Irish Girl Guides are delighted to be hosting Ireland’s biggest ever international Guide camp this summer. 1,800 Girl Guides from all around the world are expected to take part in the outdoor camp in the grounds of Rockwell College, Tipperary, from 30 July to 6 August 2017. Read more here.
Irish Girl Guides (IGG) has named blogger, social commentator and Alternative Miss Ireland, Sinéad Burke, as its Honorary Ambassador for 2017 in recognition of the trail she has blazed for Irish women. Ms Burke, who is also known by her alter ego Minnie Mélange, was presented with a Trailblazer Award by IGG President Maureen Dillon at the organisation’s annual Council meeting. Read more here.
Carlow Leader, Maureen Murphy, has been appointed new President of Irish Girl Guides. Read more here.
Irish Girl Guides' Assistant Chief Commissioner, Jenna Goodwin, had the honour of representing 10 million Girl Guides at the 61st Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Jenna Goodwin was one of 11 young women from around the world representing the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts at CSW61. Read more here.
Women will not reach economic parity with men until 2133 if the current rate of progress continues, according to the World Economic Forum. The Irish Girl Guides say this is not soon enough and are joining the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in calling for transformative change to take place within the current generation of girls and young women. Read more here.
Irish Girl Guides congratulates its former Chief Commissioner, Jillian van Turnhout, on being awarded the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the President of the French Republic. Read more here.
Miss International Ireland, Katherine Gannon, has given her thumbs up to the Girl Guides’ Free Being Me body confidence campaign, which is empowering young people across Ireland to speak out and challenge body image myths. Gannon, a 25-year-old model from Galway, believes that health and happiness should always come first. Read more here.
A whopping 84,000 Good Turns will be carried out by Irish Girl Guides members throughout Ireland this week. Girls from age 5+ will voluntarily tidy up their toys, pick up litter, or say something nice to cheer up a friend, while older girls will complete a range of kind acts – from offering to get groceries for an elderly neighbour, packing Christmas presents for those in need, donating blood or supporting a charity. Read more here.
Sixty-eight members of Irish Girl Guides received the Trail Blazer National Guide Award - the organisation’s highest Girl Guide award - at a special ceremony in Croke Park yesterday. Read more here.
The countdown to next year’s international Guide camp at Rockwell College, Tipperary, is underway following yesterday’s launch at Irish Girl Guides’ CONNECT Family Fun Day. Read more here.
Fifteen young women from around the country have today (Monday 8 August) donned their rucksacks and will be hiking 60 kilometres in Co Kerry over the next five days while carrying all their camping and cooking equipment, clothes, food and water and surviving on just €3.50 a day. Read more here.
IGG members have trekked 40,000km in the past six months – the same distance as walking the entire way around the globe! Girls, young women and volunteer Leaders from 200 IGG units around the country took part in the Global Trek. Some walked around their neighbourhoods and local parks while others hiked in forests, around lakes, up mountains and on overseas Girl Guide trips. Read more here.
A Navan Girl Guide won the Youth Award at the Irish Traveller Movement’s Traveller Pride Awards, which were held yesterday (1 June 2016) in the Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. Last November Mary-Kate Nevin became the first Traveller girl to win the Irish Girl Guides' prestigious Gold Award in recognition of the contribution she had made to her local community. Read more here.
Irish Girl Guides has been awarded a 5th Gold Health Quality Mark by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) in recognition of its high standard of health promotion. Read more here.
Irish Girl Guides' members have trekked 20,000 kilometres in less than three months - the same distance as walking from the North Pole to the South Pole. Girls from age 5+ took part in the North to South Pole Trek, which saw 12,000 members throughout Ireland hiking in their neighbourhoods, in parks, in forests, up mountains, around lakes, on beaches and on overseas Guide trips. Read more here.
Irish Girl Guides has named former Supreme Court judge, Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness, as its Honorary Ambassador for 2016 in recognition of the trail she has blazed for Irish women during her lifetime. Read more here.
Thousands of members of Irish Girl Guides throughout the 26 counties are getting into the spirit of Ireland 2016 by working towards their Irish Culture and Traditions badge. Girls from age five upwards are learning Irish folk songs, jigs and reels, discovering Irish legends, talking about their hobbies as Gaeilge and trying their hand at traditional Irish recipes, like boxty and soda bread. Read more here.
GIRL GUIDES URGE NEW TDs TO STEP UP ACTION FOR GENDER EQUALITY
Irish Girl Guides (IGG) is calling on the 158 newly-elected TDs to step up action for gender equality. At the current rate of progress, gender equality will not be reached worldwide until 2133, according to the World Economic Forum. This is simply not soon enough, says IGG, whose 12,000 members are joining with UN Women and the 10 million other Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide calling on all countries to step up action to reach a world of gender equality by 2030. Read more here.
12,000 IRISH GIRL GUIDES CONNECT WITH 10 MILLION GUIDES ACROSS THE GLOBE
The 12,000 members of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) are joining 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 146 countries across the globe in celebrating the meaningful connections that make for better lives. ‘Connect’ is the theme of this year’s World Thinking Day (22nd February) – a day when Girl Guides across the globe give thanks for the international friendships they enjoy through the Guiding movement and raise money for underprivileged communities in developing countries. Read more here.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES MEMBERS ARE 'TORCH BEARERS FOR A BETTER FUTURE'
Irish Girl Guides launched its Strategic Plan 2016-2020 today [7th February 2016] emphasising its focus over the next four years on supporting girls and young women to develop life skills that will see them become "torch bearers for a better future". IGG's blueprint for action, which is underpinned by the organisation's tagline 'giving girls confidence', is to empower girls and women to develop to their full potential and become active and responsible citizens. Read more here.
HIGHEST NUMBER EVER RECEIVE IRISH GIRL GUIDES' GOLD AWARD
A record number of girls received Irish Girl Guides’ highest award at a special ceremony in Dublin’s Gresham Hotel today [21st November 2015]. 140 girls aged 14-15 travelled from every corner of the country to receive the prestigious Gold Award in recognition of their successful accomplishment of a number of challenges. These included service to their local community, improving health and fitness, developing a variety of interests and acquiring new life-skills. Read more here.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES AND GAISCE - THE PRESIDENT'S AWARD LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG WOMEN TO REACH FOR THE SUN, MOON AND STARS!
Gaisce - the President’s Award and Irish Girl Guides (IGG) have launched a partnership to encourage young women to reach for the sun, moon and stars! Recognising the similarities between their award schemes for young people, the two organisations decided to join forces with the aim of encouraging greater numbers of girls and young women to undertake challenges and activities that will help them become confident, active and responsible citizens. Click here to read more.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES & WORLD VISION CELEBRATE GIRLS' EDUCATION ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL
Young Scientist winner and Irish Girl Guides (IGG) volunteer, 17-year-old Emer Hickey from Kinsale, Co Cork, joined members of IGG and World Vision celebrating the importance of girls' education at a special event the two organisations held today in the Irish Film Institute, Dublin, to mark International Day of the Girl [11th October]. Read more here.
TODAY'S GIRL GUIDES SET TO BECOME THE 'TRAILBLAZERS' OF TOMORROW
The 12,000 members of the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) will develop and grow in confidence, resilience and emotional well-being as they embark on their “impressive” new programme, according to Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan. Click here to read more.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
The Irish Girl Guides play a significant role in global development, according to the Chair of the board of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Nicola Grinstead, who addressed over 200 Irish Girl Guides (IGG) leaders at their annual national conference, held in the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport, described the organization as “a driving force” in the global Guiding movement. Read more here.
GIRL GUIDES TO CELEBRATE BODY CONFIDENCE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Girl Guides throughout Ireland are preparing to mark International Women’s Day next Sunday 8th March by challenging myths about body image and by celebrating their varying body shapes. Three hundred Guide leaders have been trained to deliver the ground-breaking Free Being Me programme, which empowers young people to speak out and challenge body image myths. Read more here.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES PROMOTE PEACE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP
Members of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) across Ireland will join 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the world in promoting peace through partnership this coming weekend. 12,000 girls and women from age five upwards will take part in games, activities and ceremonies focussing on the eighth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) – ‘Develop a Global Partnership for Development’. Read more here.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES GIVES 600 TECHY CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Christmas has come early for Irish Girl Guides leaders in the form of a brand new online unit management system, which allows leaders to keep track of their girls’ attendance, progress & achievements in Guiding at the click of a button on their smartphone or tablet. Read more here.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES BREAK THE SILENCE ON GENDER-RELATED VIOLENCE
Heads turned in Donnybrook at lunchtime today [25th November] when Irish Girl Guides members cycled through the streets trailing helium-filled balloons. The four purple balloons and one silver balloon tied to each bicycle represented the fact that one in five women in Ireland will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Read more here.
COUNCIL OF IRISH GUIDING ASSOCIATIONS TO ENCOURAGE 16,000 IRISH GIRLS TO CHALLENGE BODY MYTHS
The Council of Irish Guiding Associations (CIGA) today announced the roll-out of a ground-breaking programme to empower young people across Ireland to speak out and challenge body image myths. Click here to read more.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL BY THINKING POSITIVE
Thousands of Irish Girl Guides members are thinking positive in the run up to International Day of the Girl (11th October) by celebrating their many attributes. Click here to read more.
RECORD NUMBER OF GIRL GUIDES RECEIVE GOLD AWARDS!
Eighty-six members of the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) received Gold Awards – the highest award in Guiding – at a special ceremony in Dublin’s Gresham Hotel today [27th September]. Click here to read more.
Lunchtime shoppers in Whitewater Shopping Centre, Newbridge, were taken by surprise when 50 Brownies treated them to a dance display in the mall yesterday [Sunday 14th September]. Following the lead of local dance enthusiast and Irish Girl Guides (IGG) leader Áine Foley, the Newbridge, Lily and River Bank Brownies took part in an energetic dance routine to the soundtrack of Jessie J's It's My Party. Click here to read more.
Drogheda teacher Lorna Finnegan is on a mission to help girls and young women become confident and active citizens who are committed to making the world a better place. Lorna, a physical education teacher at Scoil Uí Mhuirí in Dunleer, devotes much of her spare time to Guiding and, as International Commissioner of the Irish Girl Guides (IGG), recently attended the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)’ 35th World Conference in Hong Kong. Read more.
Ten young women are currently taking part in Irish Girl Guides’ toughest challenge, which sees them living on €3.50 a day while hiking 60km and carrying all their camping and cooking equipment, clothes, food and water. The plucky youngsters, most of whom are in their teens, also have to complete eight projects and keep a log book of their experiences during the five-day Chief Commissioner’s Award [August 3-9 2014]. Read more.
3,500 members of the Irish Girl Guides descended on Dublin Zoo today [Saturday 12th April] to celebrate the Brownie centenary. Brownies – the branch of Irish Girl Guides that caters for 6.5 to 10.5 years – started in Newbridge, Co Kildare, in 1914. The movement quickly spread throughout the country and today 4,000 girls in Ireland enjoy taking part in activities, games and challenges that help them develop self-confidence and a range of life skills. Read more.
Three thousand Brownies will travel from every corner of the country to attend a mega Brownie centenary birthday bash in Dublin Zoo on Saturday 12th April. Brownies - thebranch of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) that caters for girls aged 6.5 – 10.5 years - started in Newbridge, Co Kildare, in 1914 and today there are 4,000 Brownies in Ireland. Read more.
As part of celebrations marking 100 years of Brownies in Ireland, a nationwide search is being mounted for Ireland's oldest Brownie. The branch of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) for 6.5-10.5 year-olds, the Brownies started in Newbridge, Co Kildare, in 1914 and today there are 4,000 Brownies the length and breadth of the country. Read more.
Members of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) are this week learning about the second Millennium Development Goal – to achieve universal primary education.Girls and young women from age five to 26 are taking part in games and activities in preparation for World Thinking Day - Saturday 22nd February – when 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts throughout the world will focus on the theme “Education opens doors for boys and girls”. Read more.
Three budding journalists from the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) were thrilled to visit Leinster House at the invitation of Senator Jillian van Turnhout. The girls each won their category in a recent IGG competition that asked members to write an article and take a photo of a Guiding event. Read more.
At the start of the Brownie Centenary, BT and European Young Scientist of the Year 2013 winner, Emer Hickey, is encouraging girls to give Guiding a go! The sixteen-year-old student from Kinsale Community School has never looked back since joining Kinsale Brownies at the age of seven. She moved on to Kinsale Guides when she was 10 and in 2012 helped set up Abbey Rangers Senior Branch for girls who, like herself, were too old for Guides but didn’t want to leave! Read more.
Girls and women throughout Ireland are raising their voices against violence as part of a new campaign adopted today [30th November] by the Irish Girl Guides (IGG). Read more.
A 22-year-old Irish Girl Guides (IGG) leader from Dublin has become the first Irish person to complete a marathon on crutches. Liz O'Brien completed today's Dublin Marathon in just under eight hours 30 minutes. Read more.
Nine hundred members of the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) braved the elements last Saturday [19th October 2013] to enjoy the great outdoors at Glendalough. Ladybirds, Brownies and Guides from throughout the Eastern Region, along with their leaders, took part in the Branching Out Day. Read more.
All around Ireland members of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) will proudly take the lead to mark International Day of the Girl. IGG has signed up to The Girl Declaration – a global call to action to put girls at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda – which will be presented to the UN tomorrow. Read more.
Sixty-nine members of the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) received a prestigious Gold Award from Dublin Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn, and IGG President, Maureen Dillon. Read more.
Fourteen young women donned backpacks on Achill Island, Co Mayo, to take part in Guiding’s toughest challenge. The Chief Commissioner’s Award involves a 60km hike over five days with eight projects to complete. Read more.
Irish Girl Guides (IGG) has just celebrated the 5th birthday of one of its most unique units – the Crumlin Hospital Girl Guide Unit. The unit for patients of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, in Dublin, which first started in July 2008, is the only Guide unit in the country to meet in a hospital. Read more.
Irish Girl Guides (IGG) has achieved a Gold Standard Health Quality Mark from the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) for the fourth time! IGG was the first national volunteer-led youth organization to achieve this standard in 2003 and it has succeeded in retaining it ever since, with monitoring checks held every three years. Read more.
Irish Girl Guides say the opportunity has arrived to remove brothels, pimps and traffickers from our communities following the publication of recommendations by the Oireachtas Justice Committee. Read more.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES WELCOME IN THE SUMMER WITH A NATIONAL SKIPATHON!
Thousands of girls and young women will take to the streets, parks and shopping centres of Ireland over the next week to welcome in the summer as part of a National Skipathon organised by the Irish Girl Guides (IGG). Read more.
'WE CAN CHANGE OUR WORLD', SAYS NEW IRISH GIRL GUIDES CHIEF COMMISSIONER
“We can change our world,” the new Irish Girl Guides (IGG) Chief Commissioner said today [Saturday 13th April]. “We can give our girls confidence to create change, however small or big those changes are.” Read more.
CORK GIRL GUIDE HELPS VIVIENNE WESTWOOD CHOOSE WINNING DESIGN FOR NORTH POLE FLAG
Dame Vivienne Westwood, the world-renowned fashion designer, has selected the winning flag design that will be planted on the seabed at the North Pole in April, closing the global competition run by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Greenpeace. Aishah Morshed, a Girl Guide from Cork, had the privilege of helping Westwood choose the winning design. Read more.
IRISH GIRL GUIDES TO FOCUS ON CHILD MORTALITY AND MATERNAL HEALTH ON WORLD THINKING DAY
Members of the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) will join Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide to learn about child mortality and maternal health on World Thinking Day (22 February 2013). The themes of ‘together we can save children’s lives’ and ‘every mother’s life and health is precious’ are based on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5. Read more.