5000 young people from 22 countries are in Kilkenny to celebrate seventy years of scouting in Ireland.

The first scout troops in Ireland were started in Greystones and Dundalk in 1908.  Today the scouting movement has 10,500 members, both boys and girls, of all denominations.  

International Brotherhood is the theme of Woodstock ’78.

The Woodstock Estate near Inistioge in County Kilkenny is host to the international scouting jamboree.  President Patrick Hillery performs the official opening ceremony, which is also attended by ambassadors from seven countries.  

Also present are members of the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland, the Scout Association of Northern Ireland, the Irish Girl Guides and the Catholic Guides of Ireland.  Scouts taking part in the jamboree will participate in orienteering, hiking, handicrafts, technology, canoeing and rowing on the River Nore.  

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 August 1978.  The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.