullivan.

IGG President Deirdre Henley admired the strength and determination these Girl Guides have demonstrated. “They are an inspiration to girls everywhere. By demonstrating their commitment to Guiding and taking on the many challenges and projects involved, they are better prepared to make a positive influence on their communities and society as a whole.”

Carina Egan, Chair of the Guide Branch of IGG and organiser of the event, stressed the importance of working hard. “These girls stand tall and are true trailblazers,” she said. “I have been honoured to be a part of celebrating and acknowledging the dedication on display and these girls’ achievements. By completing a series of challenges that stress teamwork, the outdoors, our communities, global citizenship, and mentoring those younger than them, these Guides have developed confidence and independence that will carry with them for years.”

Chief Commissioner of IGG, Amanda O’Sullivan, echoed these sentiments. “I am delighted for everyone here,” she said. “It has been an honour and a privilege to watch them grow and to become strong, independent young women. They embody the true spirit of Guiding and represent the best of Irish Girl Guides.”

Irish Girl Guides welcomes members from age 5+ and volunteer Leaders from age 18+. To find out more, see www.irishgirlguides.ie or tel: 01 6683898.