2015 Reports










Having spent the last three years as County Commissioner, I have to say it has been a rewarding time in many ways. I have met lots of new people, made many new friends and learned something new every day. The year has not been without a few hitches but nothing that has been insurmountable.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome our new Chief Scout, Christy McCann to Galway County and our AGM. I would like to thank our Chief for taking time out of his very busy schedule to join us and hope he enjoys the night. I would also like to welcome our newly elected Provincial Commissioner, Joe Doherty and Provincial Training Co-ordinator Paul Mannion and wish Joe and his Team the very best going forward.

I would like to extend my thanks to my County Team for all their hard work and for the support they have given me in my role. Our programme team have worked exceptionally hard throughout the year. Big thanks to Mark O`Connor Beavers, Pete Ashton Cubs, Dee Mathews Scouts and all who rowed in to help them along the way. A special word of thanks to Dee for the fantastic job she has done over the past three years and I wish her the very best going forward. I would also like to welcome Veronica Stone as our new County PRO. Veronica has worked very hard to get our County Website up to date and has great plans going forward for promoting Scouting in our County and further afield.         

As for my immediate team, a very special word of thanks to Chairperson & CTC Tommy Flaherty, Secretary Miriam Pybus, Treasurer Mary Long and CPC Bobby Reynolds for the work they have all put in. Thank you also, for the personal support you have given me in doing my role, it has been very much appreciated.

A big thank you goes out to our outgoing Youth Reps and a warm welcome to our new ones. The enthusiasm they show is what Scouting is all about. I welcome their ideas and their views and feel as young people, they have a lot to offer on behalf of all our Youth members in our County.

And last but not least, I would like to thank our outgoing Group Leaders, all of whom I have had the pleasure of working and building friendships with. Thanks also to our new and existing Group Leaders, Section Leaders, Scouters and Parents within Galway County for all that you do.

Going forward, Galway County has some very positive changes taking place. First up has to be the acquisition of our very own camping site. Coillte has signed on the dotted line and given us full use of a fabulous site in the Moycullen area. This site is all we could wish for, with exceptional lake views which I’m sure, will be a tonic to wake up to on camping mornings. I would like to welcome Project Manager Sean Greene back to our Management Committee and thank Sean for taking on the role. I am looking forward to working closely with Sean and County going forward in seeing the development of our site taking place.  Together we will make this happen and hopefully, in the not too distant future, we will see our County camps taking place in Moycullen.

Our County has expanded with the opening this year of our new group 31st Galway Bengoora who are doing very well. Another group are in the process of opening 7th Galway Gasoga Mara Na Gaeltachta. I would like to thank Staff for the support they have given these groups and welcome all members of these groups to our County.

We have had a fantastic and very rewarding year in relation to programme, with increasing numbers of our youth members participating in camps and events. Well done to everyone who took part in all events run by the County, with a special mention to each of our Phoenix teams, who did themselves and our County proud. We had the biggest attendance yet at the recent Patrol Leaders training in Petersburg and I am working with our PYPR Michelle Comer to run this training specifically for Galway County next year. Another Cub CSA camp took place in Ruan, even with icicles on the tents. The CSA Camp has encouraged an increase in Chief Scout Awards being achieved, for which I have had the pleasure of presenting many. 

 Ventures hosted Ventstorm in Renville Park which saw lots of Ventures from around our Province taking part. Planning is already in motion for a repeat of this event. Our Ventures and Rovers are taking ownership of their programme as a result of Youth Reps pulling things together and as for our Beavers, they are aiming for a bigger challenge with planning taking place for their first County Camp.

Our Youth Reps are not only doing a fantastic job in our County but both at Provincial and National Level too. We have Reps from Galway on the Provincial Team. We have Reps involved with the National Youth Empowerment Team and other areas of National importance. They are making their voices heard and well done to them all.

Rovers, Fionn Delanhunty and Cathal Breannach completed their Explorer Belt in Germany during the summer. Rover Roisin O`Connell went to Haarlem Jamborette as a member of Staff. We had Hannah O`Brian from 13th Renmore  and Caoimhe Fitzgibbon, Luke Corrigan, Oisin Donnellan & Aoife Lavelle 8th Oranmore travel to Japan for the World Jamboree. Cormac Casey & Cian Gleeson St Pat`s are full of excitement preparing to head off to do their Crean Challenge in Iceland. With our Youth members participating in events like these, they are promoting our County, which is paving the way for International visitors to our own camp site in the future.

One of my favourite memories of the year has to be sitting at National Council and seeing our Youth Reps take to the podium to have their say. They showed Youth Empowerment at its best and displayed a confidence and belief that touched me personally. I have no doubt the enthusiasm that is within our County can only promote more of the same. Well done and thanks to every youth member and Rep within our County, you are what Scouting is all about. You are the fun of Scouting, keep enjoying what you do, keep smiling and most importantly keep having fun!

I look forward to the year ahead with a renewed enthusiasm and wish you all a very happy and fun filled year.


Yours in Scouting,

Chris Roche

Galway County Commissioner






Galway   Scout County

Secretary’s   Report

AGM   November 2015




Report for the period December 4th 2014 to  November 25th 2015

During this period the Management Committee have met four times and the County Board has met 3 times. The County Board put forward a number of motions to National Council and had a very interesting meeting with the candidates up for election at National Council.

Progress has been made in a number of areas in the County Plan.

A workshop was held by Professional Staff for the programme team.

The campsite has been secured and a project manager appointed to oversee the development of the site.

A PRO was appointed and the County Website is up and running again.

A full programme of County Events was organised by the programme team and Scouters in the programme sections.

A sub group was created to look at Governance for Scout Groups and the Charities Act.

Thank you to all the County Officers, County Coordinators and Group Leaders who submitted their reports in a timely manner so that this report could be prepared for the AGM.