STEVIE Martin, of 86 Davitt Road North, was honoured at the annual St Patrick's Day mass at Bride Street Church on Saturday morning. Steve has been associated with Scouting since he was 10 years old.
After a long involvement with the 2nd Unit in Wexford Town, Steve established a second Unit, the 13th Wexford, at Clonard Community Centre. Idolised by the younger members of the organisation, Steve is frequently referred to as 'a loveable disciplinarian'.
Perhaps the highlight of Steve's long association with the Scouts was the 2007 World Scout Jamboree which he attended in Switzerland in 2007.
The former clerk of works at Wexford Corporation has acquired a large collection of scouting awards and medals down through the years. However, according to his daughter, Marion O'leary, ' this one in particular seems to be the closest to his heart'.
'We are all very proud of him,' Marion said. She explained that, undeterred by his age, her father still goes camping, and participates in scouting activities every Saturday morning.
The Martin family are certainly a dynasty of scouting heroes. Stevie's sons David and Richard are also Scout Leaders. Similarly his daughters Marion O'leary and Alison Kavannagh also held the title of Scout leaders in the past; however, they have in recent years taken a step back from scouting but still lend a hand at events.
'No matter where you go in town you'll meet someone with a connection to Scouts and will know him', explains Marion.
'He's already weighed down with medals – I don't know how he'll manage!' said Marion.