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Alan McCulloch,Wayne Shekleton , Archbishop Robin Eames, Jason Rowntree, Brian Gilmore and Stuart Patterson.(Front left-right) Roberta Rowntree, Samantha Madeson, Heather Worrell and Emma Sloan, Stuart Patterson, (Left) Alan McCulloch and Samantha Madeson who were confirmed by Archbishop Robin Eames in St. Nicholas's Church of Ireland.

Alan McCulloch,Wayne Shekleton , Archbishop Robin Eames, Jason Rowntree, Brian Gilmore and Stuart Patterson.(Front left-right) Roberta Rowntree, Samantha Madeson, Heather Worrell and Emma Sloan, Stuart Patterson, (Left) Alan McCulloch and Samantha Madeson who were confirmed by Archbishop Robin Eames in St. Nicholas's Church of Ireland.

Alan McCulloch,Wayne Shekleton , Archbishop Robin Eames, Jason Rowntree, Brian Gilmore and Stuart Patterson.(Front left-right) Roberta Rowntree, Samantha Madeson, Heather Worrell and Emma Sloan, Stuart Patterson, (Left) Alan McCulloch and Samantha Madeson who were confirmed by Archbishop Robin Eames in St. Nicholas's Church of Ireland.

Over 400 delegates from throughout Ireland will attend the 70th National Council of Scouting Ireland CSI which takes place in Dundalk Institute of...

Over 400 delegates from throughout Ireland will attend the 70th National Council of Scouting Ireland CSI which takes place in Dundalk Institute of Technology on Sunday.

It’s 15 years since the Association held its National Council in Dundalk, and it was decided to hold it here this year in honour of Chief Scout Peter Dixon, who is of course, a Dundalk man.

“Representatives from the whole country, north and south, will be in attendance and we have also invited representatives from the other scouting and guiding organisations on the island, to attend,” explains Peter.

Indeed, the formation of a single association between all the scouting associations in the Republic will be one of the issues for debate during the day-long Council.

“It promises to be a very interesting - and very long - day,” says Peter.

The opening address will be delivered by the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs, Dermot Ahern, and the chairman of Dundalk Urban District Council, Colr Seamus Keelan, will also be present.

The hosting of the Council in Dundalk is a boost to tourism providers in the town, with Peter reporting that nearly all the local guest houses are booked out, with many delegates spending the weekend here.

“We’re organising a night of entertainment in the Lisdoo Arms for the delegates who are over-nighting,” he adds.