AS the Irish Girl Guides organisation celebrates a hundred years of changing lives for girls and young women throughout Ireland a special event took place on Tuesday, April 26 at Beech Cottage in Edenderry.
The cottage which is over 100 years old requires upgrading including new and improved facilities for sleeping and indoor activities by members of Irish Girl Guides.
Since 1984 young girls and young women have made many memories at Beech Cottage. It holds a special place in their hearts so this was a special day to remember, as builders from Prosperous building company Stonewood Homes drove in their diggers and machinery to make these new and exciting changes on behalf of the Irish Girl Guides. The first sod was turned to make way for the new improvements, also horseshoes were added to the foundations for good luck on the new extension.
The Irish Girl Guides has over 10,500 members ranging in age from 5 to 26 years, and provides many opportunities for Young and Adult Leaders. Guiding started in Ireland in 1911 and operates throughout the country with volunteer Leaders providing an educational programme of challenging activities which encourage members to acquire the confidence and skills to be responsible citizens of tomorrow.
This year there are many events happening up and down the country to celebrate the 100 years of changing lives. One of the biggest events this year will be held in Semple Stadium in Thurles on May 7 where over 6,000 girls and young women from the organisation will celebrate and also make a record breaking attempt promising to be a fantastic celebration.