Young Pioneers abstain from alcoholic drink until they
are at least 18 and promise to avoid illicit drugs for
life. Activities are organised to help them enjoy life
in an alcohol-free environment. These include soccer,
Gaelic football, basketball, badminton, quizzes, art
and essay competitions, talent competitions, and other
activities where possible.
There are at
present about 500 Young Pioneers in the parishes of
Longford and Killashee. In recent years many members
have won local and national titles in the various Pioneer
sports and activities. Application forms are available
from your local Pioneer Centre. Tel: Presbytery 043
3346465, or Brendan 043 3341277, or Cathal 043 3345818
or log onto www.pioneerassociation.ie
The first Pioneer Centre in Longford was established
by the Sisters of Mercy in 1911 with Sr. Berchmans as
President. It has been active here most of the time
since then. It is a Catholic Association but membership
is open to all who accept the aims and the three rules.
Lifelong Pioneers commit to doing three things: abstaining
from all alcoholic drink; wearing the Pioneer emblem;
reciting the Pioneer prayer twice daily Those who are
faithful to their pledge receive jubilarian awards.
The highest award is the Fr. Cullen Memorial Medal which
is awarded to diamond jubilarians or for outstanding
service to the Association.