IGG Press Releases

2014 Press Releases

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.

 

Irish Girl Guides to Receive Highest Guiding Award

On Saturday, May 12th, sixty-two Irish Girl Guides will receive their Gold Awards, the highest award in the organisation. At 11:30am, at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin, the sixty-two girls from around the country will meet for the award presentation. Dublin Cllr. Dermot Lacey will be in attendance on the day. Read More... 

 

Irish Girl Guides Visit Áras an Uachtaráin

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. Read More....

 


MInister Joe Costello Launches GAT Resource


Minister Joe Costello launched the new Irish Girl Guides Millennium Development Goals Resource yesterday to over 150 IGG Leaders from around the country. Read more...


 

 

 

2011 Press Releases

 

Miners Way prepare as here come the GIRLS!

Over 20 members of the Irish Girl Guides are taking part in the Chief Commissioner’s Award 2011 expedition on the Miners Way and Historical Trail which will see the girls travelling through the hills and valleys of Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo. They will meander through the coal mining territory of the Arigna Mountains, tracing the ancient routes followed by the coal miners on their way to work. Read more...

Girl Guides take-over Thurles!

On the 7th of May 2011, the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) held a huge day fun to celebrate 100 years of changing lives here in Ireland. Over 6,200 girls and Leaders descended on Thurles, Co. Tipperary to join together for a day of exciting activities. Read more...

"Bailiú" National Centenary Celebrations

On the 7th of May 2011, the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) will hold the largest celebration fun day in its history, to celebrate 100 years of changing lives here in Ireland. Over 6,000 girls and Leaders will descend on Thurles, Co. Tipperary to join together for a day of great fun activities including a Guinness Book of World Records attempt. Read more... 

 International Women's Day

The Irish Girl Guides (IGG) pledge their support to celebrating the 100th year of International Women’s Day, which is on 8th of March 2011. This year is extra special for the Irish Girl Guides as well because we are also celebrating our centenary and 100 years of changing lives for girls and young women in Ireland. Read more...

Rose plants Roses for IGG Centenary

As the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) celebrates a hundred years of changing lives for girls and young women throughout Ireland, we mark this special occasion by planting a bed of Centenary Roses in St. Anne’s Rose Garden, Clontarf in Dublin, on the 22nd of February at 2.30pm. The roses will be planted by Niamh Sherlock, 2010 Dublin Rose with the assistance of IGG President Dilys Lindsay and a number of our youth members. Read more...

IGG donates 400 neckers to Bray Cancer Support Centre

The Irish Girl Guides (IGG) teamed up with Bray Cancer Support Centre by donating 400 of their neckerchiefs. IGG recently revamped their uniform, including the renowned neckerchiefs so it was decided to put the discontinued scarfs to good use. Read more...

Camp 101 is Launched

The Irish Girl Guides on Saturday 22nd January 2011, launched their International Camp, Camp 101, to be held at Lough Key Forest and Activity Park in July of 2012, at a special ceremony in the Park attended by guides from all over the country.

Camp Chief, Ms Maria Kidney, said that “Camp 101 will be a fantastic opportunity for the Irish Girl Guides – a time for us to celebrate the beginning of the next century of Guiding in Ireland. Read more...  

Irish Girl Guides kick off Centenary Celebrations

Over 700 members of the Irish Girl Guides and their Leaders gathered in Dublin’s RDS today to celebrate the launch of their centenary for 2011. Ranging in age from 5 to 95, they came together today to look back at the last hundred years and to get ready for the next hundred! The event marks the beginning of a whole year of planned activities to celebrate the Centenary. The audience was treated to a spectacular ceremony, including dancing, singing and traditional Irish music by young IGG members. Read more...

2010 Press Releases 

IGG celebrate new beginnings at national conference

180 volunteer Leaders from the Irish Girl Guides will come together this weekend for two days of training, sharing ideas, fun activities, interesting talks and of course lots of camaraderie with Guiding friends, old and new alike.
The Conference will also see the launch of their new history book “A Hundred Years A-Growing” written by volunteer Gillian Finan. The timing of the release is fitting as it comes ahead of the Irish Girl Guide’s Centenary celebrations in 2011. Read more...

IGG History Book

The Irish Girl Guides and Liberties Press are delighted to announce the timely publication of "A Hundred Years A-Growing: A History of the Irish Girl Guides" by Gillian Finan. Coinciding with the IGG centenary, this lavishly illustrated book, with images from the past 100 years, documents one of the best-known organisations in the country. Read more...

Irish Girl Guides Get a New Look!

Thinking Day 2010

February 22nd is a very special day for the Irish Girl Guides. On this day 10,000 IGG members around the country will celebrate their annual 'Thinking Day', along with 10 million other girls around the world. This special day marks the joint birthdays of Lord and Lady Baden- Powell who founded the Guiding and Scouting Movement. Read more...

The Irish Girl Guides were presented with a Gold Standard Health Quality Award at a recent training weekend for 150 Leaders in All Hallows College, Dublin. IGG is the only youth organisation in Ireland to receive a National Gold level Award. The award was presented by Deiniol Jones, Assistant Director of the NYCI. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Emer Costello, was their special guest on the day. Read more...

2009 Press Releases

IGG Taster Days

For two weeks in September the Irish Girl Guides ran ‘Give Guiding a Go’, Taster Days around Ireland from Ballybay, Co. Monaghan right down to Cork City, stopping in a different town each day. They ran free, fun-filled workshops which gave girls from throughout the community a chance to come and try out some Guiding activities. Read more...

Chief Commissioner's Award

As the Leaving Cert results arrived last week and future options began to unfold, 2 students were receiving their points in slightly more unusual circumstances than many of their friends. In various misty muddy fields or laneways around the Dingle Way walking trail, Orla Keady from Galway and Tracy Chambers from Cork and 12 other members of the Irish Girl Guides from Donegal, Dublin, Galway & Cork taking part in the Chief Commissioners Award 2009 expedition around the Dingle Peninsula. Read more...

IGG Road Safety Syllabus

The Irish Girl Guides Road Safety syllabus was shortlisted in the final 10 for the national ‘Connecting Communities’ awards scheme run by the Ombudsman for Children. It also received the title of ‘Category Winner’ in the Safer Communities category. The syllabus, which was launched in February 2009 was developed for Ladybirds, Guides and Senior Branch. Read more...

Gold Awards

Teens Glitter with Gold: 85 Guides from all across Ireland were honoured at a special ceremony in Dublin recently where they received their prestigious Gold Awards. The Gold Award is the highest award a Guide can receive and they put many months of hard work into completing the award. Read more...

 

 

 

IGG Supports Irish Cancer Society

Irish Girl Guides support Irish Cancer Society in push for cigarette taxation increase. With rapidly deteriorating public finances, major window of opportunity should be exploited and will yield €420 million to State. The Irish Girl Guides is the largest youth organisation for women in Ireland and health promotion is a large part of what the organisation is about. Read more... 

 

World Thinking Day

Barry Andrews celebrates World Thinking Day

Barry Andrews, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, visited his local Girl Guides on Sunday to help them celebrate World Thinking Day. This event takes place every year on February 22nd which is the birthday of our founders, Lord and Lady Baden-Powell. Ladybirds, Brownies and Guides from Ballybrack took part in fun activities and introduced Minister Andrews to their special Guiding ceremony. Read more...

World Thinking Day, February 22nd 2009

What's so important about February 22nd? Well for most people it may just be an ordinary day, but for 10 million girls and women worldwide, it is a day for celebration. Each year on February 22nd, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day. Read more...