Welcome to our new President!

Carlow Leader, Maureen Murphy, has been appointed IGG’s new President.

Maureen has been involved with Guiding since her teens when a Brownie pack opened in her home community of Norwich, England. Her first role was as Tawny Owl.

Since joining IGG in 1972, she has held many roles, including Leader with Sleaty Guides, Graiguecullen, Carlow, Regional Commissioner for the South East and co-ordinator for accreditation of volunteer Leaders.

“Being nominated for President was a great honour that I never envisaged,” Maureen told Council on 1 April 2017. “To represent Irish Girl Guides, which is a forward thinking, vibrant movement for girls and women, is an exceptional role to be given and I will enjoy the challenge it presents.”

Development through guiding

Maureen said she had always felt that, whatever she put into Guiding, had been returned a hundredfold. “I have found friendship, fun and a huge sense of satisfaction in playing a small role in enabling the girls and women I worked alongside to achieve for themselves their full potential,” she said.

“Guiding is a safe environment that provides an up-to-date evolving programme full of variety that keeps the girls and their development central. I have so many memories of new and good experiences – from taking a group of Sleaty Guides to International Camp, to hosting a Guider from Georgia on an exchange visit and having the opportunity and confidence to go to third-level education in Youth and Community Work. Also, the fun and laughter at the weekly meetings.”

“Guiding for me has been – and is – special. It is non-competitive, it encourages service to others, it has world-wide connections and it gives a sense of belonging. Maybe that is why the day I was made President eight others received 50 year service awards.”

Outgoing President, Maureen Dillon, was thanked at Council by Chief Commissioner Helen Concannon for her six years’ service as President. During this time she represented IGG at over 100 events.