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Friday 21 September 2018

Enniscorthy brownies celebrate milestone anniversary

Emily Warren, Dianne Sheil, Lynn Smyth, Annabelle Hopkins, Sarah Beale and Caroline Steacey at the 60th anniversary celebration of Enniscorthy Brownies in the Friends Meeting House on Friday night
Emily Warren, Dianne Sheil, Lynn Smyth, Annabelle Hopkins, Sarah Beale and Caroline Steacey at the 60th anniversary celebration of Enniscorthy Brownies in the Friends Meeting House on Friday night
Brownies and Ladybirds pictured at the 60th anniversary celebrations

Brendan Keane

Enniscorthy Brownies celebrated their 60th anniversary on Friday, June 8, with a great event in their Quakers' Hall venue otherwise known as the Friends Meeting House.

The story of the Irish Girl Guides in Enniscorthy dates back to 1957 when the first group was formed, however, it wasn't officially warranted until the following year.

Speaking to this newspaper about the anniversary event Head Leader, Emily Warren, said it was a great day and there were many former leaders in attendance.

'The majority of the former leaders were there,' she said.

The brownies currently have 20 members in Enniscorthy and enrolments were taken at the event for the coming year - which will begin in September.

'We coincide with the school term each year,' said Ms Warren.

History was made this year when, for the first time ever, the Enniscorthy branch began a Ladybirds group which caters for children aged between 5 and 7.

The brownies group caters for those aged between 7 and 10.

The group has moved location a number of times since its formation and was at one point based in St Mary's School. However, it's been centred in its current location for many years.

The members enjoy a busy schedule each year and they participate on tours and engage in a wide range of activities including craft workshops and examining nature trails.

As part of the 60th anniversary celebrations the members were presented with folders outlining what they did during the year and certificates.

The brownies themselves handed over flowers to the ladies who were present. The group meets every Thursday from 3.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and more information is available by contacting Ms Warren directly on 087-3667525.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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