With well-known personalities such as Sonia O’Sullivan, Kathryn Thomas, Una Healy, Myrtle Allen, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, and former justice Catherine McGuinness, among the many former Guides, A Hundred Years A-Growing is a celebration of this youth-driven girl-only organisation.
Exploring the events that have shaped the organisation during its first hundred years, A Hundred Years A-Growing looks at the challenges encountered by the Guides as they battled discrimination, poor funding and weak organisation, as well as the upheavals wrought by civil war and the world wars. The book examines the growing international aspects of the organisation and the way the core ethos of the Guides has remained unchanged through the years.
Accompanied by hundreds of rare and unpublished photographs spanning the decades, we chart the Guides’ development and contribution to Irish life. Some of the thousands of Irish women who have been members of the Irish Girl Guides share their experiences of being part of the Guiding family. This superbly-illustrated book will make a wonderful gift for everyone who has ever been a Guide, and is a permanent record of an organisation entering its second century.
The Irish Girl Guides have over 10,000 members throughout Ireland ranging in age from the Ladybirds of 5 – 7 years to Senior Branch members from 14 – 26 years; the Irish Girl Guides offers an age-specific programme that’s educational and fun, with a strong emphasis on the outdoors, community responsibility and teamwork. The Irish Girl Guides gives women an opportunity to develop leadership skills and to be challenged to their fullest potential.