For the first time Scouting Ireland will have an active leader taking part in the Rose of Tralee this year. Chloe McGrath who has been selected as the Waterford Rose is an active leader with the 18th Waterford (Ferrybank) Scout Group. Chloe is a 23 year old Primary School teacher working as a resource teacher, supporting children with special needs in Waterford Educate Together National School. She graduated from Mary Immaculate College in 2016 with a Batchelor of Education degree and music specialism.
Growing up Chloe had two passions Scouting and Music. In Scouting she started as a cub scout at the age of nine with the Ferrybank group and it quickly became a major part of her life. Throughout the years she has led patrols in the ‘Phoenix’ All-Ireland Scoutcraft Competitions which utilises the scouting skills of first aid, campcraft, map and compass and backwoods cooking just to mention a few. On the musical side she has not alone taken part but produced musicals for the National Scout Show in recent years. The Scout Show is held annually over three days in Dublin.
She is now a leader with her local group and also assists in the organising of National Scout events. I have no doubt that with a 50,000 strong membership in Scouting Ireland that many will be cheering for the Waterford Rose regardless of their own county affiliations when the Rose of Tralee appears on our screens in August.