This webpage contains sources of information for Irish Orienteers involved in mapping projects. It is maintained by the IOA mapping officer,  mapping at


The IOA will be adopting the new standards for IOF mapping and control descriptions from the 1st of January 2018. Use the links below for further details.

IOF control descriptions 2017

Summary of Changes

ISOM 2017

An explanation of ISOM 2017

A sample fictional map is also available


IOA Map Registration

Please complete this Mapping registration form in MS Word and email it to mapping at Clubs must also pay a nominal map registration fee of €10 to the IOA. The rules covering map registration are detailed in Rule 7 and Appendix E of the IOA rulebook.


IOA Map Register of Completed Maps

This is the register of maps recorded as complete. There are some maps not currently included on the register, these are maps which are not yet complete or areas where more than one club wishes to register. Where the grid references for a map are incorrect please ask the club Mapping Officer or Secretary to submit the correct grid references. The brilliant website is ideal for getting accurate grid references.



Map Name Nearest Town Grid Ref NE Corner Grid Ref SW Corner Registration Valid Until
Ballydrehid and BallyDavid Cahir, Co. Tipperary R975285 S045295 Dec 2019
Clonmore North Cahir, Co. Tipperary S030264 S000233 Dec 2019
Crohane incl Carrigawaddra Kenmare, Co. Kerry W079833 W047797 Dec 2019
Crohane Lake Kenmare, Co. Kerry W048809 W028705 Dec 2019
Gaill beag / Coolieragh Glengarriff, Co. Cork  V902540 V 885512 Dec 2019
Glengarra Mitchelstown, Co. Tipperary R932227 R913181 Dec 2019
James Fort Kinsale, Co. Cork W648499 W643494 Dec 2019
Knockaculleta Glenville, Co. Cork W660942 W633915 Dec 2019
Moanbaun (Watergrasshill) Watergrasshill, Co. Cork W802846 W783814 Dec 2019
Seefin (Nagles) Killavullen, Co. Cork W688977 W663948 Dec 2019
Shrone Glengarriff, Co. Cork V928566 V900535 Dec 2019
Tir na Spidoige Inchigeelagh, Co. Cork W222701 W179676 Dec 2019
Toureen Cahir, Co. Cork S021287 R967259 Dec 2019
Tracton Wood Carrigaline, Co. Cork W731582 W726565 Dec 2019
Walshtown Midleton, Co. Cork W911861 W883822 Dec 2019
Ardrum and Ballyanly Wood Blarney, Co. Cork W567754 W533730 Dec 2019
Ballinora Wood Bishopstown, Co. Cork W615689 W608670 Dec 2019
Ballyduff National School Ballyduff, Co. Waterford Dec 2019
Ballymaloe Cookery School Estate Shanagarry, Co. Cork W982678 W975670 Dec 2019
Ballymaloe Estate Cloyne, Co. Cork W955684 W942675 Dec 2019
Beaumont GNS/Beaumount Park Blackrock, Co. Cork W703696 Dec 2019
Bishopswood and Marlbro Wood dundrum, Co. Tipperary R981482 R952439 Dec 2019
Blarney Castle Blarney, Co. Cork W616760 W594742 Dec 2019
Bottlehill Wood Blarney, Co. Cork W655912 W611875 Dec 2019
Breeda Wood  Mount Uniacke, Co. Cork X028858 X018838 Dec 2019
Broadford Forest and Mullareirk Mountain Rockchapel, Co. Cork R 310 217 R 263 159 Dec 2019
Cahir Park Wood Chair, Co. Tipperary S050246 S052242 Dec 2019
Carrrigduff Forest and Tubery Nadd, Co. Cork W376885 W345860 Dec 2019
Castleblagh Wood Fermoy, Co. Cork W705977 W728986 Dec 2019
Castlelough Wood and Demesne portroe, Co. Tipperary R735825 R755845 Dec 2019
Castletownshend Wood Skibbereen, Co. Cork W190333 W177313 Dec 2019
Clashduv Park Cork, Co. Cork  W660701 W656698 Dec 2019
Clashnacrona Wood Dunmanway, Co. Cork W200494 W195475 Dec 2019
Coolbeggan Tallow, Co. Waterford X035865 X065895 Dec 2019
Coolfree Mitchelstown, Co. Limerick R690171 R663142 Dec 2019
Coolydoody Wood Tallow, Co. Waterford w984957 W970945 Dec 2019
Currabeg Wood Ovens and Ballincollig, Co. Cork w565728 W545707 Dec 2019
Curragh Chase Kilcornan, Co. Limerick R395485 R425525 Dec 2019
Deerpark Wood Midleton, Co. Cork W974777 W968762 Dec 2019
Doon Wood Kinsale, Co. Cork W587522 W578518 Dec 2019
Dromana/Dromina Lismore, Co. Waterford X 119 957 X077929 Dec 2019
Dromillihy Wood Roscarbury, Co. Cork W244387 W230368 Dec 2019
Dromkeen Wood Innishannon, Co. Cork W553568 W548564 Dec 2019
Duntryleague Galbally, Co. Limerick R795287 R772278 Dec 2019
Garravagh Wood Blarney, Co. Cork W573728 W561713 Dec 2019
Garryarthur Kilfinne, Co. Limerick R735169 R694155 Dec 2019
Glenabo Wood Fermoy, Co. Cork W796976 W775960 Dec 2019
Glensheelane Wood Cappoquin, Co. Waterford S120025 S100020 Dec 2019
Green Wood Kilfinne, Co. Limerick R650200 R630180 Dec 2019
Gurteen Wood Ballyhooly, Co. Cork W743985 W732975 Dec 2019
Haulbowline Island and Ringaskiddy Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork W798657 W777639 Dec 2019
Hayarees and Castlegregory Sand Hills Tralee, Co. Kerry Q625175 Q605140 Dec 2019
Kilbarry Wood Fermoy, Co. Cork W884978 W876975 Dec 2019
Kilbrittain Wood Bandon, Co. Cork W533469 W516466 Dec 2019
Kilworth Forest Kilworth, Co. Cork R835040 R870100 Dec 2019
Knockaroura Wood Mallow, Co. Cork W580968 W563949 Dec 2019
Knockaun Wood Tallow, Co. Cork X032900 X014877 Dec 2019
Knockawaddra Wood Dunmanway, Co. Cork W278468 W260459 Dec 2019
Labbadermoda Macroom, Co. Cork W250816 W225795 Dec 2019
Laharn Woods Lombardstown, Mallow, Co. Cork W495928 W450888 Dec 2019
Leamlara Castle Wood Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork W824799 W809786 Dec 2019
Lisnabrin Wood Tallow, Co. Cork W977926 W963910 Dec 2019
Liss Ard Skibbereen, Co. Cork W135323 W130308 Dec 2019
Lough Hyne Wood Skibbereen, Co. Cork W093297 W075284 Dec 2019
Lyradane Wood Grenagy, Co. Cork W571885 W552852 Dec 2019
Marlogue Wood Cobh, Co. Cork W854684 W843671 Dec 2019
Millstreet Country Park Millstreet, Co. Cork W320855 W300846 Dec 2019
Mitchel's Wood Castlemartyr, Co. Cork W970730 W950718 Dec 2019
Mondeligo Wood fermoy, Co. Cork W926969 W916962 Dec 2019
Moorestown and Ruppulagh Mitchelstown, Co. Limerick R718222 R702190 Dec 2019
Mount Hillary Wood Banteer, Co. Cork W442973 W395943 Dec 2019
Mount Leader Wood and Claragh Mountain Millstreet, Co. Cork W274901 W235880 Dec 2019
Moynass Mountain Wood (Rahan) Mallow, Co. Cork W634988 W613970 Dec 2019
Murphys Farm Park Bishopstown, Co. Cork W632701 W627696 Dec 2019
Myross Wood Leap, Co. Cork W205367 W195358 Dec 2019
Park Mountain and Monaloo Woods Tallow, Co. Waterford X010858 W987831 Dec 2019
Rathcormac Mountain Wood Fermoy, Co. Cork W775955 W745922 Dec 2019
Rochestown Woods Rochestown, Co. Cork W735687 W725673 Dec 2019
Rostellen Wood Midleton, Co. Cork W880673 W866658 Dec 2019
Ryecourt Macroom, Co. Cork W486680 W453670 Dec 2019
Slieveowen Coppeen, Co. Cork W325633 W291606 Dec 2019
SlieveReagh Wood Kilfinnane, Co. Limerick R740264 R700231 Dec 2019
Spike Island Cobh, Co. Cork W808649 W798642 Dec 2019
Streamhill Doneraile, Co. Cork R610160 R580125 Dec 2019
Sundays Well National School Cork, Co. Cork W656 722 W655 721 Dec 2019
Tallow Hill Wood Tallow, Co. Waterford X012957 X000944 Dec 2019
The Long Strand and Rathbarry Wood Clonakilty, Co. Cork W338368 W316335 Dec 2019
Thomastown Wood Kilfinnane, Co. Limerick R703223 R675194 Dec 2019
Trabolgan Whitegate, Midleton, Co. Cork W841619 W833599 Dec 2019
UCC Campus Cork, Co. Cork W660710 W667715 Dec 2019
Waterloo Wood Blarney, Co. Cork W615782 W605758 Dec 2019
Ballinastoe Roundwood, Co. Wicklow O165093 O200059 Dec 2019
Brockagh Laragh, Co. Wicklow O089013 T136970 Dec 2019
Carrickgollgen/Barnaslingen Kilternan, Co. Dublin O213215 O237197 Dec 2019
Corkagh Demense Clondalkin, Co. Dublin O049308 O061293 Dec 2019
Glencree Enniskerry, Co. Dublin O156155 O196122 Dec 2019
Maynooth University Maynooth, Co. Kildare N936384 N924371 Dec 2019
Ringsend/Irishtown Ringsend, Co. Dublin O210340 O180330 Dec 2019
Trooperstown Laragh, Co. Wicklow T146964 T172944 Dec 2019
Ballinahinch Kilmurray Newtonmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow O249064 O241029 Dec 2019
Carlingford Mountain Carlingford, Co. Louth J176143 J153103 Dec 2019
Carrick Mountain Ashford, Co. Wicklow T 245 960 T 222 918 Dec 2019
Clarabeg/Clara Laragh, Co. Wicklow T 174 963 T 160 926 Dec 2019
Farmleigh Phoenix Park Dublin, Co. Dublin O098365 O089359 Dec 2019
Glendalough Laragh, Co. Wicklow T 138 968 T084932 Dec 2019
Griffeen Park Lucan, Co. Dublin O 041 342 O033328 Dec 2019
Phoenix Park Dublin, Co. Dublin O 129 366 O096346 Dec 2019
Pine Forest/Tibradden Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin O 144 233 O 124 211 Dec 2019
Ticknock/Three Rock Wood Dundrum, Co. Dublin O 173 245 O 162 222 Dec 2019
Tiglin Ashford, Co. Wicklow T 247 986 T 222 969 Dec 2019
Brandon Hill Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny S 711 393 S 690 374 Dec 2019
Carricknore/WIT west campus Waterford, Co. Waterford S558122 S556112 Dec 2019
Castlecomer Discovery Park Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny S543735 S536730 Dec 2019
Clonmel Town Park Clonmel, Co. Tipperary S220229 S218227 Dec 2019
Colligan/Greenane/Ballyconnery Dungarvan, Co. Waterford X220980 X213964 Dec 2019
Coumshingaun Carrick On Suir, Co. Waterford S 342 115 S323083 Dec 2019
Davmore/Scurraghs/Mahon Falls Lemybrien, Co. Waterford S 321 094 S302 066 Dec 2019
Kennedy Park New Ross, Co. Wexford S 734201 S 715 180 Dec 2019
Kilbarry Amenity Park / Regional Sports Ctr Waterford, Co. Waterford S 600108 S 586098 Dec 2019
Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny S 516 558 S 507 554 Dec 2019
Kilsheelan/Goirtin Clonmel, Co. Waterford S 287 228 S282222 Dec 2019
Knockannaffrin Rathcormack, Co. Waterford S 285 180 S280174 Dec 2019
Minaun/Faithlegg Waterford, Co. Waterford S 680131 S 669128 Dec 2019
Portlaw/Kilbunny Portlaw, Co. Waterford S 466146 S 443 136 Dec 2019
Slievecoilltia New Ross, Co. Wexford S 731 216 S 721 206 Dec 2019
Tickancor Clonmel, Co. Waterford S 245 220 S239213 Dec 2019
Tower Hill Portlaw, Co. Waterford S 450187 S 442 163 Dec 2019
Towers Ballysaggartmore, Co. Waterford X011 993 S026004 Dec 2019
Tramore Sandhills/Old Racecourse Tramore, Co. Waterford S 623004 S589011 Dec 2019
Waterford City/Viking Triangle/Peoples Pk Waterford, Co. Waterford S613125 S602111 Dec 2019
Woodstock Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny S 647 366 S 639 351 Dec 2019
Croagaheadew/Croaghnameal/Meenablagh Donegal, Co. Donegal H060840 H010780 Dec 2019
Knockbarron Kinnitty, Co. Offaly N181082 N169068 Dec 2019
Lough an Cogair and environs Ougherard, Co. Galway M086417 M030360 Dec 2019
Lough Key Forest Park Boyle, Co. Roscommon G850047 G825023 Dec 2019
Merlin Park Galway, Co. Galway M332235 M341264 Dec 2019
Moneystown Hill Laragh, Co. Wicklow T188952 T202972 Dec 2019
Oranmore Military Ranges Oranmore, Co. Galway M383252 M420280 Dec 2019
Portumna Forest Park Portumna, Co. Galway M852045 M822020 Dec 2019
Renmore Barracks Galway, Co. Galway M315245 M320260 Dec 2019
Sruth an Tolra and environs Ougherard, Co. Galway M130415 M082360 Dec 2019
Tawnawully Lough Eske, Co. Donegal G980815 H040920 Dec 2019
Ballyseedy Wood Tralee, Co. Kerry Q870130 Q860120 Dec 2019
Banna Sand Dunes Ardfert, Co. Kerry Q750240 Q730190 Dec 2019
Glenageenty Wood Tralee, Co. Kerry Q960150 Q940140 Dec 2019
Kilderry Wood Miltown, Co. Kerry Q820010 V805990 Dec 2019
Killaclohane Wood Milltown, Co. Kerry Q850020 Q840010 Dec 2019
Knockreer Killarney, Co. Kerry V955917 V938880 Dec 2019
Muckross Forest Killarney, Co. Kerry V990870 V930840 Dec 2019
Rinn na gCros Kenmare, Co. Kerry V920710 V910700 Dec 2019
Ross Island Killarney, Co. Kerry V950890 V937880 Dec 2019
Rossbeigh Sand Dunes Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry V660950 V640910 Dec 2019
Bull Island Clontarf, Co. Dublin O 254 384 O 216 350 Dec 2019
Bushy Park Terenure, Co. Dublin O 144 300 O 133 289 Dec 2019
Camolin Camolin, Co. Wexford T 064 563 T 038 537 Dec 2019
Carraig Na Seabhac Laragh, Co. Wicklow O 109 050 O 088 033 Dec 2019
Cloghleagh Manor Kilbride, Co. Dublin O 063 178 O 043 159 Dec 2019
Coronation Plantation Manor Kilbride, Co. Dublin O 106 164 O 062 126 Dec 2019
Cronybyrne, Ballinastraw, Vale of Clara Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow T 211 924 T 169 889 Dec 2019
Curracloe (The Raven) Wexford, Co. Wexford T 114 272 T 107 228 Dec 2019
DCU and Albert College Park Ballymun, Co. Dublin O 162 387 O 153 381 Dec 2019
Deerpark Mt Merrion, Co. Dublin O 193 288 O 186 284 Dec 2019
Featherbeds Dublin, Co. Dublin, Wicklow O 138 208 O 123 181 Dec 2019
Glendoo, Ravens Rock, Featherbeds, Oldboleys Dublin, Co. Dublin, Wicklow O 203 226 O 114 171 Dec 2019
Killiney Hill Killiney, Dublin, Co. Dublin O 264 263 O 257 252 Dec 2019
Marlay Park Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin O 159 270 O 144 254 Dec 2019
Ravensdale Ravensdale, Co. Louth J 103 180 J 076 139 Dec 2019
Saggart, Slade Valley Saggart, Co. Dublin O 035 247 O 012 224 Dec 2019
St Enda's park Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin O 148 276 O 143 270 Dec 2019
Tymon Park Tallaght, Co. Dublin O 117 299 O 100 279 Dec 2019
ALSSA Swords, Co. Dublin O 179 428 O 174 424 Dec 2019
Applewood Swords, Co. Dublin O 179 486  O 166 476 Dec 2019
Ardgillan Demesne Skerries, Co. Dublin  O 220 616 O 214 603 Dec 2019
Cahore Beach Wexford, Co. Wexford T222469 T204429 Dec 2019
Carnawaddy Carlingford, Co. Louth J120150 J105115 Dec 2019
Castlemorris Knocktopher, Co. Kilkenny S 497 357 S 481 322 Dec 2019
Castletown House Demesne Celbridge, Co. Kildare N 984 348 N 974 333 Dec 2019
Dalgan Park Navan, Co. Meath N909630 N907628 Dec 2019
Deerpark Virginia, Co. Cavan N 601 877 N 580 871 Dec 2019
Derrycassin Granard, Co. Longford N312870 N289858 Dec 2019
Dun a Ri Kingscourt, Co. Cavan N800985 N780955 Dec 2019
Fr Collins Park Grangecastle, Co. Dublin O 230 412 O 222 403 Dec 2019
Howth Howth, Co. Dublin O288383 O274369 Dec 2019
Littlewood Slane, Co. Meath N974761 N967751 Dec 2019
Newbridge House Donabate, Co. Dublin O 223 500 O 206 496 Dec 2019
Rockmarshal Dundalk, Co. Louth J143096 J127080 Dec 2019
Rossmore Monaghan, Co. Monaghan H 663 328 H 649 304 Dec 2019
Santry Demesne Santry, Co. Dublin O 170 408 O 159 401 Dec 2019
Tara Tara, Co. Meath N921601 N921600 Dec 2019
Ward River Valley Swords, Co. Dublin O 179 466 O 161 464 Dec 2019
Ballinagoppoque Aughavannagh, Co. Wicklow T089857 T087833 Dec 2019
Ballinsacorney Tallaght, Co. Dublin O081229 O067190 Dec 2019
Ballyward Blessington, Co. Wicklow O042170 O029148 Dec 2019
Camaderry-Glenealo Laragh/Hollywood, Co. Wicklow T088980 T062971 Dec 2019
Carrickashane Aughavannagh, Co. Wicklow T098865 T073847 Dec 2019
Castletimon Wicklow, Co. Wicklow T311877 T297861 Dec 2019
Croghan Kinsella Woodenbridge, Co. Wicklow T156737 T143711 Dec 2019
Cronykeery Farm Ashford, Co. Wicklow T293990 T285981 Dec 2019
Djouce Woods Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow O213132 O192116 Dec 2019
Dodder Valley Park Firhouse, Co. Dublin O125282 O102270 Dec 2019
Fair Mountain Laragh, Co. Wicklow O067015 T055989 Dec 2019
Glashaboy Brook Laragh, Co. Wicklow O067015 O061014 Dec 2019
Glen of the Downs Delgany, Co. Wicklow O261123 O267104 Dec 2019
Glen of the Downs-Kindlestown Delgany, Co. Wicklow O271130 O267104 Dec 2019
Glendasan Laragh, Co. Wicklow T105980 T076993 Dec 2019
Glenreemore Hollywood, Co. Wicklow O038014 T024993 Dec 2019
Hellfire Wood Kilakee, Co. Dublin O118240 O102235 Dec 2019
Killakee (Hellfire-Massys) Killakee, Co. Dublin O129242 O102235 Dec 2019
Kindlestown Delgany, Co. Wicklow O271130 O267122 Dec 2019
Knocksink Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow O206189 O222174 Dec 2019
Lough Firrib Laragh/Hollywood, Co. Wicklow T079987 T041972 Dec 2019
Massys Estate Kilakee, Co. Dublin O129242 O124223 Dec 2019
Mullaghmeen Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath N487796 N461779 Dec 2019
Newcastle Estate Ballymahon, Co. Longford N203563 N176576 Dec 2019
Oakwood Hollywood, Co. Wicklow O045016 O032013 Dec 2019
Shangannagh Park - Shankill Shankill, Co. Dublin O263216 O254206 Dec 2019
St. Killians School Bray, Co. Wicklow O253167 O250165 Dec 2019
Vartry Resevoir Roundwood, Co. Wicklow O205039 O195040 Dec 2019
Cabinteely Park Cabinteely, Co. Dublin O 233 253 O 227 246 Dec 2019
Trinity College, Dublin Dublin, Co. Dublin O166342 O159338 Dec 2019
Carysfort (UCD Campus) Blackrock, Co. Dublin O213289 O208284 Dec 2019
Sugarloaf Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow O244146 O230125 Dec 2019
University College Dublin Clonskeagh, Co. Dublin O 195307 O 174292 Dec 2019

Trinity College Map Archive

Orienteering maps record some unique information that nobody else collects in such a detailed manner. For example vegetation change over time, peat cutting, old stone walls, ruined settlements, drainage features and minor land boundaries.

The Trinity College Glucksman Map Library has over half a million maps making it the largest collection of printed maps in Ireland, however until recently they had only about 20 Orienteering maps. They are very aware of the cultural heritage aspects of Orienteering maps and had been to expand their collection to include them.

Brian Hollinshead of 3ROC took on the massive project of collecting, collating and scanning all known Irish Orienteering maps from the last 40 years, culminating in the donation of 1,060 to the library on March 25th, 2009.

Full details of the project are available on the The Irish Orienteer blogsite.

As a result of this project we now have a detailed IOA Map Survey


IOA Map Survey

This list is based on original work done by Gerry Brady in the 1990s. It was updated by Marcus Geoghegan between 2005 and 2008 and it then underwent a major revision by Brian Hollinshead during the Trinity College map Archive project.

IOA Map Survey


Keeping the Trinity College Map Archive up-to-date

Irish Orienteering is proud that 1,060 of its maps were donated to the Trinity College Map Library in March 2009. It is the responsibility and legal requirement of each club to keep this archive up-to-date using the following procedure that must be followed once per year:

  1. Ensure that the following information is clearly printed on the map: map name; scale; north arrow; contour distance; grid reference of at least one significant feature; date of this revision; club; surveyors/cartographers; OSI permit number (if applicable)
  2. Print one paper copy of all new and revised maps and post them to: The Map Librarian, Glucksman Map Library, Trinity College, College Street, Dublin 2
  3. If a version of the map was previously donated give the Map Archive ID Number from the IOA Map Survey - this will help the librarian to quickly and correctly index the new version of the map.
  4. If this is a donation of a new map, please ask the librarian for the new Map Archive ID Number and ask the IOA Mapping Officer to update the spreadsheet on Make sure to indicate if the new map is a subset or superset of another orienteering map and give the appropriate Map Archive ID Number(s).

Ireland's Earliest Orienteering Maps

Pat Farrelly of the Defence Forces Orienteering Club has found evidence of the earliest known Orienteering event in Ireland: Sunday April 13th 1969 in Harney's Cross, Clonmel. While we don't have any maps from the event Pat has managed to find a report on it from the Carlow Nationalist newspaper. Also Pat has found an article introducing the sport of Orienteering from the Defence Forces magazine, Cosantoir, dated March 1969.

Carlow Nationalist mapcosantoir_1cosantoir_2

Eoin Rothery of Ajax, now an active Orienteer in Australia, found this copy of the Glen of the Downs map in Wicklow that was used for the earliest known non-military Orienteering event in Ireland in October 1969. The event crosses the road twice, something that would not be contemplated nowadays - it has been upgraded to a motorway. Eoin also demonstrates a visionary RouteGadget prototype from the late ‘60s (a blue marker). The Glen of the Downs east was re-mapped by Setanta in 2006.



Eoin comments: “The event was in the Glen of the Downs in October 1969 and was followed in November by Niall Rice's event at the Blessington sand pits/woods, and then by Mike Lunt's event at Devil's Glen which was 26 December, 1969. Paddy O'Leary was the Glen of the Downs organiser and Nigel Bark had the fastest time. I don't have the results and don't know if there was more than 1 course - the course we did (Sean, Colm and I as a team, aka the Rothery family) is on the map, however faintly. I appear to have drawn in our route to no. 7 at some stage. The course had a number of innovative features - it was a real point to point, with Start and Finish in different locations. Paddy O'Leary did some map corrections, and used colour to highlight various things - blue stream, red road; green and orange both appear to indicate ways through the woods either forest roads or rides. Some of these were actually mapped by Paddy - so he was already updating the available Ordnance Survey map.”

Courtesy of Barry Dalby of EastWest Mapping we have a copy of the Devil's Glen map used for the 26th December 1969 event and also Ireland’s first colour map - a 1970 two-colour map also of the Devil’s Glen. Both are by Michael Lunt.



There were possibly earlier events than these organised by the Defence Forces, possibly as far back as the late '50s, but to date no documentary evidence has been found.



The definitive discussion group for Orienteering mapping is O-Map at Please make sure to search the previous messages before asking a question. To subscribe, send an email to O-Map-subscribe at

Nearly all maps are drawn with OCAD There are some utility programs that compliment OCAD available on the British Orienteering Map Groupwebsite. OCAD have recently produced a series of excellent video tutorials.

The international standard for Orienteering maps are available on the IOF Map Commission's website. There are four categories: foot, sprint/trail, MTBO and SkiO. Note that there is a new standard, ISSOM2007, for Sprint Orienteering maps.

There is an International Orienteering Federation Instructor's kit for giving an O-mapping course.

The definitive book on Orienteering mapmaking is called Map-making for Orienteers by Robin Harvey, Published by the British Orienteering Federation, Paperback 107 pages (first edition December 1975), ISBN: 0950228125 It seems to be out of print but may be available by searching the web.

Another map-making publication is available from the Canadian Orienteering Association, Map Making for Orienteering, Second Edition, March 2001, Original 1983 by the Canadian Orienteering Federation.

Tony Federer of Up North Orienteers has a written a good online guide called Making Maps for Orienteering (link seems to be (temporarily?) dead).

The Australian Orienteering Federation has a mapping resource section, as do the British . There is a beginner's guide to Orienteering map making available from theGeorgia (USA) Orienteering club.

The Australian Orienteering Federation has a guide to mapping parkland and schools.

East West MappingStirling Surveyswww.olles.czScott Fraser and provide professional Orienteering map-making services (if your company would like to be listed here please email mapping at

Compute the magnetic declination for a given lattitude/longitude.

Find an Irish Grid Reference.

LIDAR (Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging) is a new technology that could revolutionise Orienteering mapping; at the very least it will have a significant impact on how we draw contours. Unfortunately no LIDAR datasets are available to the public in Ireland yet, but it is worth keeping eye on the technology via Greg Lennon’s LIDAR Links for Orienteering Mapping webpage.


OSI Permits

According to OSI (Ordnance Survey of Ireland) leaflet CP1 which is available under the copyright section of“Anyone wishing to reproduce OSI material, or use it as a basis for their own publication, must obtain prior permission from the OSI”. If your project falls into this category then please obtain a permit from the OSI using the CP1 process.




Some GPS experiments


IOA Mapping Grant Scheme

2009 Mapping Grant Allocation: mapping_grants_allocation_2009




€10,500 2008 2008
€8,000 2007 2007
€8,000 2006 2006
€6,000 2005 2005
€4,000 2004 2004


Mapping Officer's reports to the IOA AGM

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009


IOA Mapping Courses

A 2-day mapping course was held in County Westmeath in November 2005. There were 26 students from 11 clubs, representing all three IOA regions and the NIOA.



Two OCAD courses were held in 2009, one in Munster and one in Leinster. A report from the Leinster course is on The Irish Orienteer blogsite. No report is available from the Munster course.

Another OCAD course is planned for Leinster in autumn 2009 - keep an eye on the Irish Orienteering eGroup for details.

Map Printing

print5's Leamington Spa branch in the UK have provided a good colour laser map printing service for various Irish Orienteering events, including the 2003, 2004 and 2006 (Bull Island) Leinster Championships and the 2006 Irish Championships (Carlingford). Most of Print5's Orienteering map printing is done on waterproof Pretex paper. Contact alan at (Alan Halliday) in Print5 for a quotation.

Which printer should you buy? I know that KerryO have an HP Deskjet 9300 and WEGO use an Epson Stylus 3000 Printer. Contact these clubs to get their opinion of them. Google searches indicate that the Epson 1290 is work a look. Some Epson printers use Epson's “DURABrite™ pigment inks” which, according to a thread on the O-Map YahooGroup, is waterproof (the ink, not the paper).

The IOF map commission's PrintTech Project has some detailed technical information about a variety of printers.

The Houston Orienteering Club has produced a good guide to OCAD Printer Colour Setting.

The Leinster Website has a guide to preparing maps for Leinster League events.