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Scouts100 - An Exhibition Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting in Ireland

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND PREAS RÁITEAS THAR CEANN ARD-MHÚSAEM NA hÉIREANN

15TH April 2008

Scouts100 - An Exhibition Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting in Ireland

AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND

A new exhibition entitled "Scouts100 - living the Adventure” opens to the public on

Sunday 20th April at 2.00pm

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History,

Collins Barracks, Dublin 7.

Available for interviews on Sunday 20th April 2008:

Dr Patrick F. Wallace - Director of the National Museum of Ireland

Mr Joseph Marken – Communications Director of Scouting Ireland

Mr Kiernan Gildea – Chief Commissioner for Youth Programme of Scouting Ireland

In 1908, a magazine by Robert Baden Powell,’ Scouting for Boys’, invited young people to form patrols, wear a uniform, be prepared and camp and survive in wild places. It created an exciting adventure for young people from which Scouting grew to become the largest youth movement in the world, with 28 million members worldwide.

In its centenary year in Ireland, a temporary exhibition in the Riding School at Collins Barracks explores the experience, adventure and thrills of young people over the last 100 years. Scouting has an enduring appeal to young people and has become part of the fabric of Irish social history.

The exhibition includes - displays spanning the decades from 1908 right up until modern day. It shows the highlights of Scouting throughout the last Century as it affected millions of young people throughout the world and hundreds of thousands of in Ireland. It also includes World and Irish Jamborees during the past century. Some of the highlights of the exhibit are actual footage of the Founder Baden Powell addressing the Scout Association, mementoes taken from the first ever camp in Brownsea Island back in 1907 and the badge that Eagle Scout, Neil Armstrong brought to the Moon on his historic voyage in 1969.

The exhibition will open following a grand parade of Scouts and veterans at Clarke Square, Collins Barracks at 2.25pm on Sunday 20th of April. The highlight of the ceremony will be the sounding of a Kudu horn, first used by Baden Powell at the original Scout camp on Brownsea Island 100 years ago and the raising of the World and Irish Scout flags. The Ceremony will be introduced by the Director of The National Museum of Ireland, Pat Wallace who is delighted to be able to host this major event at Collins Barracks.

This temporary exhibition will run from 20 April - September 2008.

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 2pm to 5pm on Sundays. Closed Monday. Admission to all exhibitions at the National Museum of Ireland are free of charge. Museum shop and Café on site.

Additional Information

Sunday's Schedule 20th April 2008:

1.30pm - 2.00pm Scouts will arrive for parade

2.00pm - 2.25pm Scouts will form up

2.25pm - 2.30pm Parade into Square up to Flags

Order of Parade:

·         Waterford Scout Pipe band in front

·         Colour Party (Flags) next

·         Beavers (6-7 year olds) next

·         Cubs (8-10 year olds) next

·         Scouts (11-15 year olds) next

·         Venture Scouts (16-19 year olds) next

·         Sea Scouts (11-17 year olds different uniform) next

·         Veterans and Adult members last

2.30pm - 2.45pm Opening Ceremony

Order of Opening Ceremony:

·         Raise World Scout Flag

·         Raise Irish Association Flag

·         Cub Ribbon at Entrance

·         (Note: These 3 events will be done by a member of each of the 3 oldest Groups in Ireland)

·         Kudu Horn is blown (Significant from Scouting as Baden Powell blew one on first ever Scout Camp and its honoured at every world Jamboree)

·         Speech's

2.45pm Parade off Square & Guests are invited into exhibition

3.00pm Open to the public.

For Further Press Information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Maureen Gaule - Marketing Executive - Marketing Department - National Museum of Ireland

Tel: 01 - 648 64 28 E-Mail: mgaule@museum.ie Website: www.museum.ie

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