Author Archives: Ciarán Mac Domhnaill

Manannán Summer Camp 2018

Manannán News

This year’s Summer Camp will be based on Loch Arbhach, Co. Sligo. Manannán will camp from 13-22 July.


All Scouts are required to participate in camp preparations in the week leading up to camp. The times are as follows:

Wednesday 11 July, 1000 – boats to be recovered from water

Thursday 12 July, 1300 – truck day; all boats and camp equipment will be loaded onto the truck

All Scouts must be in the Den at 0900 on Friday 13 July, wearing their neckerchief and Manannán t-shirt. Everyone will need to bring a packed lunch for Friday.

We expect to be back in the Den by 1730 on Sunday 22 July.


Gear list

All gear should be packed lined with bin liners in case of rain.

Medication if required – MUST be brought to attention of Section Leaders

Packed lunch for Friday

Manannán t-shirt, training top and neckerchief

Hiking boots

Rain gear (jacket and leggings)

Small rucksack for day trips

Sleeping bag

Ground mat

Bivvy bag

Clothing for ten days (t-shirts, jumpers, shorts, trousers, underwear etc.)

Warm clothing (fleece, hat etc.)

Old runners

Boating gear (PFD, swimming shorts, boating shoes, rain gear)


Wash bag/toiletries (please note: products which contain micro-beads are banned)

Sun cream

Insect repellent

Water bottle

Torch (with spare batteries)

Bowl, cup, spoon, knife, fork

Tea towel x2

Spending money (no more than €5)

Mobile phones are NOT PERMITTED on this camp and will be confiscated for the duration of camp.



The total cost of Summer Camp is €220 (including €50 deposit). The balance is due on Friday 29 June; this can be paid in cash or by a cheque payable to ‘GASOGA MARA 8’.


If any Scout has to arrive late or leave camp early for any reason, this must be brought to the attention of the Section Leaders by Friday 6 July.

Scouts should contact their Watch Leader with any questions.

Go raibh maith agaibh.

Malahide sailing trip: June 2018

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Day 1: Dún Laoghaire to Malahide, overnight in Malahide Sea Scout Den Day 2: Malahide to Dún Laoghaire Fleet consisted of New Moon, an R.I.Y.C. 1720, 3x N.Y.C. RS Ventures, Big Bird and Imogene.

Manannán sailing trip

Manannán News

Manannán will be going on a sailing weekend to Malahide over the June bank holiday weekend, 2-3 June, staying overnight in Malahide Sea Scout Den on Saturday 2 June. Please note that this trip is strictly weather-permitting and is subject to last-minute cancellation.


We will need to depart early on Saturday 2 June due to tides so we will be meeting in the Den at 0730, before sailing to Malahide. Scouts should make sure they have a big breakfast before they leave for the Den as it will be a long sail to Malahide.

We will stay overnight in Malahide Sea Scout Den, before sailing back to Dún Laoghaire on Sunday 3 June. We expect to be finished in the Den on Sunday at around 1830.


Gear list:

*All gear must be packed in one bag lined with bin liners for transport by boat*

Medication if required – must be brought to attention of Section Leaders

Packed lunch for Saturday


PFD – all Scouts must have a 100N orange lifejacket for this trip

Sleeping bag

Ground mat

Swimming shorts

Waterproof leggings

Boating shoes

Rash-vest/old t-shirt/baselayer

Warm layer (fleece/training top etc.)


Warm hat

Warm change of clothes for overnight stay

Wash bag/toiletries


Water bottle


Bowl, spoon

Spending money for dinner in Malahide (see below)



All Scouts must bring spending money of around €10 as we will be getting dinner in the chipper in Malahide. There is no further cost for this trip.


Scouts are reminded that they must have completed their Swim Test before this trip. If Scouts have any questions they should contact their Watch Leader.

Once again, this trip is entirely weather-permitting and is subject to last-minute cancellation.

Go raibh maith agaibh.

Manannán meetings extended

Manannán News

Meetings now 1900-2130

As we are now at the beginning of the boating season, from Friday 18 May Manannán meetings will be extended to run from 1900-2130. Luí isteach will be at 1900, so Scouts should be in the Den for 1850 to ensure they are on time and in full uniform for luí isteach.

Boating gear

All Scouts will now need boating gear in addition to full uniform on Friday nights. This includes: life jacket, swimming shorts, old t-shirt/base layer, boating shoes/old runners/booties, rainjacket/cag.


Every week the Faire Dualgais (Duty Watch) must come down early to bail the boats, and will also be required to stay behind an extra 10 minutes to clean up after the meeting. Each Watch takes it in turns as Faire Dualgais, and Watch Leaders will inform their Watches when they are on Dualgas for the week.

Go raibh maith agaibh.


Smelvin Camp: April 2018

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Well done to the Manannán team who competed in the Dún Laoghaire County Shield in Larch Hill, along with teams from Blackrock, Tullow and Stillorgan.

Manannán swim test

Manannán News

The Manannán swim test will be on Friday 27 April. All Scouts must demonstrate that they can swim and tread water without a life jacket. In addition to full uniform as normal, Scouts will need:

  • swimming shorts
  • old t-shirt
  • old runners that can get wet/boating shoes/booties
  • towel

Wetsuits are not permitted for the swim test. Scouts should contact their Watch Leaders with any questions.

Go raibh maith agaibh.