Slieve Bloom Scout County

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Slieve Bloom Scout County
Slieve Bloom Scout County
Headquarters Tullamore Scout Den
Location Midlands,
Country Ireland
Membership 14 troops
County Commissioner James Marks
Deputy County Coommissioner Edward Doyle
Affiliation Scouting Ireland

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The Slieve Bloom Scout County is a Scouting Ireland affiliated county in the midlands area of Ireland around the Slieve Bloom Mountains.


The County is made up of 14 troops, one from Tipperary, 5 from Laois and 8 from Offaly. The county is widely considered one of the strongest in the country with a very unified view at important events such as Scouting Ireland's National Council.[citation needed] Regular county meetings are held in Birr in County Offaly. The county itself covers troops from towns in the area such as Roscrea, Birr, Tullamore and Portlaoise. The troops have regular county events together, mainly in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. In these mountains, the county has one national campsite at Srahan Scout Centre. [1]


This is a list of troops in the county:

1st Laois Portlaoise 6th Laois Mountrath 3rd laois Durrow 7th Laois Camross 1st Laois Mountmellick

1st/10th Offaly Tullamore 7th Offaly Ballykilmurray 3rd Offaly Birr 13th Offaly Pullough 9th Offaly Ferbane 6th Offaly Banagher and Lusmagh 5th Offaly Coolderry 2nd Offaly Clara

6th Tipperary Roscrea


The county participates actively in provincial and national events. At National Council 2008, it was said of the county that it displayed "great unity" as members of the county backed each other up on motions put forward by county commissioner, James Marks. Some criticised the county for putting in so many motions but, in general, the reactions were good.[citation needed] At the National Youth Forum in 2008, Slieve Bloom sent a large group of delegates and in the end, one of the delegates, Briain de Seadhach, was elected to the National Youth Reps. [2] The strength of the county is further displayed in the fact that the South-Eastern Province Provincial Commissioner, Francis Minogue, is also from the Province- 6th Tipperary Roscrea troop. The county organised a large amount of events in 2008 including a Regional Mountain Challenge (County MPC) [3] , a County Challenge Day (and on to the National Challenge Day) and a Santa Claus visit to Srahan scout centre for younger scouts. More events like these are planned for 2009.[1]