The Sea Scout Centenary 1912-2012 was launched on Saturday 14th April 2012 in Croke Park,Dublin. Over 600 Sea Scouts,Venture,Rovers and their leaders traveled from all over Ireland to take part in a full day of events. Scouts started arriving from 11.00hrs. onwards by foot,bus ,train,coach and even we noticed a passing barge along the Royal Canal.Who came in the barge?
From the moment scouts arrived they were treated to light refreshments and a place on the Cusack stand to join in the true scout spirit ,with entertainment by Christy McCann. Guests started to arrive.The Chief Scout was welcomed by being piped aboard by members of 8th Port Dunlaoghaire Sea Scouts (Fodhla). A minutes silence was called for all past members of Sea Scouting and Scouting. Special remembrance for those who volunteered and went to sea during World War One and Two and for all souls lost at sea.May their souls rest in peace.
The formal part of the day began by assembling all scouts and leaders into the shape of the Scouts Fleur-de-Lys in the courtyard of the Cusack Stand. Line by line the scouts arrived and were filtered around the outside of the marked out shape on the cobble lock bricks.The photographer Sheldon Long is lifted forty foot into the sky and snaps the now famous shaped photo. Group leader Robert McKernan led the 110 strong contingent from Malahide Sea Scouts .It was a credit to the three Skippers , Skipper Stephanie Mc Cann (Neala),Skipper Sean Clancy(Wed. Night) and Skipper James Doyle (Fri.Night) for the good turn out. Two more photos were taken.
Leaders from Malahide got the chance to meet the Chief Scout and exchange greetings and ideas for the coming years. A special raffle took place with sponsored prizes from P&O Irish Ferries,Croke Park GAA Museum,Microsoft Games and a IPod shuffle.