Boys' Brigade members past and present attend special thanksgiving service in Saint Patrick's Cathedral to mark their centenary year.

The Boys' Brigade, founded in Glasgow on 4 October 19884 by William Alexander Smith, has developed into a worldwide organisation. In Ireland, 1,500 boys between 6 and 17 are part of the movement which is organised along military lines. Their objective is still based on the twin pillars of religion and discipline.

More than 1,000 past and present members of the Boys' Brigade attended a special thanksgiving service in Saint Patrick's Cathedral to mark their centenary year. The service was also attended by President Hillery.

Before the service began, Dr Hillery was presented with a copy of the history of the brigade, entitled ‘Sure and Steadfast’ by 10 year old Mark Vincent from Stillorgan, a member of the junior section of the third Dublin Company.

The sermon at the service was given by the Right Reverend Samuel Poyntz Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross who said

The Boys’ Bridge could make a real contribution to the well-being of our young people in the present climate of uncertainty.

After the service, a march of past and present members took place, where the salute was taken by the President for the Southern Ireland District, Reverend Kevin Dalton.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 October 1983. The reporter is Caroline Erskine.