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There was much whooping, cheering and splashing when the Greystones Harbour Sea Scouts had the official opening of their swanky new den.

After two years of fitting and furnishing, the new home for the Beaver, Cubs and Sea Scouts sections of 18th Wicklow is finally ready for some nautical fun.

With more than 60 members meeting at the den each week, this new club house is a much-needed addition to the town. And having a pen next door, for the groups’ sailing and rowing boats, and kayaks, is a major plus too.

Showing off the full capabilities of the new facilities, the Sea Scouts braved the rough seas in those rowing boats and kayaks whilst the invited landlubbers enjoyed a barbecue and music in the sunshine. Whilst chortling.

The opening was also a chance to recognise the great work of the group leaders over the years, with Michael Andrews, Amber Craughwer, Finbarr O’Connor, Manus Hingerty, Ronan O’Farrell, John Bell, Anita Kerr and Stephen Bellhouse each being recognised with a five-year service award.

Putting these fine people ever so slightly in the shade were Wendy Morgan, who was commended for her ten years of service, whilst Eugene McHugh received his, eh, 50-year award. It was Eugene’s father who started Bray Sea Scouts way back when, and he was a fitting choice to cut the ribbon on the new den.

Commenting on the big day, group leader Tony Wright said, “It was great to see all our scout friends and supporters here. It’s a milestone for the group, to finally have our own dedicated facilities so close to the water. Scouting is about getting kids outside, getting them involved in water sports, and providing them with skills that might just need later in life.

“Having such a fantastic facility like this,” concluded Wright, “means that the future for Sea Scouts in Greystones is extremely bright…”

You can find out more about Greystones Harbour Sea Scouts by emailing enquiries@greystonesseascouts.ie. Thanks to Michael Chestnutt for the photographs.

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