Irish Girl Guides Visit Áras an Uachtaráin

Ladybirds, Brownies, Guides and Leaders Visit President Higgins

April 10, 2012: For Immediate Release

Today fifty members and leaders of the Irish Girl Guides visited Áras an Uachtaráin to meet President Michael D. Higgins. The Irish Girl Guides celebrated their Centenary in 2011 and presented President Higgins with a Centenary Rose and an IGG history book during the visit.

President Higgins gave brief remarks and told the group about his daughter, who was a member of the Irish Girl Guides when she was younger. He remembered her time as an Irish Girl Guide fondly. He explained to the members and leaders present that his daughter’s experience with the Irish Girl Guides was one of his first introductions to our caring for and protecting our environment.

The Irish Girl Guides members in attendance ranged in age from 6-year-old Ladybirds to teenage Senior Branch members. They travelled with their adult leaders from as far as Donegal, Galway and Limerick.  They were met by the President’s aides de camp, who gave the group a tour of Áras an Uachtaráin and even helped the Ladybirds and Brownies re-enact the protocol the President follows when greeting foreign heads of state.

As a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the Irish Girl Guides are today celebrating the 100th day of the 101st year of Guiding worldwide. The occasion will be forever marked in the history of the Irish Girl Guides by today’s visit to meet President Higgins.

For more information on the Irish Girl Guides or to schedule an interview, please contact Emily Westbrooks on 01 668 3898 or 085 857 0565. Alternatively, she can be reached by email at

Irish Girl Guides has over 11,000 members ranging in age from 5 to 21 years, and provides many opportunities for Young and Adult Leaders. Guiding started in Ireland in 1911 and operates throughout the country with volunteer leaders providing an educational programme of challenging activities which encourages members to acquire the confidence and skills to be responsible citizens of tomorrow.