Scout leader Ann is this month's local hero. "Never in a million years did I think I'd get this involved, but it's all or nothing in scouting for the thing to work well," Ann O'Halloran smiled.
Ann's role as a leader in the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scouts Troop isn't just about tying knots and camping under the stars. Her dedication to both the beaver section (children aged 6-8 years) and to the senior scouts (15-18 years) in Bagenalstown is unwavering and committed.
"You wouldn't believe the amount she does with the children", her daughter Fiona, who nominated Ann for the Local Heroes Award, explained. Every Friday night, Ann can be found in McGrath Hall, Bagenalstown with the scouts, where she's deeply involved in helping the young people to achieve such prestigious recognition as the Gaisce award - the only civilian accolade presented by the president of Ireland - and the St. George's award, the highest honour that can be achieved in scouting. Such is her dedication to helping the young people achieve merits for the awards that this summer Ann headed off to the Camino de Santiago with 13 others, including leaders.
Carlow’s Local Heroes is a new community-based awards initiative that aims to recognise and celebrate local people who, in the eyes of their friends, neighbours and colleagues, can truly be described as making a positive difference to people’s lives