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The Fingal County of Scouting Ireland are organising a Message of Peace commemoration at Newbridge House to celebrate the 1916 Rising and to remember the 40 children who lost their lives in the Rising.

The event, a camp out, will take place on 19th and 20th March and will included many scout groups from all across Fingal.

Chairperson Of Fingal Scout County, David Clarke told the County Leader, “We will be laying a wreath in conjunction with the County Council and also Fingal Scout County. We will have approximately 500 youth members from scouting groups from all over Fingal, as well as some adult members of Scouting Ireland from the locality. We are very fortunate to have the defence forces in the parade at sunrise on the morning of Sunday, 20th March, when each scout group will be presented with a National Flag on behalf of the State,” he said.

The Chief Scout of Ireland, Christy McCann, who is a resident of Donabate will be in attendance for this Message of Peace programme in relation to creating a better world through scouting and a better awareness of peace throughout the island of Ireland. Scouting Ireland is an all-inclusive organisation. “We would like to thank Council Chief Executive, Paul Reid for supporting this event and agreeing to open up Newbridge Demesne for this. Bernie Reddy from Skerries worked with me in organising this event, and she also worked closely with the Council to make this happen. Thanks is also due to Coilin O’Reilly and Shay Barker from the County Council for their assistance,” said David.

He also thanked Cllr Joe Newman for driving this forward and helping us in their dealings with the Council. Joe is a member of the 1916 Commemoration group,” he said.

Cllr Joe Newman said, “About a month ago, I was contacted by David Clarke with a view to seeing how they could commemorate the 1916 Rising. I was very impressed with the suggestion that they wanted to hold a Peace Event to remember the children who lost their lives in the 1916 Rising. They will be receiving the National Flag from the army. I was delighted to be in position to put them in contact with the people in the Council, who were very supportive of this venture. This is like the re-imagining part of the 1916 Commemoration, with a peace element to it. This is the first of many scouting events that will grow and encourage other scouting organisations into the North County area, which can only be good news for tourism in the area. I’m really delighted to be associated with it,” he concluded.