Scouts from Donegal, Derry and Tyrone celebrated Founder’s Day by parading together in Newtoncunningham. Local Scout Leader, Dympna Whoriskey said “a great time was had by all.”
“More than 700 scouts assembled at Megastores and marched up to the Dispensary, before going on to All Saints Church for an ecumenical service. Piper, Christy Murray, from Raphoe led the way. It was brilliant.
“Newtown was picked to host this prestigious event because our group was set up thirty-five years ago this year, by Colm Grant from Buncrana. We decided to mark the occasion by making a number of presentations. Johnny Callaghan received his twenty-five years service award and Drina Friel received her ten year service award.”
Dympna Whoriskey, who is also the Donegal Cub Co-ordinator, received her twenty-five year service award.
The Newton scouts also presented two community awards:
Ms Whoriskey said: “We decided to honour Eugene Coyle, who has looked after the Columbian Hall for fifty years and has always treated the scouts really well. The second award went to, Michelle McGilligan from the Bowling Alley in Derry. Michelle makes sure that the scouts always enjoy their trips there.”
The afternoon was rounded off with a poignant presentation made by Mrs Monica Callaghan and Mrs Eileen Callaghan.
Ms Whoriskey explained: “Cousins Kevin and Declan Callaghan were Cubs and Scouts in Newton. Kevin was a Scout Leader here. The boys died in a car accident some years ago. We inaugurated the Kevin and Declan Callaghan Awards in their memory. This year they were awarded to Leon Cullen, Cub of the Year, and Rachel Friel, Scout of the Year.
“Each scout in the parade also contributed two euro to the “Donegal Relay for Life” cancer charity to help our friend, Ena Barrett who will be doing major fundraising for the charity in May.”