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Arklow girls make Sea Scouts history at St Patrick’s parade

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Front and centre at the Arklow St. Patrick's Day parade carrying the Irish National Flag for the Arklow Sea Scouts was Michaela Moriarty. Second is was Sarah Flusk and Ciara Condron. Third row Andrea Farrell, Kaci Carter, Rachel Mythen and Ciara Hallam. Fourth row Aoife Byrne.

Front and centre at the Arklow St. Patrick's Day parade carrying the Irish National Flag for the Arklow Sea Scouts was Michaela Moriarty. Second is was Sarah Flusk and Ciara Condron. Third row Andrea Farrell, Kaci Carter, Rachel Mythen and Ciara Hallam. Fourth row Aoife Byrne.

The Arklow Sea Scouts, who won Best Maritime Group at the 2022 Arklow St Patrick's Day parade.

The Arklow Sea Scouts, who won Best Maritime Group at the 2022 Arklow St Patrick's Day parade.

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Front and centre at the Arklow St. Patrick's Day parade carrying the Irish National Flag for the Arklow Sea Scouts was Michaela Moriarty. Second is was Sarah Flusk and Ciara Condron. Third row Andrea Farrell, Kaci Carter, Rachel Mythen and Ciara Hallam. Fourth row Aoife Byrne.

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Arklow Sea Scouts Venture leader Aoife Byrne has been praised for giving her peers ‘the confidence they needed’ to win Best Maritime Group at the Arklow St Patrick’s Day parade.

For the first time the Sea Scouts had the honour of sending out an all-girls Venture Colour Party into a St Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland. The Ventures are the 15-18 age group in the Sea Scouts, and traditionally this is a small group as young people start to become more self-conscious and take on other interests.

However, in Arklow Sea Scouts, County Secretary Melissa Byrne says this is not the case and that the leaders, including Aoife, have a big part to play in that. In the build up to their appearance, the girls were put through their paces marching up and down the quay in Arklow for weeks before the event, making sure they were correctly dressed in full uniform, practicing their pace, and learning about flag etiquette.

Melissa said: “Aoife was great. She gave them the confidence to do it. The Ventures is the age group that start not wanting to be seen out in their uniforms. They get very self-conscious, but Aoife told them not to mind anyone else, to look forwards and march together.”

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She added: “We have waiting lists as long as our arms because the Arklow Sea Scouts is such an active group. Using in scouts when they get to 15 or 16 they want to leave, but with our group they don’t want to because we still have to much to offer them.”

The Ventures who marched proudly in the parade with Aoife were: Michaela Moriarty, who carried the Irish National Flag, Sarah Flusk, Ciara Condron, Andrea Farrell, Kaci Carter, Rachel Mythen and Ciara Hallam.

The next big event for the Arklow Sea Scouts Ventures will a trip to Lough Dan over the May Bank Holiday weekend to join 200 sea scouts from across the south east. They’ll be camping, cooking for themselves, canoeing, hiking and getting involved in fun challenges both on and off the water.


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