50 years of local scouting

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A scouts reunion will take place in Derry later this month to mark the 50th anniversary of the organisation’s presence across the north west.

The event is being staged in honour of the late Reggie Ryan, the Derry man who was instrumental in ensuring scouting got off the ground and survived through the Troubles to the present day.

Reggie Ryan

Reggie Ryan

The Celebration of Scouting reunion will take place on Saturday, February 21st at 7pm at Badger’s Bar in Derry city centre.

A spokesman for the local scouts said: “September last year saw the sad passing of one of Scouting in the North West’s founding fathers, Mr Reggie Ryan.

“Reggie, together with a number of others locally, worked to establish Catholic Scouting in the Derry, Inishowen and Tyrone area in the 1960s and early 1970s. The first Scout Unit, 1st Derry, was formed in St Mary’s Parish in Creggan in September 1969.”

Speaking about the upcoming event, he added: “Mr Ryan’s family have very kindly sponsored a trophy in Reggie’s memory which will be handed over to Mr Dessie Taylor, County Commissioner for Scouting Ireland’s Errigal County.

Local scouts and scout leaders pictured with Bishop Edward Daly at the Eucharistic Congress in Philadephia, which was part of the US bicentennial celebrations in 1976.

Local scouts and scout leaders pictured with Bishop Edward Daly at the Eucharistic Congress in Philadephia, which was part of the US bicentennial celebrations in 1976.

“This trophy will be presented annually to an outstanding Venturer group within the county.”

An open invitation has been issued to anyone who was a member of the scouts locally in the 60s and 70s and who is interested in taking part in the celebrations.

The scouts spokesman said: “If you would like to attend the presentation and reunion at Badgers, and all are welcome, then please get in touch with the organisers at Facebook ‘Catholic Boys Scouts of Ireland’ or telephone Gerry G on 07763835449 or Gerry H on 07702500739.”