Brian back to scout things out
HE gave a polished salute, no doubt perfected around a campfire in his native Clara.
When Taoiseach Brian Cowen arrived at the Tullamore Court Hotel yesterday, scouts of all ages were there to greet him.
They had arrived themselves for Scouting Ireland's 2010 National Council which was officially opened by Mr Cowen.
Addressing the 650 delegates, Mr Cowen said: "I have many happy memories of my days as a scout at second Offaly in Clara which was formed back in 1968."
The Taoiseach praised the achievements of past scouts, including Bill Clinton, Richard Branson and David Beckham. "Scouts know how to reach for the stars and, more importantly, how to get there," he said.
He acknowledged the ingenuity, persistence and problem-solving skills associated with scouts.
Mr Cowen said Scouting Ireland had close to 40,000 members and, despite reduced grants, the group had grown by 6.5pc last year.