Mick Kellett RIP 26th December 2014

Mick Kellett passed away earlier today at his home in Raheny, Dublin. He will be missed by all in the Orienteering Community. He was a long serving member of Great Eastern Navigators. Mick always gave generously of his time to Orienteering, particularly Schools Orienteering, in the last few years. He was one of the founding members of An Oige Mountain Rescue Team (which later became the Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team). Mick was part of the outdoors community in Ireland for many, many years. He was a great character who always enjoyed the social aspect of Orienteering. At this year’s Irish Orienteering Championship in Lough Firrib Mick won the M75 class.  His wife Brenda, his children and grandchildren are in our prayers. May he rest in peace. Funeral arrangements are here.




Orienteering Events until end of December 2014


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(click on the club name to get last minute details)
Sunday, 21st December 2014 Mount Desert Wood, Cork Family Day Bishopstown OC
Friday, 26th December 2014 Three Rock Wood, Dublin

Start times 10.30 to 12.00

St. Stephen’s Day Fun Score Event Three Rock OC
Saturday, 27th December 2014 Fota House & Gardens, Cork Christmas Fun Event Cork OC
Sunday, 28th December 2014 Glanageenty, Ballymacelligott, Kerry Christmas Family Fun Event Kerry OC
Sunday, 28th December 2014 Hoddersfield Wood & Estate, Crosshaven, Cork Family Day Bishopstown OC



Update your SI card details here

Please take the opportunity to update your SI card details at the link below, this really helps the Organisers on the day




Remember to change your class (if necessary) before your first 2015 event .



Irish Championships 2015

We have been advised by the International Orienteering Federation that the application to stage an IOF World Ranking Sprint as part of the Irish Sprint Championships on 1 May 2015 has been accepted.

This element of the Sprint will be organised by Great Eastern Navigators of Dublin in partnership with Lagan Valley Orienteers, and will be one of the several events making up the Lisburn City Festival of O on the weekend of 1 – 4 May.

Initial information on the Festival is available at the website www.ioc2015.org, and entries can now be made online with SI Entries.

Harold White on behalf of Lagan Valley Orienteers

Events this Sunday, 14th December


Sunday, 14th Dec Newpark House, Co. Sligo Sligo
Sunday, 14th Dec Corkagh Demesne, Clondalkin, Dublin Great Eastern Navigators
Sunday, 14th Dec Kilworth Camp, Co. Cork Defence Forces / Cork
Sunday, 14th Dec Ballyannon Wood, Co. Cork Bishopstown


Corkagh Demesne:

Join Great Eastern Navigators in Corkagh Demesne for some Christmas cheer on Sunday 14th December:
Start times: 11:00 to 13:00
Parking is in the car park at the North end of the Park, (St. John’s).  This will be sign posted from N7 Junction 2.  
Course lengths: 
Bauble (short) 1.5 km
Star (medium) 3.1 km
Christmas tree (long) 4.2 km
You can enter on-line here and pay on the day (This makes it easier for us), or just turn up on the day. Beginners and families welcome.
Entry fees:
Adult €6
Concession €4
Reduced rates for families and groups (€15 for 3 to 4 maps)
SI Card Hire €2  

 Newpark House, Sligo

***Brand New Location***
Newpark House,
Co. SligoAs usual a course to suit everyone.
€5 entry : )

Ballyannon Wood

BALLYANNON WOOD, Dwyer Road, Midleton (down the side of Midleton Park Hotel) National Grid Reference W 875 728
Cork County league (Round 7) & Family Day
Start Times from 10.30 am to 1 pm for the Winter months
Courses Close at 2 pm

BROWN COURSE                         10.1 km         280 m         32 c
BLUE COURSE                               7.8                250              31
GREEN COURSE                           6.7                220              22
RED COURSE                                 6.0                190              25
ORANGE COURSE                        4.8                085              14
YELLOW COURSE (easiest)         4.0                075              12

Kilworth Camp

The final Munster League event for 2014 will take place this Sunday December 14th Kilworth Ranges.

Registration will be as previous years – in the building at the rear of No5 range.

If approaching via the  M8 – Exit at Mitchelstown or Fermoy and follow the signs for Lynch camp on the R639.

The event will be signposted from the entrance to the ranges – follow the Orienteering signs/kites.

Car parking will be available.

Sportident will be used.


Start anytime between 11:00am and 1:00pm.

Courses close at 2:00pm.


Brown – 10.9km – 180m – 23 controls
Blue – 8.4km – 135m – 18 controls
Green – 6.2km – 115m – 12 controls
Light Green – 4.2km – 65m – 12 controls
Orange – 3.3km – 35m – 14 controls (control descriptions in IOF Symbols & text)
Yellow – 2.8km – 30m – 10 controls (control descriptions in text)
All  maps will be bagged and the control descriptions will be on the maps. Loose descriptions will be available at the start if requested.
If bringing a group please let me know in order to ensure sufficient maps. paulosh64@hotmail.com


Prices: Senior €7; Student, over-65 €5; Junior €4; Family €16; Groups by request.
This event takes place on a military training facility. Along with all the normal safety precautions extra care is necessary in this area. If during the course of your run you encounter any suspicious item – please do not pick up. Report the details back to the registration and it will be dealt with accordingly.
Irish Junior Squad (IJS)
This year there will also be the annual fundraiser for the Irish Junior Squad. “ROSIES KITCHEN” will be open and hot beverages and baked goods will be available – (ideally after your run).
The funds raised at this event are used throughout the year to support the IJS and their activities.
Your support is much appreciated.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Kilworth on Sunday.
It is a well-known fact that you can offset this run against the likely overindulgence of the next few weeks!!!!
Paul O’S-Hourihan
(The Grinch)

SportIdent Cards available from IOA

I have received orders for SI cards but in two cases the Name and Address are insufficient. One is in Durrow and one in Thurles. Can you email me your full Name and Address. info@orienteering.ie




The IOA has a limited number of SI cards (20) available for €30 each. These are Series 8 cards.

Have a look at this link to get more information on Series 8 Cards

This cost includes post and packaging to any address in Ireland.

Place your order  here



Orienteering this Sunday, 7th Dec 2014

There are two events this weekend, one in Curragh, Co. Kildare and the other in Muckross Abbey, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Both have courses suitable for Beginners.

The Junior Squad are organising an unwanted O gear sale for fund raising purposes at the Curragh Event Sunday. Any unwanted kit, shoes that do not fit etc. that you can donate would be welcome.

(click venue below for directions)
Organising Club
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Sunday, 7th December 2014 Curragh East, Kildare. Curragh-Naas OC
Sunday, 7th December 2014 Muckross Abbey, Killarney, Co. Kerry Kerry Orienteers


Curragh East

Start times: 11:00 – 13:00
Entry fees: Adult €8, Student/Junior/over-65 €4, Family €16.
Pre-Entry: http://tinyurl.com/naxe7tj

SportIdent electronic timing will be used. SI cards will be available to hire @ €2 each if you don’t have one.

There will be 7 courses:

Brown 10.0 km (25 Controls)
Blue 8.3 km (19 Controls)
Green 5.9 km (11 Controls)
Red 4.3 km (17 Controls)
Light Green 4.1 km (15 Controls)
Orange 3.5 km (12 Controls)
Yellow 2.3 km (7 Controls)
The Brown, Blue and Green courses are technically challenging. Light Green is moderately challenging. Red, Orange and Yellow courses are easy and suitable for beginners.

Registration: Start and Finish are outside the NCO’s Mess in the Curragh Camp. Courses close at 15:00. Pre-entry available at the link above.
Directions: Take exit 12 off the M7 (The Curragh) and follow signposts for the Curragh Camp. Drive into the Camp, past the church and take the next left turn at the Post Office. You will be faced with a barrier but it will open automatically when you drive up to it. The start is approx. 400ms further on and there will be orienteering directional signs from here.



Orienteering in Ireland
  • Orienteering Ireland
    Irish Sport HQ
    D15 DY62
  • fixtures@orienteering.ie
  • info@orienteering.ie