Our Team Of Leaders

Over the past eighty five years there have been hundreds of adult leaders who have given a huge amount of time, energy and commitment to the De La Salle Scout Group. With those leaders the Group has flourished and grown into the successful Group it is today catering for approximately 200 young people. The role of the Scouter is one that entails many responsibilities, including those to the young people, to parents, to Scouting Ireland and to themselves. De La Salle prides itself in providing, training and supporting a team of skilled and committed Leaders in all of its sections.

On the 2011 Leaders Weekend in the Burren Co. Clare

Group Officers

Elaine Hayes
Group Leader
The first female Group Leader in the group’s long history. Small in stature but don’t cross her. Holds the Guinness World Record for world’s fastest sandwich maker. Contact: groupleader@dlscouts.ie 
David O Neill 
Assistant Group Leader
David has seen the light, and arrived from the dark side!!!! So now it is time to take down the Melvin Badges!!!
Owen Riordan
Group Chairperson
It is hard to keep a straight face when “The Riordan” is around and nobody is safe from a slagging from him. While he hasn’t been seen on a mountain in this century, he is very occasionally spotted in the outdoors. May well work as a secret agent.
Tom Casey
Finance Officer
Better known as TC, he is an avid mountaineer, triathlete, runner, surfer, songwriter and musician. He is happiest when juggling at summits above 3000 feet having talked himself and everybody else to the top.
Sarah Lawrence
Group Secretary
A veteran of most sections at this stage. 2nd behind Elaine Hayes in the world’s fastest sandwich maker competition. Contact: news@dlscouts.ie 

Support Team

John O Donoghue
Group Trainer
Was in the Irish Navy and is completely out of his tree. He’s not afraid to join in with any section from time to time. Just remember keep him away from unattended glasses of any liquid or bags of sugar.
Ian Sinnott
Faithlegg Warden
Everybody calls him Sid. Not all of that grey in his hair is paint. Nearly pulled half the leadership team off the Aiguille du Tour in the French Alps. Be careful though he sometimes looks asleep, but he’s not!
Robert Windle
Group Quartermaster
The Drum Sergeant who has done a few mountain rescues in his time, nobody can really figure out Roddy at all.

Pat Murphy
Pipe Major
Pat or ‘Murph’ is responsible for ensuring that the Group makes lots of noise. As well as being involved at National level, he has also held at least 360 other posts in Irish scouting over the years. After many years we have still to figure out why it takes him so long to tune the pipes with that gadget at mass parades.

Colm Ennis
Online Editor
Shows occasional flashes of madness and still has a tendancy to lead people up and down cliffs. twitter.com/colenn
Seán Ó Gríofa
Online Editor
Joined De La Salle in the mid 90′s much to the annoyance of everybody. He has lasted this long and has built up a little knowledge of a few scouting skills. Quite good up the mountains and regularly brings teams of scouts up there. Hopefully some day he will use his high flying skills to bring us to far away lands like Africa or Kerry.
twitter.com/Fly_Boy_Sean

The Leadership Team on June 9th 2012

3rd Beaver Colony

Ray Smith
“Smithy” – was a leader in the 7th Scouts for 14 years before he made the ultimate change and become a Beaver leader. He has been immortalised in the campfire song about Yogi bear.
Tony Hennessy
A whiz with the camera and all things Civil Defence. Handy to have around if you need a stretcher built in a hurry.
Annamae Smith

Part of the Smith dynasty. Has taken part in her fair share of competitions, doesn’t like washing pots though.

Eoin Smith
The lead drummer in the band, after a few years of “finding himself”, Smithy Junior has decided to come back in to the Beavers and give the auld fella a hand.
Eimear Costello 
Another member of the crazy kilt wearing Pipe Band. Spent her youth time in the 7th Scouts and now she’s ready to impart her knowledge.
Kirsten Hennessy

Daughter of Tony. Another member of the band and formerly the 7th Scouts. Very good if you need a decent article written.

7th Beaver Colony

Yvonne Sinnott

Stronger than she looks,memory of an elephant!

Vickie Butler
Adds the sweetness to our group!

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Cub Pack

George Kavanagh
Rumoured to have been on Brownsea Island. George has been the leader in the 3rd since it opened in 1966. His garden is about the size of the Phoenix Park.
Eoin Kelly
Scarily fast on the hills and cliffs (is he the fastest?) and has a liking for the Clonmel Champagne. Rumoured to have walked the 603km from Dursey Head to Dun Laoighre in just 21 days.
Eric Lalor
Drives the buses and drives us mad
Niall McCarthy
The big fella, recently promoted to official flag holder at investitures.
Ciaran Kelly
The new young fella of the leadership team.

7th Cub Pack

 

John O’Donoghue
Was in the Irish Navy and is completely out of his tree. He’s not afraid to join in with any section from time to time. Just remember keep him away from unattended glasses of any liquid or bags of sugar.
Emily Costello
Another drummer in the band, Emily has come up through the ranks and has been thrown in the deep end with O’Donoghue. Don’t let her play any games in the scout hall and keep her away from benches.
Peter Murphy
One of the faster moving Cub leaders in the Group. Indeed before Peter we weren’t sure if Cub leaders could even walk, but this guy can even run. Has been known to drive the wrong way down one way streets. His renditions of “Everywhere We Go” are world class.

13th Cub Pack

David Guilfoyle
David was actually the Macaoimh leader of must of the current Scoutleaders but he’ll never admit this. He’s the official Group cameraman and someday he may even video something.
Keith Cunningham
Unfortunately he has taken to wearing strange hats. He also set a new record for the highest amount of money ever spent on hiking gear in the group in just a half an hour 
Elaine Stone
Another one of our kilt wearing pipers, Elaine has seen the light and joined the cubs.

3rd Scout Troop

Paschal Guilfoyle
He was the one with the famous thick black(ish) beard (we miss it) and is the definitive all round Scoutleader. Definitely the mountainy type, Paschal was once seen in wetgear costing less than €10. He wrote the book on Scouting, has a strange stone altar in his garden and occasionally has difficulty remembering to put the handbrake on his car.
David Collins
Better and really only known as Ginter. Has been a leader in every section of the Group at this stage. Has the group’s worst pair of lungs and with his tattoos, sharing a tent with him is like “sleeping next to the Book of Kells”.
Ian Sinnott
Everybody calls him Sid. Not all of that grey in his hair is paint. Nearly pulled half the leadership team off the Aiguille du Tour in the French Alps. Be careful though he sometimes looks asleep, but he’s not!
Emily Ennis
Not married to Colm but rather and at long last to his brother. Imported from the Guides, her mission is to make us cook and bake and see beyond burnt burgers.
Dean Purcell
He isn’t a day over 21 but it seems like he has been in De La Salle since the dawn of time. Knows a few skills and is a handy man to have around when you need to organise a group weekend or two.
Kieran O Connor
After an alien abduction Kieran is back in the Group, a hugely experinced leader he is tipped for greatness. Also follows the De La Salle tradition of ridicolous hats.

7th Scout Troop

Robert Windle
The Drum Sergeant who has done a few mountain rescues in his time, nobody can really figure out Roddy at all.
Paul Windle 
Roddy’s older brother. Brings sophistication snd balance to the section. Not to be meesed with on camp.
Billy Collins
The “Hunca” is best known for carrying a portable poultry farm onto the Irish Hills. Billy was designed for all conditions and situations. The ideal man to be around for a weekend if you’ve no grub.

De La Salle Venture Scout Crew

David O’Neill
David has seen the light, and arrived from the dark side!!!! So now it is time to take down the Melvin Badges!!!
Gary Sinnott
No relation to Ian. Very useful when the lights go out.
Eric Whelan
Eric is hard to classify. When he isn’t breaking his teeth or breaking sledge hammers off people he is another one of our mountaineering consultants. We recommend him!
Oisín O Byrne
Our long haired, laid back leader (possibly a hippy). Was a member of a couple of other troops in Wexford and Dublin before he joined our happy campers. Gets a little miffed when left behind on mountains.
Dana Fleseru
Oisín’s missus, a brave soul to go in to that section.

The auld crew: Aidan Ennis, David Collins, John Sharpe, Billy Collins, Tom Casey, Paschal Guilfoyle, John Hennebry, Ian Sinnott, Billy Flynn and Jimmy Collins on an early Leaders Weekend in the Wicklow Mountains.