Clonmel Scouts seeking support for den refurbishment

Eamon Lacey

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Eamon Lacey

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elacey@nationalist.ie

Clonmel Scouts seeking support for den refurbishment

The Clonmel Scout Group are currently undertaking to raise €100k to carry out essential capital works on their beloved scout hall in Sarsfield Street.
The hall is a limestone building, built in 1830 and a protected structure, therefore, additional care and consideration must go into its refurbishment, as it is an important historical building in the heart of Clonmel.
The major capital works include a new roof, new windows, full rewiring, fire-proofing and energy efficiency upgrades.
The refurbishment is necessary to ensure the safety of the young people and local community groups who avail of it on a weekly basis.
Many scouting troops across Ireland and Europe visit the scout den annually, however due to health and safety concerns this year they could not be invited to stay overnight in Clonmel. Upgrading the building would ensure that more groups could avail of its modern upgrade and become a more inclusive scout troop to their travelling visitors.
The Clonmel Scout Group has been in existence since 1929. Following a short break in response to “the emergency” during the war years, when Scout leaders around the country formed part of the Local Defence Forces. The Clonmel Scout Group reformed in 1959 and in 1962 the first annual two-week camp for Clonmel Scouts took place in Stradbally, Co. Waterford. Since then 57 consecutive annual two-week camps have been undertaken; the highlight of the year for many Clonmel children for generations.
Since 1959 Clonmel Scouts have been called upon to assist with community collections, fun runs, festivals, charity events and during major times of need. This is still true in 2019, where Clonmel Scouts continue to be a vital support system and back bone of local community events.
Clonmel Scout Group are planning a variety of Scout themed events up to December and into 2020!A ‘Go Fund Me Page’ has been setup to encourage and reach out to local, national and global scouting friends across the world to donate to the Clonmel Scout Group.
The scouts will be coordinating a Hike and BBQ in early October for current scouts, cubs, beavers and families and extending an invitation to any past scouts to attend.
A series of eco - workshops demonstrating how to create your own unique garden structures will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
As Christmas is fast approaching scouts will be selling their exclusive products at a Christmas Fair here in Clonmel.
Clonmel Scout Group is doing all of this to raise €100k, essential funds and will be relying on the goodwill and generosity of parents, business owners and the community at large to meet this target.

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