Dragon Boating at Grand Canal Dock, July 2017

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18 Fodhla scouts and two leaders, John and Aine, headed into Grand Canal Dock by DART on a beautiful, sunny July afternoon. They were met by Warrant Officer Brian Welsh, who introduced them to Tara and Dympna of the Irish Dragon Boat Association. The scouts were quickly kitted out with paddles, given instruction and a […]

Summer Camp 2017 (Manannán)

Manannán News

This year’s Summer Camp will be based on Loch Bó Dearg, Co. Roscommon. Manannán will camp from 14-23 July.


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

Wednesday 12 July, 1600 – boats to be recovered from water

Thursday 13 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 14 July, wearing full uniform with hiking boots instead of black shoes. Everyone will need to bring a packed lunch for Friday.

We expect to be back in the Den by 1530 on Sunday 23 July.


Gear list

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

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

Packed lunch for Friday

Full Sea Scout uniform (excluding black shoes)

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

Sun cream

Insect repellent

1l. 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.



The total cost of Summer Camp is €240 (including €50 deposit); this includes camp fees of €220 as usual plus €20 for a subsidised Manannán t-shirt and training top. The balance must be paid by Friday 7 July; 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 7 July.

Scouts should contact their Watch Leader with any questions.

Go raibh maith agaibh.

Eriu Summer Camp, Lough Dan May 2017

Eriú News

The entire Eriu troop of 23 cubs headed off to Summer Camp in Lough Dan at the end of May. Friday night was clear and warm, so the cubs played soccer until late followed by a lively campfire with Gary on his guitar and Lucy and Maria on their feadogs, with all the cubs and leaders joining in their favourite campfire songs. Then down to the serious business of toasting marshmallows and making s’mores! An early start on Saturday morning saw the cubs enjoying the obstacle course and the tyre swing before the heavy rain arrived. Sadly too wet to hike so the cubs played some games in the barn before heading back to camp to eat their packed lunches, chat and play Top Trumps. Thankfully the rain stopped, a beautiful rainbow appeared and we had time for a short campfire and more s’mores! Sunday started with yummy pancakes and Nutella before the cubs headed off for crate stacking and a swim in the lake` Then sadly it was time to pack up camp and head home until next year.


Ireland’s Eye Camp: 3-4 June

Manannán News

Manannán will be going on a sailing weekend to Ireland’s Eye over the June bank holiday weekend, 3-4 June, camping overnight on Saturday 3 June.


We will be meeting in the Den at 1300 on Saturday 3 June, before sailing to Howth. We will camp overnight on Ireland’s Eye, before sailing back to Dún Laoghaire on Sunday 4 June. We expect to be finished in the Den on Sunday at around 1400.


Gear list:

*All gear must be packed in one bag for transport out to Ireland’s Eye*

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


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 change of clothes for overnight stay

Wash bag/toiletries


Water bottle


Packed lunch for Saturday

Bowl, spoon

Spending money for dinner in Howth (see below)



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


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

Please note that this trip is entirely weather-permitting and is subject to cancellation.

Go raibh maith agaibh.