There was a great atmosphere in Rush last Thursday evening (9th of July) as County Mayor, Cllr David O’Connor and Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, James Reilly TD, attended the final meeting of the Rush 38th Scouts before they embark on their trip to the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan.
Chairperson of the Rush 38th Scouts, David Clarke welcomed the dignitaries to their scout den in Kenure Woods, which is the old gate lodge of the Kenure Estate. Speaking at the event Mr Clarke said, “We are delighted to see the Mayor and the Minister here this evening as we have had great support over the years from Fingal County Council and indeed from Minister Reilly himself. We are the longest established youth group in the area and I am glad to say we are receiving wonderful support from our public representatives who recognise the value of the youth development work being done by Scouting Ireland in the towns throughout the North County.”
The 2015 Jamboree in Japan is significant in that it will be held during the 70th anniversary of the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Scouting Ireland will be attending a number of commemorations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to mark the anniversary and have designated two of their Leaders as Messengers of Peace one of whom is David Clarke from Rush. These Messengers of Peace will be meeting up with scouts from Palestine to create links with Scouting Ireland. Scouting Ireland will also be sponsoring scouts from Lesotho in Africa who otherwise would not have been in a position to attend the Jamboree. “The Messenger of Peace is a Global initiative brought about by the World Organisation of Scout Movement (WOSM). I am proud to have been chosen as a Messenger of Peace and will fly the Fingal flag in Japan,” Mr Clarke added.