IGG Press Releases

2014 Press Releases

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.

 

BROWNIES KICK OFF THE GUIDING YEAR WITH A FLASHMOB!

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 DUO LEAD THE WAY FOR GIRLS ALL OVER THE WORLD 

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 TACKLE GUIDING'S TOUGHEST CHALLENGE

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 IRISH GIRL GUIDES CELEBRATE CENTENARY IN BROWNIES' BRILLIANT BIRTHDAY BASH

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.


BROWNIES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF LENDING A HAND

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.


THE SEARCH IS ON FOR IRELAND'S OLDEST BROWNIE!

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.


IRISH GIRL GUIDES STRIVE FOR UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION

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.


BUDDING JOURNALISTS ENJOY WINNERS' TOUR OF LEINSTER HOUSE WITH AUTHOR SARAH WEBB

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.


YOUNG SCIENTIST EMER ENCOURAGES GIRLS TO GIVE GUIDING A GO!

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.


2013 Press Releases

IRISH GIRL GUIDES RAISE THEIR VOICES AGAINST VIOLENCE

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.


IRISH GIRL GUIDES LEADER IS FIRST IRISH PERSON TO COMPLETE A MARATHON ON CRUTCHES

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.


900 IRISH GIRL GUIDES CELEBRATE THE GREAT OUTDOORS IN GLENDALOUGH

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.


IRISH GIRL GUIDES CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL BY PUTTING GIRLS IN THE LEAD

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.


GUIDING STARS RECEIVE GOLD AWARDS!

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 TAKE ON GUIDING'S TOUGHEST CHALLENGE!

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.


CRUMLIN HOSPITAL GUIDE UNIT CELEBRATES ITS 5TH BITHDAY!

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 ACHIEVE GOLD HEALTH QUALITY MARK FOR 4TH TIME!

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 WANT TDS TO ACT ON PROSTITUTION RECOMMENDATIONS

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.


2012 Press Releases

MEMBERS OF THE IRISH GIRL GUIDES VISIT ÁRAS AN UACHTARÁIN FOR GARDEN PARTY WITH PRESIDENT HIGGINS

On Tuesday July 3rd, five girls from the Irish Girl Guides attended a reception hosted by President Higgins for young people. The reception was planned to celebrate their contribution in building a creative, inclusive society. President Higgins invited the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) to join other youth organisations from around the country. Read more.

 

Howth Brownies design Birthday Cards for World Vision Ireland

Members of the Howth Brownies designed birthday cards for World Vision Ireland, which will be sent out to every single one of their supporters to complete for their sponsored child/children. A representative from World Vision Ireland came out to Howth while the girls were designing the birthday cards. Read More.