Through fun and adventure based programmes, scouting offers the opportunity for young people to develop as better citizens with the aim of creating a better world.
The Knocklyon Scout Group is one of the largest in Ireland, offering programmes to over 300 young people in the community.
The 112th Knocklyon Scout Unit was one of the first groups for young people to be established in the parish in 1976. Fr Staunton, a parish priest, appealed at a mass for the people to help set up a scout unit in the parish. There was already a very active scout unit in Terenure College. The Carmelites wanted to set up a similar unit here in Knocklyon also.
Noel Geoghegan took up the challenge and the new Knocklyon scout troop was formed. On registration of the unit with the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland in March 1976, the unit was designated the number 112 and became known as the 112th Dublin (Knocklyon) Scout Unit.
|Group Leader||Andrew Slowey|
|Deputy Group Leader||Gerry Kavanagh|
|Quarter Master||Mark Cahill|
|Training Coordinator||Maura McDermott|
|Child Protection Officer||Mark Brennan|
|Monday Beaver SL||Janet Dignam|
|Thursday Beaver SL||Jason Guy|
|Friday Beaver SL||Deborah Brown|
|Monday Cub SL||Christine Ellis|
|Tuesday Cub SL||Louisa Richardson|
|Wednesday Cub SL||Maura McDermott|
|Tuesday Scout SL||Andrew Slowey|
|Wednesday Scout SL||Marian Clince|
|Thursday Scout SL||Mark O’Neill|
|Venture SL||Richard Fagan|
A History in Scouting Ireland: Established 1976
James Chambers took up the role of chairperson with Eamon Hanley from Coolamber taking on responsibility as secretary of the unit while Noel himself became our first Unit Leader. Other members of the original committee included Angela McIntyre, Maurice O’Boyle, Con Weber and Con Nolan and James’s wife Monica who made the first unit flag which still hangs proudly in our Scout Den. The first fundraiser was to sell paper flags outside each mass (little triangles with 112th Knocklyon Scouts printed on them, that were pinned onto your lapel). Members of the Committee including Monica, Angela McIntyre and Anne Begley sat in the presbytery with a box of straight pins putting one onto each little paper flag – their hands were in bits after it. It was all in a good cause as the money raised went to buy the first tents for the 112th which were purchased second hand.
Paul Buckley took over from Noel as our unit leader in the mid-1980s and to this day Paul is still occasionally called on for the use of his van to ferry our camping gear up to Larch Hill. The 112th has continued over the years to be ably lead by Gerry Daly, Nuala Fitzsimons and Michael Phelan who took on the role of unit / group leader of the 112th at various times. Olga Curran took on the role of treasurer in the early 1980s from Libby Garvey and is still our treasurer today.
The original scout troop met in the old prefab church for a number of years but relocated to the school hall of what was to become St Colmcille’s Senior National School once it was built. One of the first events the new Scout troop took part in was “Jamborora ’77”, which took place in Mount Mellary in July 1977. It was an international jamboree with 10,000 scouts and guides from all over the world attending. A patrol of 6 Scouts attended from the 112th which included Oisin and Fergal Geoghegan, Damien Nolan, Eamonn Flynn, Ian Stephenson and Dermot Brady. Their participation in the event was even covered by the Evening Herald at the time. This was a fantastic opportunity for the Scouts — just nine months after the 112th was founded.
Welcome the Cubs
In 1978, it was decided to set up a Cub pack for the younger boys. Some of the early activities the Cubs undertook was attending the Pope’s mass in Phoenix Park in 1979 and attending ‘Camp Rockwell in 1980. ‘Bob a job’ was a large fundraising activity that was organised annually and the Cubs and Scouts could be seen going around the parish offering their services to neighbours and friends for a few pence.
Ceremony & Honour
1983 was an historic year as the 112th won the regional shield camp craft competition for the first time and then went on to represent the St. Colmcille’s Region in the National Camp Craft competition called the Melvyn: an achievement which has been repeated in 1985 and on many other occasions thereafter.
The new scout unit grew quickly and as was reported in the Knocklyon News in February of 1983, an investiture was held in the church where 9 Venturers, 19 Scouts and 41 Cubs were invested. By the late Eighties and early Nineties, the 112th had two Cub packs and two Scout sections along with a Venturer section. In order for the unit to continue to develop, it was decided to try and find a permanent home for the 112th. Gerry Daly as Unit leader along with an active fundraising committee set about raising the money to develop a Scout Den. The council provided land on Prospect Lane and in September 1993, our Scout Den was officially opened having been designed by local architect Edmund Fitzgerald Selby. It even went on to win a competition for its design. The new Scout den allowed the 112th to expand further with the setting up of a Beaver colony in the unit for the 6-8-year-olds while girls were also able to join for the first time!
The annual tradition of our summer camps was established early on. In 1981, the 112th had their first International Summer Camp, heading to North Wales followed in 1982 by an exchange with a scout troop from Belgium. Over the years the Scouts have continued their international adventure with camps in such places as Kandersteg in Switzerland, France and Malta.
In 2004, the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland merged with the Scout Association of Ireland to form Scouting Ireland and we became known as 112th Knocklyon Scout Group and rather than being part of the St.Comcilles Region we became part of the Montpellier Scout County. Having successfully merged to two associations, Scouting Ireland implemented a new scouting programme called the “One Programme”, in 2009, which is the basis of the scouting programme, the 112th, that runs today.
Scouts: A family of tradition
It is a credit to the original founders of the 112th Knocklyon Scout Unit, that a number of the original Scouts and Cubs who joined the new unit back in the late 1970s and early 1980s are now leaders themselves, continuing to pass on Baden-Powell’s scouting message to their own children and the other young people of the parish. Donal Garvey, Tom Curran and Brian Kelly who were part of the original cub pack are now Cub leaders themselves while James Chamber’s daughter, Deborah is now the section leader of the Friday night Beaver colony. Our current group leader, Andrew Slowey also came through the ranks of the 112th as a Cub and Scout.
Today, 112th Knocklyon is the second largest scout group in the country with just under 300 youth members and 70 adult members. There are now three active Beaver colonies, Cub packs and Scout troops and a Venturer group within the 112th Scout Group itself. We have come a long way since the early days when there were just one Scout troop and one Cub pack. The 112th Knocklyon Scout Group continues to move forward and as we too approach our 40th anniversary we are looking at purchasing some land in Louth or Wicklow to develop as a camping / hostel site which will benefit all sections of the 112th Knocklyon Scout Group into the future.