Young Cadets from the Cullybackey detatchment welcomed their sponsor unit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, from Aldershot Hampshire.
The main attraction of The Irish Guard Information Team visit was Domhnal the 3 year old Irish Wolfhound, who is the 11th mascot of the regiment, and even has his own twitter account.
The Cullybackey cadets were all very excited to meet this famous animal but firstly were treated to a demonstration by PT Instructor Robert Richie on the kit which is required to be worn during operations. This was passed round and tried on and agreed by all to be quite heavy.
Then it was the turn of the recent Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition participants cadets Ellen McCaw, Andriy McClenaghan & Joel Roxborough to give their presentation on “Team Building” to Captain James Parke who also kindly agreed to act as their assessor and offered them advice on future expeditions.
He finally gave all the cadets a brief history of the Irish Guards which will come in useful for those cadets who are representing Cullybackey Detachment in the Mini Micks Competition this September.
Captain Parke said: “I believe this is a great youth organisation for all young people and we the Irish Guards are privileged to have such a good detachment here in Cullybackey wearing the cap star of our regiment and to show our regard for the Irish Guards cadets they are affectionately known in the regiment as the Mini Micks.”
Domhnall then made his grand entrance and everyone got a photo of the “most patted” dog in Northern Ireland.