The newsletter of The Irish Girl Guides
Bantreoraíthe na hÉireann
Guiding—Come and Join In!
Trefoil News February 2007 Page 1
Trefoil News February 2007 Issue No: 567
Published by The Irish Girl Guides, Trefoil House, 27 Pembroke Park, Dublin 4
Printed by: Richardson and Watts, 36 Thornville Park, Raheny, Dublin 5
The Editorial Team of Trefoil News reserves the right to edit material submitted.
Table of Contents
Message from the Chief Commissioner Page 1
Noticeboard Page 2
Brownie Branch Chairman Page 4
Executive News Page 5
The Irish Girl Guides Photography Competition 2007 Page 6
Development Education Page 7
Stitch’s Diary Page 11
Campa Le Chéile Page 12
Active Citizenship Page 13
Outreach Project Update Page 14
Squelch 2007 Page 15
The Journey Page 16
Go Global! Page 17
Public Relations Officer Page 18
Development Officer - West and Central Midlands Page 19
Penpals Page 19
Farewell and Welcome Page 20
Ladybird Guide Branch Page 22
Valentine’s Day Activities, St. Patrick’s Day Activities, Ladybird International Competition
Brownie Guide Branch Page 27
The Heritage Badge, The Gaelic Badge St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Brownie International
Guide Branch Page 34
Gold Award 2007, International Women’s Day, History of Guiding Puzzle, National Guide
Hike Day, Meeting Ideas, Childminder Information Activity List
Senior Branch Page 37
Lightweight Weekend 2007, The Chief Commissioner’s Award
International Page 39
Front cover image: Maigue District Craft Day, photograph by Susan Griffin
Message from the
Happy World Thinking Day.
In 2007 W.A.G.G.G.S. are asking us to dig deep into our pockets and give generously to the
W.A.G.G.G.S. Thinking Day Fund so that girls can discover their potential and….
• Take the lead. Giving girls the chance to develop leadership skills in a friendly and
• Grow. Allowing girls to develop friendships and self esteem.
• Speak out. Providing girls with the opportunities to discuss issues that affect them
and their peers, and to take action.
World Thinking Day is a day on which Girl Guides and Girl Scouts throughout the world
remember their sisters in Guiding and celebrate international friendships. It is a time for
special ceremonies, parties and activities that foster an appreciation of the uniqueness and
similarities of people everywhere. I ask that you and your girls join me in contributing to the
W.A.G.G.G.S. Thinking Day fund. We can make a difference.
You can also contribute to World Guiding by buying a cloth W.A.G.G.G.S. badge for only €1
from the Distribution Centre (or order via the web). All the profits from this badge will go
towards helping Guiding in Armenia and Guiding in the Africa and Arab Regions. Why not
organise a night to tell your girls about W.A.G.G.G.S. and present them with the badge as a
link to all their 10 million friends around the world.
Don’t forget about A-wear-ness Day! As well as promoting it to the girls why not encourage
your Leaders to wear part of their uniform, even just their pin.
In this issue we say a very fond farewell and thanks to Lesley Bulman-Lever, Chief Executive
of W.A.G.G.G.S. and warmly welcome on board to Mary McPhail who will be taking up the
I would also like to congratulate Lua Clarke who is the first and very deserving Leader to be
awarded our Citizenship Award. Congratulations Lua and I look forward to giving you a big
hug and personally congratulating you when we meet at the Branch weekend.
In this issue you will read details of our exciting new Development Education Badge. Thanks
to everyone involved in its design and a special thanks to Hazel Murphy (volunteer) and
Gráinne O’Brien in National Office who spearheaded this project.
Enjoy this issue of Trefoil News which is packed with ideas for Valentine’s Day and St.
Patrick’s Day. Thank you to everyone who contributes to making Trefoil News a “must read”
magazine. Thank you for all that you do to make The Irish Girl Guides one of the most
successful youth organisations in Ireland.
Yours in Guiding,
Jillian van Turnhout
Contact: Jillian van Turnhout, Chief Commissioner, c/o I.G.G., 27 Pembroke Park,
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Dublin 4 Email: email@example.com
N.Y.C.I. Website National Spring Clean
The National Youth Council of Ireland Why not take part in the annual
(N.Y.C.I.) has developed a new National Spring Clean, which runs for
international website to promote and the whole month of April. Run by An
disperse international news Taisce, there are events and clean-ups
and international opportunities, such as around the country. In 2005, nearly
seminars and workshops, which are open 2,500 tonnes of litter was collected, and
to all young people in Guiding (usual age a third of that was then recycled. For
range 16-30). Check out their website at full information and to request a pack,
www.international.youth.ie see the An Taisce website at
Drogheda Girl Guides Or email them direct at:
I.G.G. World Thinking
Day Postcard Drogheda Girl Guides have set up a new
website at www.girlguidesdrogheda.com
The Irish Girl Guides World Thinking and they would like to invite all I.G.G.
Day Postcard is now available at the members to come and visit their site!
Distribution Centres and online at the
I.G.G. web shop at
At a cost of €1.00, it’s the ideal thing to
send to all your Guiding friends on
ICE emergency situation, Emergency Services Distribution Centre
personnel and hospital staff would then be
able to quickly contact your next of kin, News
A useful idea to pass on to your family
and friends. The concept of ‘ICE’ is simply by dialing the number stored as
The Distribution Centres have
catching on quickly. It is a simple, yet ‘ICE’. For more than one contact name,
lightweight rain ponchos in stock for
important method of contact during simply put in ICE 1, ICE 2, ICE 3 etc.
Ladybirds, Brownies and Guides to
emergency situations. wear in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
They are transparent so will keep the
As mobile phones are carried by the
girls dry while still allowing their
majority of the population, all you need
uniforms to be seen. The sizes are:
to do is store the number of a contact
Child, one size - 75 cm from the
person(s) who should be contacted
shoulder to the hem.
during an emergency as ‘ICE’ (In Case
Adult size, one size - 90 cm long, also
available for taller girls. Price €1.00
The idea was thought up by a each.
paramedic who found that when they
Ladybird Baseball caps are available in
went to the scenes of accidents, there
the Distribution Centres. They are navy
were always mobile phones with
with an embroidered ladybird over the
patients, BUT the paramedics didn’t
left ear. €8.20. Great to wear at a St.
know which numbers to call. He
Patrick’s Day parade.
therefore thought that it would be a
good idea if there was a nationally Are your girls wearing the World
recognised name for this purpose. badges made for us by the Guide
Association of Armenia? They are
Following a disaster in London, the
€1.00 each. All profit goes to
East Anglian Emergency Service
W.A.G.G.G.S. for use in the Arab and
launched a national ’In Case of
Emergency’ campaign. In an
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World Thinking Day Money
Thinking Day Fund
Please send your
World Thinking Day
money, plus the form to
the right (so we know who Leader Name
you are!) to Frank O’Neill
in National Office after your
Thinking Day Ceremony.
Please make cheques
payable to The I.G.G.
World Thinking Day Fund.
Return to: Frank O’Neill, The Irish
Girl Guides, 27 Pembroke Park,
Dates for Your Diary
2nd IGG Branch Weekend 2nd Women’s World Day of 1st April Fool’s Day
3rd Tu B'shvat Jewish 1st- National Spring Clean
Festival 8th International Women’s 30th Month
7th Regional Development 8th Easter Sunday
Officer’s Meeting 10th IGG Go Global Day,
Dublin 9th Bank Holiday
14th Valentine’s Day
16th- Campa Le Chéile 21st IGG Executive
17th IGG Programme and 18th Activity Staff training Committee Meeting
Meeting 17th St. Patrick’s Day 21st IGG Council Meeting
18th Chinese New Year— 19th Public Holiday 22nd IGG Management Day
Year of the Pig
21st Spring Equinox
20th Shrove Tuesday
23rd Irish Cancer Society
21st Ash Wednesday Daffodil Day
22nd World Thinking Day 31st IGG Go Global Day,
24th IGG Executive
Committee Meeting Guiding Dates are
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New Chairman for the
Brownie Branch Committee!
Brownie Branch needs a new Chairman. Listed below is a basic ‘job description’, so that anyone considering the position can
evaluate the commitment. The Brownie Branch Committee assists and supports the Chairman in her work.
The Brownie Branch Committee
• promotes and encourages the Brownie Branch within Guiding
• organises and co-ordinates the events and affairs of Brownie Branch at national level
• liaising with the National Training Committee, ensures that adequate training is available for Brownie Leaders
• reviews and revises the content of the Brownie Branch Programme as required
• makes suggestions for and reviews the needs and policies for this age group
The Chairman of Brownie Branch is responsible for:
• chairing the committee meetings at least 4 times a year
• making sure there is a representative from each Region on the committee and that they attend their Regional meetings
to pass on information
• taking the responsibility for the running of events and activities e.g.
1. Brownie Branch Weekend
2. Articles for the Brownie Branch section of Trefoil News
3. Brownie Branch challenge
4. National Brownie Table Quiz
5. Brownie Branch section of the Annual Review
• putting ads in Trefoil News for the events
• attending Programme and Training Committee meetings (4 per year) plus joint Executive/Programme and Training
Committee meetings (2 per year)
• co-ordinating reviews and updates of the Brownie Branch programme and the Brownie Branch section of the Handbook
• liaising with ad hoc committees where appropriate
• approving new promotional material for Brownie Branch
• helping with the organisation of the Branch weekend with the other Branch Chairmen, and getting trainers for it
• arranging trainers for Conferences, if asked to do so
If you are interested in being nominated for this position, please contact Maureen Dillon, National Programme and Training
Commissioner, c/o National Office as soon as possible. Deadline for applications: 22nd February 2007.
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The Executive Committee of The Irish Girl Guides
meets to discuss policy issues and to ensure the
smooth running of the organisation for all its
members. Here is a snapshot of some of the
decisions made at the December Executive
Assistant Leader’s Warrant
It was agreed that the holder of an Assistant Leader’s
warrant is not allowed to enrol anybody. Enrolments can F.E.T.A.C.
only be carried out by a holder of the full Leader’s warrant. The F.E.T.A.C. External Examiner came in to National
Office on 15th November to go through the material for 11
Resignation candidates for the Guiding module.
Margaret Patterson, Regional Commissioner, South East
Region National Youth Council of Ireland
Linda Peters and Jillian van Turnhout attended the N.Y.C.I.
Appointment meeting for C.E.O.s and Heads of Organisations on 9th
Celestine Fennessy, Regional Commissioner, South East November. Topics discussed included the work of the
Region Youth Work Assessor, implementation of the Youth Work
Act and Garda vetting.
Pat O’Brien, Regional Commissioner, South West Region Finola Gallagher, Jennifer Dowling and Jillian van Turnhout
Maureen Dillon, National Programme and Training attended the N.Y.C.I. Conference and Assembly on 25th
Commissioner and 26th November 2006. Congratulations were expressed
to Jennifer Dowling who was elected to the Board of
Council of Irish Guiding N.Y.C.I.
The I.G.G. members on the C.I.G.A. Committee for 2007
The next Treasurers’ meeting will be held on Saturday
are as follows :
September 29th 2007 in National Office.
Deputy Chairman Margaret Dunne
International Commissioner Maura Fitzgerald
Ordinary Members Jillian van Turnhout Forthcoming Dates for Executive: 24th February, 21st
Jill Kavanagh April and 9th June 2007
Hon. Treasurer Irene Reale
The Chief Commissioner along with all members of the
Support for Belarussian Guides Executive Committee is happy to discuss any questions
you have, any input on our decisions, any thoughts you
Five countries have been asked to support Guiding in
have on our future direction.
Belarussia by contributing US $1,000 each. I.G.G. has
agreed to do this using money from the Georgia fund. WE ARE THERE TO SERVE YOU, OUR MEMBERS
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Castlewrixon, Ballyhea, Charleville,
Trefoil News and the Public Relations
Committee are pleased to announce the Third
Annual Photography Competition.
The competition is open to all members of I.G.G. whether they be Ladybirds, Brownies, Guides, Senior Branch or Leaders. All photos
should be Guiding related and those depicted must be in uniform. Entries from last year should not be re-sent.
The subject matter is only limited by your imagination. Oh, and of course the six categories we have chosen:
1. Our Guiding Family 2. Coolest Leader 3. Fun and Games
4. Action in the Community 5. Caught in the Act! 6. It’s a Small World After All
One winning photo will be chosen from each category, plus two highly commended photos. Jillian van Turnhout, Chief Commissioner,
Claire Ranson, Education Officer and Editor of Trefoil News and Susan Griffin, Chair of the Public Relations
Committee will judge the photos.
The deadline for entries is March 20th 2006. Winning photos and a collage of other entries will be featured in the May/June edition of
Trefoil News and on the I.G.G. website. Photos may be used in I.G.G. publications and the website—please tick the relevant box on the
form below if you do not wish your photos to be used in this way.
Entries should be posted to: Photo Competition, The Irish Girl Guides, 27 Pembroke Park, Dublin 4
Digitally minded? E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Please compete the form below and send one form with each photograph (the
form can be photocopied) and please include a self addressed stamped envelope if you would like us to return your photos.
People in photograph
Event/place in photograph and date
I give permission for my photograph to be used by I.G.G. in publications or on the website Yes No
Stamped addressed envelope enclosed
The new Dev Dev Ed Training Opportunity
Ed Badge Have you worked with a Unit for over one year? Are you
Great news, the new Dev interested in global issues and development education?
Ed badge has been
launched! If so, you may be interested in doing the Global Youth Work
Training Course which is accredited through the Open
The syllabus is available College Network.
from National Office and it
is packed with activities The course will be run by the Global Centre for Education
for Brownies and Guides and I.G.G. has funding for up to 2 Leaders to participate.
which will make learning The course will take place over 2 residential weekends in
about Development Cork on the 23rd-25th February and on the 30th March-1st
Education fun for both April.
girls and Leaders. Don’t worry if you are not sure what Dev.
Ed. is, the idea is that our Leaders will be able to learn This is an excellent opportunity to receive accredited
about Dev. Ed. along with their Unit as they work towards training in Dev. Ed. and the following topics will be covered:
• Principles of Global Youth Work
All you need to do is to complete 4 activities from the • Understanding Globalisation
syllabus which has activities under 8 headings (See below). • Information, resources and support for Global Youth
Poverty & Hunger Justice & Fair Trade • Applying Global Youth Work in practice
Education for World Citizenship Human Rights
Global Interdependence Environment No experience is necessary except to have worked as a
Democracy & Peace Gender Leader for at least one year.
Under each heading there are games and activities ranging Contact Gráinne at National Office as soon as possible for
from smiling for peace to looking at the unequal distribution more details and an application form. Closing date for
of resources in the world through the biscuit game! We applications is 15th February 2007.
have tried to make all the topics accessible so we would
love to hear how you are getting on with the badge and all Hazel Murphy Gráinne O’Brien
feedback is welcome of course. I.G.G. Rep. For Dev Ed Guiding Development Officer
In this month’s Trefoil News we have included activities
from the Environment section of the badge which can be
used for both Brownies and Guides– see overleaf.
The complete syllabus is available from Gráinne in National
Office. As soon as you have completed four activities, the
badge can be bought at the Distribution Centre for €1.00
We hope you have fun doing the badge!
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Aim: To help understand climate change
Materials: A room big enough for running around.
NB– You can do this activity outside also.
Begin with a quick brainstorm on activities the group does every day that
need energy or fuel e.g. switching on lights, travelling by car, watching
the television etc. Allow enough time so that plenty of energy-using activi-
ties are named.
Divide into two teams (A & B) separated by a marked line across the mid-
dle of the room. The teams stand at opposite ends of the room.
A member of team A runs to the other side of the room calling out an ac-
tivity mentioned earlier and tries to touch anyone on team B before run-
ning back to her own side. Team B has to try catch her. If she is captured
for more than 3 seconds, she is out of the game. Team B then has a go. If
necessary, introduce a rule that participants cannot take a rest of more
than 20 seconds.
NB– To make the game safer, tell the girls they can only catch each other
by the hand.
After about 10 minutes, end the game. Ask how people are feeling.
Are they hot from all the running around?
What happened in the game?
Was there a clear winner?
How did it feel to be captured?
Using the climate change fact-sheet, explain that this is what is happening
in the air around us.
When we switch on a light, have a shower, use a sheet of paper, drive in a
car or light a fire, we are contributing carbon dioxide and other gases to
be released into the atmosphere. The gases are trapped in the atmosphere
and form a blanket around the earth that heats up, in the same way a
greenhouse does. It is the effect of millions and millions of people, par-
ticularly in rich countries, doing the same that contributes to global
Discuss what the effects of global warming can be as an introduction to
the next game, SHARK!
Adapted from making a difference, OWW 2005
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Aim: To examine the effects of climate change
Material: One sheet of old newspaper per person
Place sheets of newspaper randomly on the floor so that
there is just enough room for everyone to stand on one.
Explain that the newspapers are islands and the floor is
Everyone begins by moving around the sea. When the
leader calls ‘shark!’ everyone has to stand on an island.
Anyone touching the water is gobbled up by the shark and
is out of the game.
After the first round announce there is a hurricane and
remove some sheets.
After the second round announce there are floods and
remove more sheets
After the third round announce the water is rising
because the ice-caps are melting and remove more
At the end of the game there may be one or more
winners. Encourage the girls to use teamwork to help
each other stay on the islands.
Discussion: Does global warming affect us, how?
Has anyone been in a storm—how did they feel?
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Climate Change Fact sheet
Climate change is caused by the release of too much carbon dioxide and
other gases into the earth’s atmosphere. The gases form a blanket
around the earth which traps heat. These gases are released when we
use fuel such as petrol, gas and coal or when we use electricity which is
produced from these sources.
The planet is getting warmer resulting in rising sea levels and an in-
crease in extreme weather events such as floods, tornados, droughts.
Rich countries use more energy than poor countries and therefore are
more responsible for climate change.
The effects of climate change are felt mostly by people in developing
countries where hurricanes, floods and droughts affect their livelihoods
We can help reduce climate change by using less energy e.g. by switch-
ing off lights in our homes, walking or cycling instead of driving and in
many other ways.
Ways to save energy and help reduce climate change:
Reduce, re-use, recycle! The energy saved by recycling one aluminium
drinks can is enough to run a TV for three hours.
On your bike: try cycling or walking instead of driving everywhere. It
uses less energy and is healthier too.
Use more eco-friendly goods: e.g. energy saving lightbulbs,
rechargeable batteries etc.
Say no to packaging: when you are at the shops try and buy goods that
have less packaging. Also try and buy things in bulk instead of
individually if you can. That way less waste will be created.
Switch off: Don’t leave lights on and switch electrical goods off
completely– even if your TV is on standby, it is still using valuable
Tell your friends: Tell people about the things you do to save energy
and they might try it for themselves!
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Stitch’s My next outing was to the Campa Le Chéile meeting for the
big international camp that The Irish Girl Guides are holding
this summer. I met some of the C.O.s and Camp Activity
Diary Staff and Mary Clarke who is the Camp Chief. They were
all very busy getting ready for camp, and Mary asked me if
I would be joining them at camp! I can’t wait to go to
Hello everyone! I Campa Le Chéile, ‘cos camp is always great fun and there
have been a very will be lots and lots of girls there, both from Ireland and
busy little stitched from different countries around the world. I’m really looking
person over the last forward to it and I shall do my best to help Mary and
few months, Mammy Maeve with anything they need doing for camp.
travelling all over
the country and I was off on my travels again and had a fab time with the
getting to meet Cealla Guides. We played loads of games and the girls
loads of I.G.G. taught me some new ones, like ‘Ship, Sea, Shore’. I then
Me and Santa!
members! went and had a great afternoon with the Silver Birch
Brownie Pack in Clones, Co. Monaghan. They were
Back in October, I had a fantastic weekend with the Bray celebrating Hallowe’en and I was very brave and wasn’t
Brownies and the Belmont Brownies in Enniskerry National afraid of the scary spiders. We sang songs, made wishes,
Cottage. It was so cool to be at the cottage with all the and watched a video about filling shoe boxes. We
Brownies, and we had loads of fun. I tried glass painting, finished with a tea party and had lots of yummy chocolate
bead craft and French knitting. We went on a walk to cake and malteser squares.
Knocksink Woods, where it rained loads, but we all had our
raingear and wellies on and we enjoyed splashing in the In November I went and visited the Brownies of Ballymore
puddles. Back at the cottage we did some cooking and I got Eustace. We played games and sang songs and went on a
to lick the wooden spoon (shh! Don’t tell the Brownies!). We night away in Roscommon! It was so exciting and Wise Owl
had brilliant fun at the cottage and the Brownies gave me and Snowy Owl looked after us all. The cottage was lovely
loads of lovely hugs and kisses when I left. and we had fun making ‘Get Well’ cards for poor Tawny
Owl, who was sick and couldn’t join us for the night. We
In October I had a big also had a disco and the girls did loads of dancing.
adventure, when I went skiing
with the Tivoli, Ballybrack and My final trip for 2006 was to Longford and I visited the
Rathmichael Guides. You can Ladybirds, Brownies, Guides AND Leaders of Longford
see me here in my ski boots. area. I met the Clondra Brownies, the Longford Ladybirds,
We were up in Kilternan on the Camlin Brownies, the Cairn Brownies, the Longford
the dry ski slope there. I had Guides and lots of Leaders and Young Leaders! It was
a go at skiing on my own, but such fun and I even got to meet Santa Claus too! The girls
I found it a bit hard with also performed at the party and they were really talented. Some
holding my umbrella and girls sang, some danced and some told really funny jokes. I
camera and scarf and had such a good time and I loved being in Longford, I hope
everything, so Emma, one of I can visit again soon!
the Young Leaders took me
with her and we went all the 2006 was a really busy year for me, but I hope to meet
way from the top. I was a bit even more Ladybirds, Brownies, Guides and Leaders in
nervous but it was great fun. 2007, especially as my Mammy told me that meeting me is
part of the Outdoor Awards this year! That is so exciting
My next trip was to Taney and cool—I’ll get to meet all the girls who are doing the
Brownie Pack and we went to Outdoor Awards! I can’t wait!
St. Nahee’s Church in
Churchtown. They have an
amazing tapestry there and I
Love from Stitch
had great fun meeting all the xxxx
Brownies. I then went and
visited the Ballymore Eustace If you’d like me to come and visit your Unit or go with you
Ladybirds. There are lots of on your camp or holiday, please contact my Mammy Maeve
Me in Ski Boots
Ladybirds in Ballymore Eustace at 01-6683898 or email her at email@example.com
and we went on a trip all round the village. We went into the Me and the Ladybirds and Guides of Longford
Gallery and had our photos taken and we saw Gerry in the
Chemist (he was so funny!) and I tried on the apron in the
Butcher’s Shop. We all remembered our Green Cross
Code and I got my hair trimmed at the hairdressers, so I
am looking very smart!
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Calling all members of Trefoil Guild, Senior Branch Guiders, Ladybird
Leaders, Brownie Leaders and Guide Leaders – Campa Le Chéile needs
Reminder for Campa le
This camp runs from the 7th–14th of July and
will be held in Tattersalls, Co. Meath. Apply
now before it’s too late! Unit Leaders
received a letter in December asking to
apply for our international camp if they
hadn’t already done so. Thanks to all the
Units who have applied. You need to send
in the two passport sized ID photos for each
person in your group a.s.a.p. Send to Mary
Clarke, Camp Chief, c/o National Office, 27
Pembroke Park, Dublin 4..
If you are a Brownie, Ladybird or Senior
Branch leader, we need you too! You can
apply for Central staff or Activity staff, or
you can work with your local Guide group
on their camps.
Activity Staff Training Weekend
If you plan on attending Campa le Chéile as Time to get ready for camp!
Activity Staff, this weekend is essential. It’s
on the weekend of 16th-18th March. The
venue is Enniskerry. The programme Apply now for Activity Staff if you haven’t
includes getting to know other staff done so already. Forms are available from
members, allocation of duties and training your Region or National Office and should
in activities. More information will be listed be sent directly to Mary Clarke, c/o National
in the March edition of Trefoil News. Office.
Camp Photos from Solas Camp in 2002, I.G.G.’s last international camp
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Our first Award for Active Citizenship goes to Lua Clarke, With all these tremendous community activities, it’s a wonder
a Brownie Leader who is very active in her community. that Lua finds time for Guiding at all, but she has been
running St. Aideen’s Brownies in Howth for 38 years. When
Lua has been running the Howth Summer Project for 26 St. Aideen’s had a waiting list of nearly 70 girls wanting to
years. The project runs every day for the month of July and join, she set up a second Brownie Unit, Beann Eadair
over 300 girls and boys from age 4 to 15 enjoy many Brownies, which has now been running for 30 years as well.
activities. The children enjoy bowling, swimming, sports,
crafts, cookery, arts, picnics and outings. At the end of each Lua is a wonderful example of an Active Citizen and she has
Project, Lua manages to persuade a celebrity to come along enriched the lives of countless people in her community.
and present plaques and prizes to all the children. Many congratulations Lua, on being the first recipient of the
I.G.G. Active Citizenship Award!
Lua has just joined her Church Committee, and is involved
on behalf of the youth of the parish and their needs.
Lua has been involved in the Howth Community Group for
more than 11 years. She used to act and do set painting for
their plays, but now runs the box office and the door for all
their plays and pantomimes. If you would like to nominate someone for the Active
Citizenship Certificate, please complete the form below and
She has recently written a book to celebrate 50 years of send it to :- “Active Citizenship”, c/o I.G.G. National Office,
Scoil Mhuire Primary School in Howth. It took her a year to 27 Pembroke Park, Dublin 4.
research and write and is now published and on sale at the
school. Another fantastic achievement.
Active Citizenship Nomination Form
Name of individual or group you would like to nominate
Contact details of individual or group (address to which the certificate should be posted)
Details of contribution the individual or group has made/is making to their local community
Your contact details
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Outreach Project Update
The theme of the project was ‘One World, Diverse Cultures’ and it included 3 Fun Days and a week long
summer camp in 2006. The idea behind the project was to reach out to immigrants and ethnic minority
girls aged between 7-12 in Corduff, Dublin 15, to give them an introduction to Guiding and to help them
to integrate into their local community. If you would like more information about the project then contact
Catherine at National Office, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Things are looking good regarding The Outreach Project presentations and training sessions
I.G.G.’s Outreach Programme. As you at the Regional Conferences have been completed. They
learned in January Trefoil News the were received very well and gave people an opportunity to
Outreach Committee has been find out exactly what the Outreach Project, which took
extended for another year. Mary place in Corduff, Dublin 15 in 2006, involved.
Emmett has kindly agreed to stay on
as chair and most of the other Next on the agenda for Outreach is a visit to the Branch
members have decided to stay on the Weekend which as you all know will take place from Friday
Committee. We hope to have a few new members this 2nd to Sunday 4th February. These sessions will take place
year also. We are all very enthusiastic about what we can with Ladybird, Brownie and Guide Branch on Saturday 3rd
achieve in 2007. February and will be centred on issues that could arise as a
result of having immigrant and ethnic minority girls in your
We have even better news this month, the Youth Affairs Unit. There will also be a few case studies on girls with
Section of the Department of Education have agree to give behavioural problems. The results of these case studies will
us additional funding for our Outreach Programme so that be published in Trefoil News later in the year.
we can continue well into the future. They would like I.G.G.
to pilot this type of Outreach initiative in the Youth Work If you have any queries regarding Outreach, feel free to
sector. This is a very important and meaningful role and it is contact Catherine, the Outreach Development Office in
a great privilege for I.G.G. to have been chosen to carry out National Office or at email@example.com
this work. The Outreach pack and Outline/Template for
Future projects are part of this role. These publications will
now be used not only by members of I.G.G. but by all
organisations in the Youth Work sector. The Outreach
Committee is currently working on these publications.
Outreach Project Committee Interest Form
Contact Telephone No.: ____________________________ Email Address: _____________________________
Reason for applying (Attach separate sheet if necessary): ______________________________________________
Relevant experience both Guiding and non-Guiding (Attach separate sheet if necessary): _______________________
Signed: ______________________________ Date:______________________
c/o IGG Resource Centre, Cork
Trefoil News February 2007 Page 17
Spirituality is … a journey of exploration and searching. Both inner and outer.
that come out of it: polite, sweet or rough, correct or
Dare to ….. incorrect; my voice, loud or soft; and all my actions,
Ask for what you want whether they be to others or to myself.
Believe in Yourself
Change your mind I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears.
Do what you love
I own all my triumphs and successes, all my failures and
Enjoy each and every day
Follow your heart’s desire
Give more than you receive Because I own all of me, I can become intimately
Have a sense of humour acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be
Insist on being yourself friendly with me in all my parts. I can then make it possible
Join in more for all of me to work in my best interests.
Kiss and make up
Love and be loved I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and
Make new friends other aspects that I do not know. But as long as I am
Nurture your spirit friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and
Overcome adversity hopefully look for the solutions to the puzzles and for ways
Play more to find out more about me.
Reach for the stars However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and
Speak your truth whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is me.
Take personal responsibility This is authentic and represents where I am at that moment
Understand more, judge less in time.
Volunteer your time
Walk through fear When I review later how I looked and sounded, what I said
Xperience the moment and did, and how I thought and felt, some parts may turn
Yearn for grace out to be unfitting. I can discard that which is unfitting, and
Be Zany keep that which proved fitting, and invent something new
for that which I discarded.
by Meiji Stewart
From Relax, God is in Charge I can see, hear, feel, think, say and do. I have the tools to
survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to
make sense and order out of the world of people and things
My Declaration of Self-Esteem outside of me.
I am me.
I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me.
In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. There
I am me and I am okay.
are persons who have some parts like me, but no one adds
up exactly like me. Therefore, everything that comes out of Satir, V (1970) A Goal of Living. Available in poster form
me is authentically mine because I alone chose it. from Celestial Arts. The poster is called ‘I am me’.
I own everything about me; my body, including everything it
does; my mind, including all its thoughts and ideas; my
eyes, including the images of all they behold; my feelings,
whatever they may be: anger, joy, frustration, love,
disappointment, excitement; my mouth, and all the words
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Do you or your Guides want to learn more
about International Guiding?
The International Committee is hosting two days in Dublin and Cork which are open to Guides
over 12, Senior Branch members and Leaders. This is your opportunity to ask all those
questions about going abroad and about taking a group abroad.
The dates for these days are as follows:
Dublin - 10th March 2007 Cork – 31st March 2007
Places are limited per region, so it is vital that you get your application in a.s.a.p. and check
regional availability with your Regional Commissioner. Cost per person is €14 if application is
received before Friday 2nd February and this will increase to €16 per person if received after this
date. Applications will not be accepted after 23rd February.
Applications to: Adele Mealey, c/o National Office, 27 Pembroke Park, Dublin 4.
Go Global! Application Form
Please tick the box beside the venue that you would like Dublin
Return to: Adele Mealey, c/o National Office, 27 Pembroke Park, Dublin 4.
Trefoil News February 2007 Page 19
Nominations are sought for Public Relations Officer for The Irish Girl Guides.
Susan Griffin, the current Public Relations Officer, will finish her first term of
office in April.
Below is a basic job description, so that anyone considering the position can
evaluate the commitment.
• Be responsible for the external public relations for I.G.G.
• Coordinate effective media coverage for the organisation
• Take an active part in the production of I.G.G. publicity material
• Organise trainings and make resources available which enable the
members of the P.R. Committee to carry out their role effectively
• Chair Public Relations Committee meetings
• Attend Executive Committee meetings
• Attend Programme and Training Committee meetings (or send deputy)
• Ex Officio member of National Standing Committees
• Cooperate and coordinate with ad hoc committees as needed
The P.R.O. has the support of the Guiding Development Officer in National Office, whose job description includes the
allocation of 3 days per month for P.R. related work.
Expenses regarding travel and administration costs in conjunction with the post will be paid out of I.G.G. funds.
If you are interested in being nominated for this position, please contact your Regional Commissioner before 1st March 2007.
An election is held, even in the event of there being only one nomination.
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Officer needed for
West and Central
Do you have a spare 18–24 hours per week?
Do you want to work for a growing organisation?
Do you want to be paid for doing something that you love?
……then this is the job for you.
A part-time Development Officer is needed for West and Central Midlands Region which covers counties Galway,
Roscommon, Leitrim, Longford, Westmeath and part of Offaly.
Brief Job Description:
The role of the Regional Development Officer is to develop and support Guiding locally. The Regional Development Officer
works in conjunction with the Regional Commissioner and the Regional Team to help recruit Leaders and provide on-going
support to all Leaders in the Region.
The Regional Development Officer is supported by the Chief Executive Officer and attends three meetings/trainings per year
with the other Regional Development Officers employed by I.G.G.
Deadline: 12th February 2007
Apply in confidence with letter and c.v. to
Linda Peters, C.E.O., The Irish Girl Guides, 27 Pembroke Park, Dublin 4
Phone: 01-668 3898 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pen Pals Guides, Senior
Ladybirds and Brownies—make friends internationally! Branch and Leaders
At this time of year, we get many requests from Girl Guide and Girl Scout Units Pen Pals—post or
overseas who would love to link up with Ladybird and Brownie Units in Ireland. email your name,
You can exchange postcards and badges, send photos and learn all about address, age, date of
Guiding overseas. It’s a great way to make friends and lets Ladybirds and birth and Unit to the
Brownies get involved in the international aspect of Guiding. In the last year we Postbox
have made links between Irish Guides and Guides in South Africa, Germany, USA, Secretary
and the West Indies among other places—Irish pen pals are very popular! All you have to do is fill in the
details of your Unit below and post to: Postbox Secretary, The Irish Girl Guides, Trefoil House, 27 Pembroke Park, Dublin 4.
Alternately you can send the information by email to email@example.com If you link with an international Unit (by email or
post), ALL correspondence is done through the adult Leaders of each Unit to ensure the safety and security of everyone involved.
Unit Name Number of Girls in Unit Age Range
Leader Name Leader Email Tel
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Farewell and Welcome
In late 2006, W.A.G.G.G.S. Chief Executive Lesley Bulman-Lever left W.A.G.G.G.S. for pastures new and we now welcome
new C.E.O. Mary McPhail to take the helm. The Irish Girl Guides would like to take this opportunity to thank Lesley for all her
hard work and to wish her well and to welcome Mary. Below is Lesley’s Leaving Message and opposite, the press release
celebrating Mary’s appointment.
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February sees two important dates. On the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, we have the opportunity to present a friend or
family member with a token of our love. On the 22nd of February we celebrate World Thinking Day, along with Ladybirds
around the world. We’re also getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March. In this issue of Trefoil News we have
plenty of activities and crafts for you to celebrate these days with your Units.
The Ladybird Committee
Valentine Coupon Circle of Friends
These Valentine Coupon cards are simple to make, print An Ice Breaker game that needs no equipment.
and fill out. The coupon can be for a big hug, a chore you
will do (like washing the car) or just a loving message. Method
1. Everyone stands in a circle one behind the other.
Method 2. The idea is that you slowly sit down on the knees of
1. Print out the Valentine’s Cards and Coupons for the person behind you.
each girl (see templates on page 25). 3. Everybody is depending on the person behind them
2. Get the girls to cut out one each and colour them in. to save them from falling over. All going well, you
3. Cut along the dashed lines (this is where you insert have a circle with each girl sitting on the knee of the
the coupon). person behind them.
4. Fold the card in half.
5. Fill in the coupon with a promise to undertake a
chore or task. The Potato Game
6. Insert each of the four corners of the coupon into the
four slits that you cut in the card. Materials
• One potato for each girl
You now have a nice Valentine’s Card for a friend! • A bag or sack
Jug Handles 1. Everyone sits around in a circle. Give each girl a
Method potato and ask her to look at it and get to know it
Pair off each girl and ask them to stand with their arms well.
linked and their hands on their hips and to form a circle 2. Collect up all the potatoes, put them in the sack and
around the room. One pair does not link arms and instead shake them up, then empty them out on the floor or
one chases the other round the playing area. on a table.
3. Ask them to pick out their own potatoes.
At any stage in the race, the person being chased can stop
running by linking into a pair. When this happens, the Discuss
person on the other side of that pair now becomes the How easy was it to find your potato?
person being chased. When a person is caught, they What made it easy/difficult?
become the chaser. What does this tell you about potatoes?
What can we learn about groups of people from this
• It is important that couples stand with their hands on
their hips so people can link easily. This is a useful exercise to show how we are all the same
• Standing couples should not interfere with the under the skin and share characteristics just like potatoes,
chase. which are mostly brown, roundish and knobbly. However, it
• The person being chased cannot run outside the also shows that each individual is unique, just like every
playing area. Ladybird.
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Walking Game St. Patrick’s Day
All the players are asked by the Leader to walk around the Materials
room changing pace regularly. The Leader then calls ‘Walk • Hole punch
like a …. • Scissors
Russian Leader • Paper connectors
As if you are sneaking round the house • String
As if you were walking in a fashion show • Colouring pens/pencils
As if you can’t bend your knees’ • One template print out (below) for each girl
All the players copy what the Leader says. This is a fun Method
activity which is full of energy. 1. Print out the copy of the leprechaun template below
and make a copy for each girl in your Unit.
2. Ask the girls to colour in their leprechauns.
3. Punch holes in the large black dots on the template
and assemble your leprechaun using paper
4. Tie a piece of string to the top of the head and make
a loop. By pulling the loop up and down, you can
make your leprechaun dance!
Valentine Sweetie Box
• A piece of paper
• Two sheets of acetate (or other thick, clear, flexible
• Hole punch
• Red or pink yarn
• Valentine sweeties
1. Fold the piece of paper in half and draw half a heart
along the fold line. Cut out the heart. This will be the
template for the project.
2. Cut two identical hearts from the plastic (make them
at least as big as your hand or bigger—depending
on how many sweeties you want to put in the heart.)
3. While holding the two plastic hearts together, punch
holes all around the edges.
4. Start weaving yarn around the edges of the heart,
connecting the two together. When there are only a
few inches left to weave, stop weaving and fill your
heart with sweeties.
5. Finish the weaving and tie the yarn off with a knot.
If you wanted to add to this craft, you could always make
sweeties with your Unit and some simple, no cook recipes
are listed on the websites below:
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St. Patrick’s Day Activity Sheet
My name is
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Valentine Card and Coupon Template
Happy Valentine’s Day
To My Valentine
This coupon is good for:
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The Ladybird Guide International Competition
Did you know that you have over 10 Million Guiding friends throughout the world?
There are four special homes in different countries that you share with these friends. These are called
World Centres, and members can visit.
To enter the competition, match the World Centre to the correct country and colour in.
Send your decorated entry with your name, your Unit Leader’s name and the name of your Ladybird Guide
The Ladybird Guide International Competition, The Irish Girl Guides, 27 Pembroke Park,
To arrive by 28th February.
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3. Fold 15cm. length of green, white and orange ribbon
Ideas for the in half and staple on to end of circle. If you cannot
find ribbon then colour in one piece of paper 15cm
Heritage Badge long in green white and orange. Colour in length
4. Glue circle onto back of brooch so that ribbon hangs
Heritage Badge Part 2: Make a model or collage of an item from bottom of badge.
from ancient or medieval Ireland i.e. stone circle, rath, 5. Fix safety pin to back of brooch with tape.
dolmen, fort, beehive hut, celtic cross, old church, round
tower, Tara brooch, Ardagh chalice, Book of Kells etc.
Explain its use and how it was built or crafted. Tell a Story
Craft—Tara Brooch The Children of Lir
Heritage Badge Part 3: Dress a doll in traditional Irish
Badge costume or read an old Irish legend or myth and be able to
tell the story to the tester in your own words
• Copies of Tara Brooch (below) on white card The Children of Lir
• Glue Long ago there was a king in Ireland called Lir who was
• Colouring pencils/markers the father of four beautiful children, a son, a daughter and
• Stapler twin sons. Their mother (daughter of the High King of
• Coloured paper/stickers Ireland) died when they were still young and needing
• 15cm green, white and orange ribbon per person, loving care. And so it came about that King Lir, who dearly
• Tape loved his four children and wanted them to have a new
• Safety pins mother, married his wife's sister, Aoife, and gave them into
1. Cut out brooch shape and also another circle of card Aoife, seeing King Lir playing with the children and giving
as shown. them so much of his time became jealous of them and
2. Colour in the brooch and decorate with stick-on thought how she might have her King all to herself and
“Jewels” as required. the children out of the way.
Tara Brooch template
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One night she secretly bargained with a listen to it. Moreover, ye shall retain your human reason;
druid for the use of his magic wand and and ye shall not be in grief on account of being in the
made her plans while the children were shape of swans".
asleep. Next morning when they woke to
a beautiful summer's day, Aoife had And she chanted this lay "Depart from me, ye graceful
perfected her plan. "Come with me" she said to the swans, the waters are now your home. Your palace shall
children, "Today I am going to take you to the lake and be the pearly cave, Your couch the crest of the crystal
when the sun gets hot you can all go into the cool water wave, And your mantle the milk-white foam!"
for a swim".
Lake of Sorrow: Lough Derravaragh, in Westmeath, is
She led the children to the where the Children of Lir were doomed to spend 300
edge of the lake and told years as swans. A sad and sorrowful heart had Lir when
them to go to bathe; and as he heard about his children. He went and spoke to them at
soon as they had got into the lake and understood what Aoife had done. He allowed
the water, she struck them Bove Derg use his druidical magic wand, and turned her
one by one with a druidical into a demon of the air. She opened her wings, and flew
fairy wand, and turned them with a scream upwards away through the clouds; and she
into four beautiful snow- is still a demon of the air, and she shall be a demon of the
white swans. And she air till the end of time.
addressed them in these
words "Out of your home, And so at the end of 300 years on lake Darvra, 300 years
ye swans, on Darvra's on the sea of Moyle and another 300 years on the lake
wave; With clamorous birds isle of Glora in Mayo. They lived in this manner till holy
begin your life of gloom. Patrick came to Erin with the pure faith; and until Saint
Your friends shall weep Kemoc came to Inis Glora.
your fate, but none can
save, for I've pronounced The first night Kemoc came to the island, the childen of Lir
the dreadful words of doom." heard his bell at early matin time, ringing faintly in the
distance. The three brothers were more affrighted than
After this, the four children of Lir turned their faces to their Finola so she explained to them "This is the voice of the
stepmother; and Finola spoke, "Evil is the deed thou hast Christian bell and now the end of our suffering is near; for
done, O Aoife, thy friendship to us has been a friendship this bell is the signal that we shall soon be freed from our
of treachery; and thou hast ruined us without cause. But spell, and released from our life of suffering; for God has
the deed will be avenged, for the power of thy witchcraft is willed it." And they changed a low, sweet, plaintive strain
not greater than the druidical power of our friends to of fairy music, to praise and thank the great high King of
punish thee; and the doom that awaits thee shall be worse heaven and earth".
than ours. Our stepmother loved us long ago, our step-
mother now has wrought us woe: With magical wand and Kemoc heard the music from where he stood; and he
fearful words. She changed us to beautiful snow-white listened with great astonishment. He went to the shore of
birds; and we live on the waters for evermore, By the lake and spoke to them and asked them were they the
tempests driven from shore to shore." children of Lir. They replied, "We are indeed the children
of Lir, who were changed long ago into swans by our
Finola again spoke and said "Tell us now how long we wicked stepmother"
shall be in the shape of swans, so that we may know when
our miseries shall come to an end." Aoife said; "Three
hundred years on smooth Lake Darvra; three hundred
years on the Sea of Moyle, between Erin and Alban; three
hundred years at Irros Domnann and at Inis Glora on the
Western Sea. Until the union of Largnen, the prince from
the north, with Decca, the princess from the south; until
the Taillkenn shall come to Erin bringing the light of pure
faith; and until ye hear the voice of the Christian bell. And
neither by your own power, nor by mine, nor by the power
of your friends, can ye be freed till the time comes"
Then Aoife repented what she had done; and she said
"Since I cannot afford you any other relief, I will allow you
to keep your own Gaelic speech; and ye shall be able to
sing sweet, plaintive, fairy music, which shall excel all the
music of the world, and which shall lull to sleep all that
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"I give God thanks that I have found you," said Kemoc,
"for it is on your account I have come to this little island in Ideas for the
preference to all the other islands of Erin. Come ye now to
land, and trust in me; for it is in this place that you are Gaelic Badge
destined to be freed from your enchantment" He brought
them to his own house and, sending for a skilful workman, Gaelic Badge Part 1: Read an Irish legend and explain it to
he caused him to make two bright, slender chains of silver; the Pack in Irish or English.
and he put a chain between Finola and Aodh, and the
other chain he put between Fiachra and Conn. So they
lived with him, listening to his instructions day by day, and Tell a Story
joining in his devotions. They were the delight and joy of
the cleric and he loved them with his whole heart. The Salmon of Knowledge
The king who ruled over Connaught at this time was A long time ago in Ireland there lived a very wise old man
Largnen, the son of Colman; and his queen was Decca, named Finnegas. He knew everything about nature, birds,
the daughter of Finnin, king of Munster, the same king and animals, plants, clouds and the stars. But he always
queen whom Eva had spoken of in her prophecy long wanted to know more. He lived beside a river where there
ages before. was a magic fish. Everyday he stared into the water hoping
to see this magic fish - the Salmon of Knowledge, swim by.
Queen Decca was seized with a strong desire to have Whoever caught and ate this fish would know all there was
them herself so she went to the King and besought him to know in the world. Lots of people, including Finnegas
that he would go to Kemoc and get her the swans. The tried to catch this fish but they had no luck.
King went to Kemoc who refused to allow him to have
them and the King became very wroth and seized the two One day a small boy called Fionn McCumhaill and his
silver chains, one in each hand, he drew the birds from the mother came by. Fionn's mother wanted Finnegas to teach
altar, and turned towards the door of the church. The king Fionn about the world. Finnegas agreed. Everyday
had proceeded only a little way, when suddenly the white Finnegas sat by the river teaching Fionn all he knew about
feathery robes faded and disappeared; and the swans the world. Then one day, a huge fish swam by. Finnegas
regained their human shape, Finola being transformed into was so excited because he was sure this was The Salmon
an extremely old woman, and the three sons into three of Knowledge. He ran to get his fishing net. The salmon
feeble old men, white haired and bony and wrinkled. was strong. It jumped and twisted and turned in the net for
Finola turned towards Kemoc and spoke... a long time. Eventually Finnegas landed the fish. 'Hurray'
they both cheered and Finnegas fell to the ground,
“Come, holy cleric, and baptise us without delay, for our exhausted.
death is near. You will grieve after us, O Kemoc; but in
truth you are not more sorrowful at parting from us than Finnegas was too tired to cook the fish so he left Fionn in
we are at parting from you. Make our grave here and bury charge, with this warning 'No matter what happens - Do not
us together; and as I often sheltered my brothers when we eat any of the fish'. Fionn did as he was told and cooked
were swans, so let us be placed in the grave - Conn the fish over a big fire, turning it two or three times. After a
standing near me at my right side, Fiachra at my left, and while a bubble appeared on the side of the fish. Without
Aodh before my face.” thinking, Fionn burst the bubble with his thumb. 'Ouch!' he
yelled as it burnt him. He immediately put his sore thumb
Then the children of Lir were baptised and they died into his mouth to cool it and make it better.
immediately. And when they died, Kemoc looked up; and
lo, he saw a vision of four lovely children, with light, silvery After some time Finnegas woke up. He was very hungry
wings, and faces all radiant with joy. They gazed on him and he was looking forward to having the salmon for his
for a moment; but even as they gazed he knew they had tea. He called Fionn who came immediately. He then
gone to heaven; but when he looked down on the four noticed something strange about the boy. His eyes seemed
bodies lying before him, he became sad and wept". bluer and his cheeks redder. He also looked bigger and
stronger. Then Finnegas knew what had happened. 'Did
And Kemoc caused a wide grave to be dug near the little you eat any of the fish ?' he asked. 'No, ....but ....while the
church; and the children of Lir were buried together, as salmon was cooking a bubble came up on its side and I
Finola had directed-Conn at her right hand, Fiachra at her burst it with my thumb' Fionn replied.
left, and Aodh standing before her face. And he raised a
grave-mound over them, placing a tombstone on it, with 'Then you, and not I, are the one to get the gift of
their names graved in Ogham; after which he uttered a knowledge from the salmon' Finnegas said sadly. 'You
lament for them, and their funeral rites were performed. must go now, I can teach you no more - Good Luck!'
From then on, if Fionn needed to know anything he just put
his thumb in his mouth and he knew what to do. Fionn grew
up to be a great and famous leader in Ireland.
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Sing a Song Craft
The Fields of Athenry St. Brigid’s Cross
Gaelic Badge Part 2: Sing an Irish song or recite an Irish Gaelic Badge Part 5: Make a St. Brigid’s Cross in any
poem material and know a little about St.
The Fields of Athenry
Weave St. Brigid's Cross
By a lonely prison wall Materials
I heard a young girl calling, • 16 pieces of straw or other
“Michael, they are taking you away. weaving material, each 8"
For you stole Trevelyan's corn, long
So the young might see the morn, • Thread to tie off the ends
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay."
Chorus 1. Fold the first two pieces in half, slipping 1 side of 1
Low lie the fields of Athenry piece through the fold of the other. Fold a third piece
Where once we watched the small free birds fly. in half over the second piece. (See the diagram)
Our love was on the wing 2. Continue adding folded pieces, lapping each piece
We had dreams and songs to sing over the one you just placed previously.
It’s so lonely ’round the fields of Athenry. 3. When all 16 pieces have been placed, take the
loose ends of the last piece and tuck them under the
By a lonely prison wall piece they face.
I heard a young man calling 4. Pinch the loose ends of each arm of the cross
"Nothing matters, Mary, when you're free together and tie tightly with thread.
Against the famine and the crown, 5. Clip the loose ends as close as possible to the tie.
I rebelled, they ran me down,
Now you must raise our child with dignity."
By a lonely harbour wall,
She watched the last star falling
As the prison ship sailed out against the sky
Sure she'll wait and hope and pray,
For her love in Botany Bay
It’s so lonely ’round the fields of Athenry
Sing a Song
The National Anthem
Gaelic Badge Part 4: Be able to sing the chorus of the Irish
Sinne Fianna Fáil
Atá faoi gheall ag Éirinn,
buíon dár slua
Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn,
Faoi mhóid bheith saor.
Seantír ár sinsear feasta
Ní fhágfar faoin tíorán ná faoin tráill
Anocht a théam sa bhearna baoil,
Le gean ar Ghaeil chun báis nó saoil
Le gunna scréach faoi lámhach na bpiléar
Seo libh, canaíg Amhrán na bhFiann.
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St. Patrick’s Day
Pot of Gold Craft
Make a small rainbow and a pot of gold.
• Paper Plate
• Toilet Tissue or Paper Towel Roll
1. Cut down the toilet tissue or paper towel roll so it is
about 2 inches high. Paint it black (figure 1).
2. Cut the paper plate in half. Cut out an arc shape
from the outside edge of the paper plate (Figure 2).
Make sure the end of the arc can fit into the hole in
the painted toilet tissue roll. Paint the arc so it looks
like a rainbow (figure 3).
3. Once the paint is all dry slide one end of the rainbow
into the black toilet tissue roll (figure 4). Glue in
place. You now have a pot of gold at the end of a
rainbow! For an added touch, put a line of glue
around the top edge of the toilet tissue roll and
sprinkle on gold glitter or sequins.
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Craft 3. Glue the circle to the bottom of the ice cream
A Puffy Shamrock 4. Cut a piece of green felt to go around the container.
You may need two pieces of felt.
5. Glue the felt around the container.
6. Punch a hole right below the lip of the container.
Repeat on the opposite side. (You may need to use
• Coloured paper
the scissors if the hole punch has troubles.)
7. Trace around a large circular object that is as big
• Glitter, string, paint—items to decorate with
around as a piece of felt is wide.
8. Cut out the circle. This will be the floppy part (brim)
of the hat.
9. Sit the ice cream container, open side down, on the
Instructions middle of the felt circle. Trace around the container.
1. Cut two shamrocks from white or light coloured 10. Cut a circle out of the middle of the felt large circle
paper. about 2" inside the lines. Discard this inner circle.
2. Next decorate one side of each piece. They can be 11. Make snips in the felt from the cutout area to the
decorated with sponge paint, string paint, markers, drawn lines to create "tabs". This will allow you to
glue and glitter, whatever. push the "tabs" up inside the hat and glue in place.
3. Next, staple the two shapes together, leaving a hole 12. Turn the ice cream container/hat on the flat end. Lay
at the top. the circle with the snips on top of the open end of
4. Stuff with crumpled up newspaper and finish the container. Run a bead of glue around the inside
stuffing. Voila! A Puffy shamrock! of the container near the rim.
13. Push the tabs up into the container and against the
glue. (Note: This is where the hot glue comes in
handy as it sets up quickly. If using hot glue, only
run about a 3" length of glue at a time.)
14. Once the glue has set up, punch a hole in the felt on
the brim of the hat next to the hole on the ice cream
container. Repeat for other side.
15. Cut a strip about 2" wide out of the black felt.
16. Cut a 4" square out of the grey felt.
17. Cut a rectangle in the middle of the grey felt about 1
1/4" x 2". Discard the little piece of felt.
18. Check positioning of the black band by laying it
around the hat about an inch above the brim. Cut off
any excess felt where it meets in the back.
Craft 19. Lay the grey (buckle) over the black band as shown
in the photograph. Once the layout is satisfactory,
A Leprechaun Hat glue in place.
20. Cut the piece of ribbon in half.
Materials 21. Thread one piece of ribbon from the inside of the hat
• 1/2 gallon round ice cream container, clean and dry to the outside. Tie a double or triple knot on the
(you do not need the lid) inside of the hat with one end of the ribbon. Take
• 4 pieces of green felt the piece of ribbon on the outside and push down
• 1 piece of grey felt through the hole in the brim.
• 1 piece of black felt 22. Repeat with the other piece of ribbon.
• 1 yard of green ribbon about 1/2" wide 23. Place the hat on your head and tie the ribbon in a
• Scissors bow under your chin.
• Ruler Have fun with your new Leprechaun hat!
• Black permanent marker
• Tacky glue or Hot glue gun
• Hole punch
• Large circular object (however wide the felt is)
1. Trace around the bottom of the ice cream container
on the green felt with the black marker.
2. Cut out the circle.
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The Brownie Guide International Competition
Did you know that you have over 10 Million Guiding friends throughout the world?
There are lots of things that you have in common with each one of those girls and women. Some of these
are shown on this page, and their names hidden in the grid below.
To enter the competition, find the words listed and colour in the symbols
Send your decorated entry with your name, your Unit Leader’s name and the name of your Brownie Guide
The Brownie Guide International Competition, The Irish Girl Guides, 27 Pembroke Park,
To arrive by 28th February
G S T R A X N G A S R L
T H I N K I N G D A Y O
M O L I O F O S A N E L
F U U C H W A G G G S S Trefoil
F R J R D F K M S A U T
J C H W C R R V X M Q R
E H S E P A X L O D G E
P A D D U S B D F H R F
A L B A O V H A Y F P O
B E G K E C N B N S R I
M T W O R L D F L A G L Our Chalet
Sangam M O T T O T L Y B M I T
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CALLING ALL GUIDE LEADERS
GOLD AWARDS 2007
GOLD AWARDS DAY – 19TH May 2007
Taney Centre in Dundrum, Dublin
All completed Gold Award forms need to be with Sylvia Richardson (Guide Branch Chairman) by end of March.
Each form must be photo-copied for the Distribution Centre so you can buy the Gold Award pins for your Guides.
On the Gold Award Day only certificates are awarded. All Guides must have reached their 13th birthday to attain
their Gold Award.
Please forward Gold Award forms to: Sylvia Richardson c/o National Office, 27 Pembroke Park, Dublin 4.
At the beginning of March International Woman’s Day is Question 7
celebrated so we have decided to use this as a theme for this The name of B.P.’s wife before her marriage
month’s Guide Programme. International Women’s Day (8th
March) is an occasion marked by women’s groups around the
She later became our
world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations
and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. Question 9
When women of all continents, often divided by national We now call her
boundaries, come together to celebrate their day, they can
look back to a tradition that celebrates at least nine decades Question 10
of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. The special Guide Day celebrated all over the world
World Thinking Day has just been celebrated so we have The date of this day
included a puzzle to help Guides refresh what they have
learned about the History of Guiding. Question 12
Whose birthday is it?
A Puzzle for the History of Guiding and the Question 13
World Flag What does the blue background in the World Flag
Answer the questions listed below and then join the dots on represent
the diagram opposite.
Question 1 What does the gold colour of the trefoil in the World Flag
What was the full name of the founder of Scouts and Guides? Represent?
Question 2 Question 15
Some Guides showed up at a rally held at What do the two stars on the World Flag represent?
Question 3 Question 16
The initials of the Founder What does the compass needle represent?
Question 4 Question 17
The lady who helped start the first Guides What does the curved line at the bottom of the trefoil
Her relationship to B.P. Question 18
What happened in 1911?
Question 6 Now go back to the name of our Founder. What shape do you
The name of the first Guides have?
Page 36 Trefoil News February 2007
began in Ireland
12th/13th May—National Guide Hike Day
Put these dates into your diary now! The weekend of the 12th and 13th of May has been designated for National Guide
Hike Day. We’d like every Unit in the country to get out and have a walk or hike in your local area. You choose the route,
according to the capabilities of your Unit and get out and have fun! More information will follow in the next edition of Trefoil
News, but put the date in your diary now!
Trefoil News February 2007 Page 37
Public Speaker Vote
Ask each Guide the week before to prepare to speak on Women got the vote in Ireland in 1928. Find out when
their favourite subject for 4 minutes (Part of the Public women got the vote in 3 other W.A.G.G.G.S. member
Speaking badge). This activity will start them on the road to countries. (Part of Voting Badge syllabus)
having the skill of public speaking. It would be best to have
a few Guides doing their speeches every week for a few My World Challenge optional challenge
weeks so all are not bored listening for the whole meeting. Know the importance of keeping dangerous articles and
substances out of the reach of children (part of Child
Minder badge). List the dangers that may be found in each
room on the table below.
Childminder Information Activity List • Don't babysit if you are ill - you won't babysit to the best
(Patrol Leaders Handbook—new edition due out in March of your ability and you may pass on the illness
2007) • Arrive in plenty of time and talk to the parents and write
down anything relevant
Childminding Information Activity • Ensure parents leave their contact number and two
Ask each member of the Patrol to draw up a form which could other contact numbers in case of emergency
be completed by parents to give all the information that should • Do not leave the house at any stage while the
be left with a child minder. Compare these forms. parents are out
The form might include such information as: • Nothing must interfere with your responsibilities as a
• Contact numbers for parents, grandparents, neighbours, childminder, and if at any stage the children need you,
doctor your homework must be put aside or the
• The time the parents expect to be home television turned off while you care for them
• The child's bedtime • Don't smoke or drink alcohol
• Any rules regarding tv, homework, friends visiting, • Make sure that any heater or fire is kept guarded and
snacks, diet etc never let a child use matches
• Any medical problems or allergies • If you are listening to music or watching television make
• Is the bedroom door left open and is the light to be sure that the children can be heard above the volume
turned off? • Make a quiet check on babies every half hour and on
• Where is the first aid equipment stored? older children every hour
• Only use the phone in an emergency
Childminder Responsibilties • Unless previously agreed with parents, do not invite or
Ask the Patrol to write down 10 responsibilities of allow your own friends to visit
childminders. Compare the responsibilities stated with the • Respect the privacy of the people you are babysitting for
following: • Leave the house as it was when you arrived
• Always tell your own parents the name, address and • Give parents as much warning of cancellation as
telephone number of the family for whom you are baby- possible
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The Senior Branch team invites you to come along to the……………
BORED OF THE BOOKS?
Join us on this year’s Lightweight Weekend in Connemara! A great opportunity for members of Senior Branch (14.5-26 years)
to walk in the hills and get a taste of the outdoors.
Taking place on April 27th-29th 2007 (from Friday to Sunday) - return on Sunday with a refreshed brain, ready to start your
We spend Friday night indoors to check and sort gear. On Saturday we head out onto the mountains where you’ll learn how to
navigate competently, read maps and look after yourself when hiking. There are walks for every ability, so even if you’ve never
hiked before, polish your boots and come along! We camp in lightweight tents on Saturday night and do a smaller walk on
Interested in a fun-filled weekend experiencing the joys of lightweight camping? If so, please send a €20 non refundable
deposit (full cost €45) together with the application form below to: Gillian Finan, c/o National Office, 27 Pembroke Park, Dublin
2007 Lightweight Weekend Application Form
Name: Date of Birth:
Telephone: Email: Unit:
Please list any dietary requirements:
€20 deposit enclosed Send form to: Gillian Finan, c/o National Office, 27 Pembroke Park, Dublin 4.
Trefoil News February 2007 Page 39
Application Form Attach passport
Chief Commissioner’s Award
Saturday 30th June – Saturday 7th July
Name: Home Phone No:
Address: Mobile Phone No:
Email (you check regularly!):
Would you prefer to receive future information by email or post?
Date of Birth: Other Team Members:
Unit Name: 1.
I am planning to take part in this year’s Lightweight Camp Weekend. YES/ NO
Previous Experience: (e.g. Campcraft, Lightweight camps, other expeditions etc.)
I enclose a non refundable deposit of €30 and 1 passport size photo
I recommend the above applicant to take part in the Chief Commissioner’s Award 2007. She is prepared
physically, in character, training and experience.
Leader or Commissioner’s Signature:
Name of local newspaper(s): (With contact numbers T-shirt Size:
S M L XL
Please return to: Gillian Finan, c/o National Office, 27 Pembroke Park, Dublin 4.. Closing Date: 1st May 2007.
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If you’re stuck for something to do for World Thinking Day,
International try one of these games, with an international focus.
The World Restaurant ‘Why do you think it isn’t fair?’
‘Who took the decision to send you to a poor table or
Age 10 years upwards a rich table?’ etc.
5. After the discussion has gone on for some time, the
Leader can ask:
‘Can any of you suggest a solution to this problem?’
Many people will propose sharing the food and
drinks among the different tables. When the
• Iced Cake
suggestion is accepted, all will have a balanced
• Tea Two remarks could be usefully made at the conclusion of
• Coffee the session:
• Spoons • While people sitting at the table representing poor
• A Knife countries may have suffered some discomfort by not
• Four tables having enough to eat, it is impossible for them to
‘live’ the feeling of anxiety experienced by people
living in miserable conditions who do not know
1. Prepare four tables, each labelled with the name of a
whether there will be food at all the next day.
country. Two of them should be industrialised
• People living in conditions of extreme poverty know,
countries and the other two should be developing
through the impact of the mass media, that other
people in their own country and in the rest of the
2. Industrialised Country No. 1—this country is richer
world live in conditions of over abundance and
than the others. It has a large, rich iced cake,
luxury. This only increases their feelings of frustration
biscuits, fruits, coffee, tea, milk, sugar, cups and
spoons, but no knife to cut the cake.
3. Industrialised Country No. 2—this county has the
same elements, but no knife, and no coffee, tea or Bump Ice Breaker Game
4. Developing Country No. 1—this country has plenty of • Music
coffee or tea and a knife but nothing else. • A large space for the girls to move about in
5. Developing Country No. 2—this country has plenty of
sugar, some biscuits and spoons but nothing else. Method
1. When the music starts all the players walk around in
Method all directions, bumping gently into as many others as
1. Cards are distributed at the entrance, with the names possible.
of countries, assigning a table for each diner. Cards 2. When the music stops each player stops and links
should be allocated so that 3/4 of those present are arms with her nearest neighbour, exchanging names.
divided between the tables for developing countries 1 3. When the music starts again the players should
and 2 and the other 1/4 are at industrialised remain in linked pairs and continue to walk around
countries 1 and 2. the room, this time avoiding bumps and continuing to
2. Generally the reaction of the less privileged tables talk to their partners.
comes quickly. One of the rich tables comes to the 4. The music stops again and the pairs separate. Each
poor tables and requests to borrow a knife. The poor player now grabs two other people who link arms
table refuses or agrees in exchange for half a cake and introduce themselves.
etc. 5. The music starts again and the groups walk around
3. The Leader should take the opportunity to ask and talk until the music stops. From now on each
general questions, such as: time the music stops, the Leader calls out a different
‘What is wrong with the meal?’ number and the groups form and reform accordingly.
‘Is something bothering you?’ or 6. When the Leader feels that all the girls have talked,
‘What is happening, why don’t you start eating?’ etc. she can start making the groups bigger and bigger
4. Taking advantage of some of the comments made, until the whole Unit is one large group linked
the Leader can ask further questions: together.
Trefoil News February 2007 Page 41
For all International events, contact Gráinne, International Secretary
International (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible for further details.
YOUTH in Action
If you are considering an
exchange with a Unit abroad,
Celebrate! Motivate! Activate! That’s the motto of the 12th the YOUTH in Action
European Guide Conference, which will be held in programme may be a good
Portorož, Slovenia from 5th to 11th May, 2007. Six place to start.
members of I.G.G. will be attending the conference and it
looks like they will be extremely busy! It will also be a very The YOUTH in Action
special conference for I.G.G.’s Diane Dixon as it marks the Programme of the European
end of her term as Chairman of Europe Region. Community offers funding for a variety of opportunities for
young people aged between 13 and 30 years who are
The Europe Region of resident in 30 countries (the 15 Member States of the
W.A.G.G.G.S. represents 65 European Union and other countries within the
national Girl Guide and Girl programme). Funding is available to youth groups (for
Scout organizations from 38 example a Guide Unit) who engage in projects which match
countries in Europe most of the objectives and priorities of the programme.
whom will be represented at the
conference. However, there will Priorities of the Youth In Action Programme
in fact be three conferences 1) European citizenship
running concurrently during this 2) Participation of young people
week. As well as the 12th European Guide Conference, 3) Cultural Diversity
there will be the 19th European Scout Conference and the 4) Inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities
12th European Joint Guide and Scout Conference. So there
will be plenty of opportunity for our delegates to meet up What is a Youth exchange?
with members of other European associations to share A Youth Exchange allows one or more groups of young
ideas and experiences. people to host or to be hosted by a group from another
country in order to participate together in a joint programme
During the conference itself, the theme for the first two days of activities. These activities involve the active participation
will be ‘Celebrate’, the theme for the middle two days is of young people and are designed to allow them to discover
‘Motivate’ and for the final two days will be ‘Activate’. and become aware of different social and cultural realities,
Amongst the many items on the programme will be a to learn from each other and to reinforce their feeling of
Europe Market where associations display what they have being European citizens. Young people can thus explore
to offer. It will be a chance to show off what I.G.G. is doing similarities and differences between their cultures.
as well as gaining inspiration and ideas from our European
counterparts. The Youth Exchange must have a theme, which the groups
wish to explore together because of its relevance to their
Slovenia itself is situated in the heart of Europe. It borders everyday experience. The chosen theme should be
with Italy to the west, the Adriatic Sea to the southwest, translated into the concrete daily activities of the exchange
Croatia to the south and east, Hungary to the northeast, activity. Examples of themes are participation of young
and Austria to the north. The conference venue is close to people in society, racism, local heritage, environment etc.
the Venetian port town of Piran which is famous for its
medieval buildings and cobbled streets. Whether our If you have an idea for an exchange project that you would
delegates will have the time to explore however is another like to do with a Guiding Unit abroad, contact Gráinne,
issue - there will be a packed schedule and not much time International Secretary in National Office. You can also
for sightseeing! have a look at www.leargas.ie for more details of the Youth
in Action programme and how to qualify for funding.
Watch this space for more news on the European
Conference, Remember if you decide to participate in this programme,
including profiles you must contact the International Committee to let them
of our I.G.G. know before you begin the process.
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