Code of conduct

Members attempt to live by the Code of Honour not just while they are in uniform but when they are off “duty” also. Abiding by the code as a youth will see the Fian in good stead when they reach adulthood.

1. A Fian is Patriotic

He/she learns all about their country, knows its history and language, it’s of his/her ability. With that end in view, he/she makes it a rule to do at least ONE thing every day for his/her country’s cause. He/she plays Gaelic games, sings of his/her country and he/she supports and encourages the purchase of home manufactured goods.

2. A Fian is reliable

He/she is truthful. His or her honour can be trusted. His /her word can be relied upon. He/she does not exaggerate or spread false alarms. H/she controls his tongue, and wins the respect of his friends and superiors. “He let me down once”: This is one of the most damning things that can be said of a person. It means that he/she will never be entirely trusted, never quiet believed, never fully relied on again. Never let this be said of a Fian.

3. A Fian is diligent

He/she works conscientiously for his employer and his country, and by study and perseverance he/she gets to the top in his particular profession. He/she is at the top because he remembers while doing his daily tasks, that it is not for himself alone that he/she is a Fian; that the good name of the Fianna is at stake; and that he/she is not going to let it down.

4. A Fian is kind

He/she is polite in his manners, conduct and language towards others. He/she known’s that the kind deed stamps him/her as a Fian, and he/she is ever ready to lead a hand to those who need it. He/she is a friend to dumb animals and will not harm or hurt them.

5. A Fian is obedient

He/she renders strict obedience to his/her superiors. He/she learns to obey before he/she commands; he/she learns to discipline and control himself/herself before he/she aspires to teach discipline to others.

6. A Fian is cheerful

He/she never sulks. He/she always has a cheery word and does his/her duty with a smile. His/her ever bright and smiling countenance radiates the sunshine of life wherever he/she goes.

7. A Fian is thrifty

He/she does not unnecessarily destroy what may be useful to others. He/she is as careful of other people’s property as he/she is of his/her own. When training or camping he/she is careful of the farmer’s crops and fences, and replaces the falling stone and repairs any other damage he/she may have caused. He/she does not gamble or spend his money foolishly.

8. A Fian is brave

He/she faces danger, knows no fear, and stands right on all occasions

9. A Fian is clean

He/she keeps his body and mind clean and pure. Every Fian learns to swim. He/she always turns up on parade with clean face and hands, clothes brushed and boots polished. A Fian does not associate with anti-social elements.

10. A Fian is humble

His/her aim is not to gain promotion so as to have authority over other Fianna, but to work to make himself/herself a better Fian and a better citizen of Ireland. Fine epaulettes and uniforms are not everything. In the Fianna there is no room for vainglory or self-importance. In the Fianna all Fian are equal; there is neither distinction of class or creed. Na Fianna seeks equality.

11. A Fian is temperate

He/she eats drinks and behaves in moderation at all times. Moderation is his/her motto.

12. A Fian is punctual

He/she is always on time. He/she makes it a point, whether on parade or at work, on business or pleasure, to be a couple of minutes before the appointed time. It is by strict observance of punctuality that it soon becomes a life long habit.

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