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Tuesday 16 September 2014

A brilliant and busy week for local scouts

Published 27/02/2014 | 05:26

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Scouting is alive and well in Duhallow with a whole new batch of boys and girls from the Kanturk area invested into the organisation last Saturday evening following Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

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Scouting is alive and well in Duhallow with a whole new batch of boys and girls from the Kanturk area invested into the organisation last Saturday evening following Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

It was, however, the culmination of a really exciting week for the Kanturk Cub Scouts who at the invitation of local TD Michael Moynihan enjoyed a trip to the Dáil on Thursday.

The history of Leinster House was colourfully explained by the ushers who helped the children realise and appreciate the sense and the significance of the occasion.

The visit to the Dáil Chamber, the Seanad, and being greeted by Michael Moynihan TD made politics more interesting, and sparked some very engaging questions from the Cub Scouts.

To add to their delight, Scout Leaders also organised visits to the Irish Natural History Museum and the Archaeological Museum which gave the children the opportunity to see magnificent examples of Irish jewellery like the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch, and hear how the Vikings lived and died.

The Cubs and accompanying Transition Year students, Nil, Dan, Ciaran, Chloe and Deirdre, enjoyed exploring the displays of mammals and fish from around Ireland along with the wonders of the planet.

Sometimes it is the unplanned surprise that can add immeasurably to the enjoyment for everyone, and this was definitely the case when bus driver Paul Kealy of Kealy's Coaches provided an in-depth historical guided tour of the Phoenix Park and Dublin City before dropping the group off at Leinster House.

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