The 17TH/51st Cork (Blackrock) Scout group were honoured to receive the Chief Scout, Christy McCann, as their Guest of Honour at their Investiture and special awards ceremony on Sunday last. The ceremony took place in Blackrock Hurling Club and was attended by 100 youth members, their families and friends. Also in attendance was County Commissioner Richard Pumphrey, and friends of Blackrock Scouting from far and wide including Eddie Darcy, who travelled from Balbriggan for this special event.
Top on the day’s agenda was the honouring of two stalwarts of Blackrock Scouting, Kay O’ Callaghan and Kieran Horgan who were both presented with the Order of Cu Chulainn. This is the premier award that can be bestowed on an adult in Scouting. Both were also presented with 40 year service awards.
In honouring Kay, the Chief Scout noted that Kay has had an amazing influence on many, many young members who have passed through the Beaver colony over the last 30 years. She has given dedicated service to scouting at local, county and National level and always goes above and beyond what is required or expected. Kay has served as Assistant Regional Commissioner for Beaver Scouts and has been instrumental in setting up Beaver colonies in many of the groups in the Cork South Country and Region. Leaders from these groups would attend Kay’s own Beaver meetings to train for the running of their own group. During her time as ARC for Beaver Scouts, Kay also became involved in the Beaver Advisory team under Frances Dowling and took part in training courses running various Beaver sessions. Kay has indeed proved herself to be a true scouter, always prepared to help out in whatever way she could, to whoever needs assistance, whether it be Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts/Macaoimh, Scout or Venture section, in her own group or any other group.
Kieran Horgan was also commended for his dedication to scouting. As a young leader Kieran was quick to embrace the core principals of Scouting, in particular the Scout Promise and Law. His personal qualities being reflected in the Scout Law ‘To Help others at all times’ Kieran has always promoted and provided a quality scouting programme to the youth members under his care and has been a true champion of scouting in Blackrock. Kieran has served as Assistant Regional Commissioner for Camping in the past and as Cub Scout County Programme co-ordinator. In this role, Kieran has frequently supported and mentored new groups and new leaders inviting them to attend his meetings and offering support and guidance on their scouting journey. This magical quality has enabled Kieran to fuse young and old together, to create a true Scouting Spirit in Cork Scouting.
On this special day, the Blackrock Scout Group also launched its new group neckerchief, and for the first time invested female members into the Beaver, Cub and Scout sections. The Chief Scout was also delighted to present the Chief Scout Award to Beaver Scouts Rory O Neill, Oisin Finucane and Darragh Walsh. Group leader Kevin Hickey called on the County Commissioner Richard Pumphrey to present service awards to Eoin Clune and Jessica Quinn (5 Years) Stacey Quinn (10 Years), Val Quigley (20 years) and Ger Callanan (30 Years) and Harry Kidney (40 Years)
Well Done to all in Blackrock. It is clear that the great tradition of scouting is going from strength to strength.