Weekend Events

Sat 28 Feb: University of Limerick Sprint-O  and Relay
Sun 1 Mar: Kilcornan Wood, Galway ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event
Sun 1 Mar: St Catherine’s Park, Lucan, Co. Dublin ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event
Sun 1 Mar: Fota House; Gardens & Arboretum, Cork  Family Day


Kilconan, Galway

Where? Kilcornan WOODS, Clarenbridge
When?  SUN 1st March
TIME? 11 am to 12.30pm
How? Come and Try It
How Much?  €5 per person €10 for family
Further information: Frank Ryan Tel. 087 6745595 or wego@orienteering.ie


National Grid Reference W 791 708

Eur 3 coins per vehicle to exit car park

Cork Spring League (Round 1) & Family Day
Start Times from 10.30 am to 1 pm for the Winter months
Courses Close at 2 pm

BROWN COURSE                         9.6 km        125 m         26 c

BLUE COURSE                              7.0              110             31
GREEN COURSE                           5.9              100             25
RED COURSE                               4.8              080             26
ORANGE COURSE                        3.6              050             21
YELLOW COURSE (easiest)          2.7              030             15

St Catherine’s Park

3ROC are pleased to bring orienteering to a new area in west Dublin. The park is between Lucan and Leixlip, on the Dublin/Kildare border, with the entrance for cars on the L3005 road, about 1 km north west of Lucan Village..

Pedestrians can also enter the park on the south side of the River Liffey near Lucan Village and walk through the competition area to assembly.

Buses: Several buses from Dublin serve Lucan. Bus Stop No. 3887 – Leixlip Rd, Ardeevin Avenue. Routes serving this stop are 25 Towards Lucan (Dodsboro), 66 Towards Maynooth, 66a Towards Leixlip (Captain’s Hill), 66b Towards Leixlip (Castletown), 67 Towards Maynooth.

Trains: The Dublin Connolly to Maynooth service stops at Leixlip Confey which is about 1 km from the start area.

By car: From Lucan Village, cross the bridge and continue straight on up the hill, following signs for the M3, Airport and Clonee. About 400 metres past the second roundabout, turn left onto a narrow road leading to the park. The junction with this road is at:

Normal Grid Ref = O 027 361
10 digit Grid Ref = O 02771 36139
Latitude = 53.36546 (north)
Longitude = -6.45597 (west)
Latitude = 53°21’56” (north)
Longitude = 6°27’22” (west)
Tetrad = O03I

Map: The map is 1:7500 scale, newly surveyed by Pat Flanagan. It’s the first time it has been used for orienteering. Most of the park is open ground on the north side of the river; there is one bridge leading to a narrow section of the map south of the river, with forest and rough open.

Courses: There will be four courses: two for scouts, cubs and beavers of about 2.5 km and 5 km and two courses for everyone else, also of about 2.5 km and 5 km. The courses will be pre-printed on the maps.

Starts: Two starts will be in operation, one for scouts, cubs and beavers, and one for everyone else. There will be a single finish for everyone. SportIdent chip timing will be used.

Start times: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.

Entry fees: Adult €8; Child/student €5. Scouts/Cubs/Beavers €5 for 2 or 3 going together.

SI card hire: no charge but a replacement fee of €40 will be charged for any SI cards not returned. To borrow an SI card you must provide a mobile phone number.

All welcome – see you there! We expect to have lots of beavers, cubs and scouts coming: if you are bringing a group of any kind, please e-mail 3rockoc@gmail.com beforehand so we can be sure to print enough maps.

See http://www.3roc.net or the 3ROC Facebook and Twitter pages for last minute news.

University of Limerick

Two sprint races being organised on excellent new map of the UL campus by Pat Healy for 28 February 2014. For those of you who have not been there UL have a fine large campus (about the same size as Belfield) which is situated on both sides of the River Shannon. The map is drawn at international sprint standard at scale 1:5000 scale. The races will provide excellent practice to those who intend to compete in sprint events later in the summer. All funds raised will go the Irish Junior Squad. Details are as follows:

 Course Lengths: Short = 2 km, Long = 3 km

Start times 11am – 12pm

Planner: Sharon Lucey,  Controller: Danny O’ Hare, Organiser: Mike Long


UL Sprint relay

Relay is 4 person teams format is based on the mixed sprint relay at the world orienteering championships. There will also be a short individual course available in the afternoon for those who don’t want to partake in the relay.

Course lengths: 2-3km  Mass start 2pm

Planner: Danny O’Hare, Controller: Sharon Lucey, Organiser: Mike Long


Directions to the UL Sprint morning event:- take exit 28 from the M7 motorway. Take the limerick/annacotty exit from the roundabout as you leave the motorway. Continue to the next roadabout and take the third exit into the National technology park. continue through another roundabout until you see signs on right for orienteering.


IOA Controllers Course, 12th March 2016 in Portlaoise

A one-day Controller’s course is being held on Saturday 12th March 2016 at the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise and will run from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

The course is primarily designed for those new to controlling and for those wishing to brush up on their controlling skills. It will include a practical exercise in a nearby forest and attendees should bring suitable clothing. The course will include a discussion on the proposed new Guideline for Colour Coded events.

The course is being led by Richard Williamson of LVO who is a BOF Grade B Controller and has extensive controlling experience having controlled the Lisburn City Race at IOC 2015, The NI Championships in 2013, and the JK Long Distance event in 2011.

The course will be limited to 15 participants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The subsidised cost of the course that will include the cost of lunch will be E25.
Book and pay online using the link below, if you have queries email info@orienteering.ie


Weekend Orienteering Events

There are four events this weekend. Click on the venue names below for more details.

Sat 21 Feb: Deer Park Estate, Mount Merrion, Dublin Night Orienteering, experienced orienteers only
Sun 22 Feb: Kilronan CastleBallyfarnon, Co. Roscommon ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event
Sun 22 Feb: Cahore Sand DunesBallygarrett, Co. Wexford Beginners Welcome
Sun 22 Feb: Shippool WoodsInnishannon, Co. Cork Family Day – Beginners Welcome


 Cahore, Co. Wexford

Fingal Orienteers\Waterford Orienteers host the next event of the Leinster League\Southeast League No.8\No.9 on Cahore Sand Dunes, Ballygarrett, Co. Wexford on Sunday, Feb 22nd

Full details on Fingal Orienteers club website @ http://fingal.orienteering.ie/

Pre-entry form @ http://goo.gl/forms/yY70NJmIPo


Shipool, Co. Cork

SHIPPOOL WOOD, on Innishannon / Kinsale road (entrance is 3.0 km on the Kinsale side of Innishannon House Hotel, just after the bad bends; then drive into the wood along a 400 m stretch of dirt road)

National Grid Reference W 568 542

Cork Brass Monkey Winter League (Round 8) & Family Day
Start Times from 10.30 am to 1 pm for the Winter months
Courses Close at 2 pm

BROWN COURSE                           6.0 km          300 m          30 c

BLUE COURSE                               5.0                260              28
GREEN COURSE                             4.0                205              25
RED COURSE                                 3.0                150              23
ORANGE COURSE                          3.0                085              22
YELLOW COURSE (easiest)             2.5                065             16


Kilronan, Co. Roscommon

There is orienteering in the grounds around Kilronan Castle, the costs are as follows;

€15 family

Courses for beginner and advanced are available
No compass necessary
Free tuition if needed : )



IOA Register of Completed Maps now online

The ‘IOA Register Of Completed Maps’ is now online. It is available in List and Map format at;

Map Making for Irish Orienteers

This is the culmination of much work by IOA Mapping Registrars, Brian Power and Chris Slattery.

There had been no IOA Map Register for at least 10 years for a variety of reasons.

Each club who registered maps has been sent information in the past 6 months, if you have any questions please email mapping  at orienteering  ie. Although the position of Mapping Officer is currently vacant, Harold White – Controller of Technical Standards is acting Mapping Officer.



Orienteering Events for the 14/15th February



(use link below for more details)
Organising Club 
Saturday, 14th February Donadea, Clane, Co. Kildare Night Orienteering – experienced orienteers only Curragh-Naas OC
Saturday, 14th February Knockreer Estate, Killarney, Co. Kerry Night Orienteering – experienced orienteers only Kerry OC
Sunday, 15th February Merlin Park Woods, Galway ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event Western Eagles OC
Sunday, 15th February Glen of the Downs, Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event Setanta OC
Sunday, 15th February Upper Torc – Muckross, Killarney, Co. Kerry Munster League  – Beginners Welcome Kerry OC
Sunday, 15th February Curragh Wood, Midleton, Co. Cork Family Day Bishopstown OC

Glen of the Downs

Setanta will be running a “Come and try it” event in Glen of the Downs this Sunday February 15h.

Start times are from 11am to 1pm.

3 courses will be on offer:

Long 5.5km
Medium 2.9km
Short 2.0km
Car parking and registration will be in the Glen of the Downs Nature Reserve car park – sign posted off the N11 southbound (there is a height barrier on entrance to car park – not sure if we will have key to open it so anyone with high vehicle would need to ring through first to check).

Donadea Night Orienteering

The venue for the CNOC Night Event on Sat 14th Feb will be DONADEA.
Start times will be 18:30 to 19:30 – a little later than the usual Dublin by Night start times, there is a race on in Donadea during the day and we have to wait for them to leave


..on Midleton / Lisgoold roadNational Grid Reference W 859 765
Cork Brass Monkey Winter 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                          8.0 km          525 m          20 c

BLUE COURSE                              6.0                300              18
GREEN COURSE                           5.5                315               17
RED COURSE                              4.7                210               12
ORANGE COURSE                        3.8                180               11
YELLOW COURSE (easiest)          2.9                150               10

Merlin Park, Galway


Galway GPs NS3.2849o woo8.98448
START TIMES: 1100 – 1230hrs
Directions:From the Dublin Road, take the Doughiska Road.
Pass Lidl on your right. Start is on the Fearann Ri Road on
your left near the school.
Directions from Dunnes Briarhill, take the Monivea road, turn
left on to Doughiska Road. The start is on the Fearann Ri Road
on your right after road for NCTC
Further information: Frank Ryan Tel. 087 6745595 or wego@orienteering.ie



World Ski Orienteering Championships 2015


The World Ski Orienteering Championships are taking place in Norway from February 9th to 15th.

Ireland will be represented in these Championships by Rory Morrish. He will be taking part in the Middle Distance race which is being held next Saturday (February 14th). This is a Mass Start event.

Start Lists, Results & GPS Tracking of the races, when available, can be found here.

The website of WSOC 2014 can be found here.


Darren Burke

Director of High Performance Orienteering

Irish Orienteering Association

Orienteering this weekend 7/8 Feb 2015

This weekend will be particularly busy for DUO. They are organising a Relay on Saturday and a League event on Sunday. There are also events in Wicklow, Roscommon and Cork. For more details follows the links below and check out the websites of the organising clubs.


Location of Event (click on links below for more details) Organising Club
Saturday, 7th Feb Curragh, Kildare DUO 40th Anniversary Relay Dublin University OC
Saturday, 7th Feb Glendoo Ridge West, Co. Wicklow Night Orienteering, experienced Orienteers only Ajax OC
Sunday, 8th Feb Djouce Woods, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow Leinster League, Beginners Welcome Dublin University OC
Sunday, 8th Feb Watergrasshill, Co. Cork Cork League, Beginners Welcome Cork OC
Sunday, 8th Feb Doneraile Forest Park, Co. Cork Family Day, Beginners Welcome Bishopstown OC
Sunday, 8th Feb Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon Beginners Welcome Sligo OC

Orienteering in Ireland
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