Donnybrook Scouts


9K .jpg image of 1952 Scouts Unit Committee
Scouts' Unit Committee 1952 (Front L. to R.: J.Ayers, Rev.M.F.Crowe, L.Donohoe, Back: S.Watson, J.Murray, J.P.O'Connor, H.Walshe), Photo: H.J.Clarke (full image 84K)

The following material is extracted from minutes of meetings, a card index, lists, etc. in my father's papers regarding the Donnybrook Scouts past members' association. A list of names of past scouts, contacted in 1966-68, is also provided. Other photos available are of Joe Mooney (Brother Eugene O.F.M.Cap, Zambia), Tony Nelson receiving presentation from s/m Jim O'Connor 40th, Presentation of Diocesan Colours to Donnybrook in 1951 at Clonliffe College, Joe Doyle & 'Tiny' Dunne, Tiger Patrol Carlow 1952 - George O'Connor, Paddy Sheehan, Denis McLoughlin, Paddy McDonald & Niall Jones, Presentation to Mrs. O'Reilly and Mrs. Egon in Scout Hall. Names could be useful for those researching family with links to the area. No further information is, however, available on the names listed.

Early History

In 1927 Monsignor Daniel Moloney LL D. founded in Donnybrook the 3rd Dublin Troop of the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland. By 1930 the original Troop which had been the first to hold a weekend camp and church parade (Bray 1928) had increased so much in numbers that two other Troops, viz. 40th and 41st were added. in 1928 Monsignor Moloney, assisted by the brothers George and Leo Purcell, both highly accomplished bandsmen formed a pipe band. The band, composed solely of scouts, became Junior Pipe Band Champions in 1932 and was nominated to represent Ireland at the International Folk Festival in Brittany. In 1930 the Band also led the C.B.S.I. pilgimage to Lourdes, where amidst the many Troop colours and flags of all countries, it had the privilege of being the first Pipe Band to play in Rosary Square. Again in 1934, having left Dublin on board the "Lancastria" (sunk Bay of Biscay, World War II) and played at Gibraltar and Morocco en route to Rome, it was the first Pipe Band to play in St. Peter's Square.

Past Members' Association

Organising Committee 30/9/1966
Present were Messrs. Joe Dempsey, Eddie Curran, Gerry Saunders, John O'Connor, Michael Potts, James (Fonso) Walsh, Nicholas Kavanagh, Joe Coughlan, Tony Dollard, Stanley Byrne, Tony Murphy & Liam Maher (Unit Leader).
Organising Committee:
Chairman: Joe Dempsey
Vice Chairman: Eddie Curran
Secretary: John O'Connor
Treasurer: Gerry Saunders
Committee: James (Fonso) Walsh, Ml. Potts, Wm. Potts, Nick Kavanagh, Joe Coughlan, Tony Dollard, Stanley Byrne, Mahon Kennedy, Tony Murphy, Roy Duggan.
2nd Meeting 28/10/1966
3rd Meeting 18/11/1966

The Sacred Heart Unit Donnybrook C.B.S.I. Past Members' Association.
Object: To reunite former members of the Sacred Heart Unit Donnybrook C.B.S.I.
Constitution approved at AGM on 25/11/1966.
President: J.J.Dempsey
Vice President: Wm. Potts
Secretary: J.F.O'Connor
Asst. Secretary: Tony Murphy
Treasurer: Eddie Curran
Committee: Tommy Darcy, Paddy Buggle, Joe Conway, Dermot McForlone, Jim O'Connor, Vincent Keogh & Tom Kelly
1st Meeting Executive Committee 9/12/1966
2nd Meeting Executive Committee 30/12/1966
Decided to hold reunion dinner at the Clarence Hotel on 27/2/1967
45 members attended
Mass for Deceased members of the Unit November 1967

2nd AGM 28/5/1968
President: Larry Lennan
Vice President: John F. O'Connor
Secretary: Vincent Keogh
Asst. Secretary: Mylie Dungan
Treasurer: Eddie Curran
Committee: Tommy Gregory, Jimmy Malone, Wally Thompson, Joe Conway, Tommy Darcy & Tom Reilly
Mr. Charlie Fennell, Tom Foley & Noel Longmore agreed to make efforts to compile an accurate history of Catholic Scouting in Donnybrook from 1927 to the present time.
2nd Annual Dinner Hotel Victor 2/11/1968

Members of the Sacred Heart Unit Donnybrook C.B.S.I. Past Members' Association, included ballad singers - Danny Doyle and Johnny McEvoy, Abbey actors - Paddy Long and Eamonn Morrissey, TV producer - Muiris MacGonigal, Olympic wrestler - Dermot Dunne, and soccer international - Ronnie Nolan.

A full list of those ex-scouts contacted in 1968 (on the basis of partial card and typed data) is attached in .pdf format

Some extra photos

15K .jpg image of presentation at scout hall
Caption: Presentation to Mrs O'Reilly & Mrs Egan in Scout Hall (full image 813K)

14K .jpg image of Joe Mooney
Caption: Joe Mooney, now Bro. Eugene, O.F.M. Cap., Zambia (full image 155K)

9.5K .jpg image of Doyle and Dunne
Caption: Joe Doyle & "Tiny" Dunne (full image 129K)

20K .jpg image of Tiger Patrol
Caption: Tiger Patrol, Carlow, 1952, 41st, L to R: George O'Connor, Paddy Sheehan, Denis McLoughlin, Paddy McDonald, Niall Jones (full image 134K)

19K .jpg image of Presentation of colours
Caption: Presentation of Diocesan colours to D'brook, Clonliffe College 1951 (full image 618K)

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