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In 1893 Miss Margaret Lyttle started a Girls’ Club in Sandymount in Dublin where girls enjoyed drill, needlework, games and a little dancing.

Following on from her example other similar Clubs were formed in Dublin. During the years 1908/1909 these ‘girls’ clubs’ were given specific numbers which we still have to this day. These numbers do not always relate to the order in which that particular company was ‘formed’ as some companies disbanded and their number was given to another company and so on.

Recognition should also be made to three remarkable women who were instrumental in the growth of the Girls’ Brigade in Ireland. They were Miss Connie Hall who was the Girls’ Brigade Secretary as well as Captain of the 12th Co. St. Catherine’s and two sisters, Miss Millie Pemberton, Captain of the 4th Company St. Jude’s Parish and Miss Kathleen Pemberton who was Captain of the 5th Company Clontarf Presbyterian. These three ladies also served on Girls’ Brigade Executive Boards and were indeed ahead of their time in terms of their vision.

1970 - Miss Hall, I Hobson & V Dobon on their lunch break
1970 - Miss Hall, I Hobson & V Dobon on their lunch break

From the very beginning of the movement, physical training was important and con­sidered as a natural and valuable training for girls, affording an opportunity of developing, not only a healthy body, but a love of order, friendliness. and a team spirit and eventually many wise and efficient leaders were trained to carry on, where others left off. – Excerpt from the 1958 Jubilee Souvenir Phamplet

Executive incl Lewis Crosby (centre)
1970 - Miss Hall, I Hobson & V Dobon on their lunch break
Connie Hall 1950
1993 - GB visits President Mary Robinson at Áras an Uachtaráin
1993 - GB in The st. Patrick's Day Parade
1893 - Miss Margaret Lyttle starts the first Girls' Brigade in Sandymount Presbyterian Church.

was registered in Jamaica and today Girls’ Brigade is operating in over 50 countries and islands throughout the world.

1898 - new companies open - Rutland Square Church & North Stand

was registered in Jamaica and today Girls’ Brigade is operating in over 50 countries and islands throughout the world.

1923 - the first overseas Company

was registered in Jamaica and today Girls’ Brigade is operating in over 50 countries and islands throughout the world.

1949 - Headquarters Opens

was registered in Jamaica and today Girls’ Brigade is operating in over 50 countries and islands throughout the world.

1968 - Brought the amalgamation of three youth organisations

Taking the name of the most senior organisation; The Girls’ Brigade (founded in Ireland), The Girls’ Guildry (founded in Scotland) and The Girls’ Life Brigade (founded in England) joined forces.

1991 – Independence for Girls' Brigade Ireland

The Girls’ Brigade Ireland became independent from The Girls’ Brigade in Northern Ireland.

1993 – Centenary of The Girls’ Brigade

Many events were organised including a ‘Centenary Rally’ in The Royal Albert Hall London. The Girls’ Brigade Ireland Centenary Display was held in the National Basketball Arena in Dublin and attended by delegates from around the world.

2018 – 125 years of The Girls’ Brigade Ireland

Celebrated by many Companies and Districts culminating with a 125 year Celebratory Dinner attended by a large number of members, past and present.

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Students Graduate Empowered

It started out as a preschool with five students in a church located in the heart of Princeton. Growing rapidly, the school moved into a larger church.

Students are Prepared

It started out as a preschool with five students in a church located in the heart of Princeton. Growing rapidly, the school moved into a larger church.

Home of Mrs. Frances Edmond

It started out as a preschool with five students in a church located in the heart of Princeton. Growing rapidly, the school moved into a larger church building on All Saints.

11 Mercer Street.

It started out as a preschool with five students in a church located in the heart of Princeton. Growing rapidly, the school moved into a larger church.

Herbert O. Hagens '60

It started out as a preschool with five students in a church located in the heart of Princeton. Growing rapidly, the school moved into a larger church building on All Saints.

Bernard Kilgore

It started out as a preschool with five students in a church located in the heart of Princeton. Growing rapidly, the school moved into a larger church.

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National Association of Independent Schools
Association of the French Schools
Association of the French Schools
The Lady Grey
President 1968 - 1973
Lady McDermott
President 1974 - 1983
Hilda Madden
President 1983 - 1993
Nancy Caird
President 1993 - 1996
Barbara Carson
President 1997 - 2003
Joan Darling
President 2003 - 2009