WOC 2015 – Middle Distance

Ref. WOC 2015. Middle Distance Selection

The selection policy as published indicated that the selection panel would identify another middle distance event for the selection process. The panel have decided in the absence of an appropriate event the following:

  1. The original selection race in Scotland June 2015. 1 automatic selection place for first Irish (male) competitor.
  2. The second Middle Distance team position (male) will be based on results at middle distance JK 2015 and Scotland selection race.


The panel apologises for the lateness of this decision but felt it was only fair to all the athletes concerned that this decision was taken in advance of JK 2015, before the selection process commenced.

Helen Baxter

Kyle Heron

Paul O’Sullivan-Hourihan

Irish Schools Secondary Schools Reminder

iosc 2015
Planning underway for the Irish Secondary schools championships but schools are on holiday. Please register interest using google docs NOW
http://goo.gl/forms/SabYlNl79mThe event is only 93 km from Red Cow junction in Dublin so no excuses for Leinster schools over distance to travel….mostly motorway. Can the Leinster schools mount a challenge this year? Munster schools have dominated in recent times but Rockbrook won the 2nd and 3rd year boys section whilst Conall Whelan and Molly Brown were individual winners in 2014. Who will come to the fore this year?

Details for Primary schools for May 11th will be posted after Easter.

Orienteering this Sunday, 29th March 2015


Sun 29 Mar: Barna Woods & Cappagh Park Galway ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event
Sun 29 Mar: Pine Forest Dublin Leinster League, Beginners are also welcome
Sun 29 Mar: Banna Sand Dunes Kerry Kingdom League / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/No. 8
Sun 29 Mar: Deepark Wood Cork Family Day



Sun 29 Mar, Barna Woods & Cappagh Park
Venue: Barna Woods & Cappagh Park, , Galway
Club: WEGO
Event: ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event
Start Times: 11:00-12:30
Grid Ref.: M 246 248
Follow Signs From: R336 Galway / Barna Road
Contact 087 6745595 / wego@orienteering.ie
Sun 29 Mar, Pine Forest
Venue: Pine Forest, Rathfarnham, Dublin
Club: 3ROC
Event: Leinster League – Beginners Welcome
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: O 131 227
Contact 087 9360308 / 3roc@orienteering.ie
  • Brown: 8.5km, 490m, 27 controls.
  • Blue: 6.6km, 325m, 20 controls.
  • Green: 4.6km, 230m, 17 controls.
  • Light Green: 3.8km, 115m, 12 controls.
  • Orange: 2.5km, 75m, 7 controls.
  • Yellow: 1.6km, 40m, 6 controls.
  • Red: 3.7km, 175m, 6 controls.
Sun 29 Mar, Banna Sand Dunes
Venue: Banna Sand Dunes, Ardfert, Kerry
Club: KerryO
Event: Kingdom League / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event, Beginners Welcome
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: Q 753 222
Follow Signs From: R551 Tralee / Ballyheigue Road; Just North Of Ardfert
Contact 087 7628312 / kerryo@orienteering.ie
Sun 29 Mar, Deepark Wood
Venue: Deepark Wood, Mogeely, Cork
Club: BOC
Event: Cork Spring League / Family Day/No. 5
Start Times: 10:30-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 973 762
Follow Signs From: Castlemartyr
Contact 021 4546194 / boc@orienteering.ie
Courses 6 courses, Brown to Yellow standard

Committee Positions vacant

A number of positions on the committee of the Irish Orienteering Association are vacant at the moment, Mapping Registrar and Hon. Secretary.

At the AGM on May 2nd the position of Chariperson will become vacant. According to the constitution the chairperson can only serve for a maximum of 3 years, so the current Chairperson, Mary O’Connell is stepping down.

It is essential to the functioning of the Irish Orienteering Association that there is a Chairperson in place.

If you have any questions about these positions please contact




Orienteering this Sunday, 22nd March

Beginners are always welcome.


Sun 22 Mar: IT Sligo Sligo ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event
Sun 22 Mar: Bull Island Dublin Leinster League
Sun 22 Mar: Seefin (Nagles) Cork Munster League
Sun 22 Mar: Liss Ard Estate Cork Family Day





Sun 22 Mar, IT Sligo
Venue: IT Sligo, Ballinode, Sligo
Club: SligO
Event:  ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event
Start Times: 11:00-12:30
Contact 086 3950582 / soc@orienteering.ie
Courses Two courses: Junior & Senior
Cost €5pp or €15 Family
Sun 22 Mar, Bull Island
Venue: Bull Island, Clontarf, Dublin
Club: Ajax
Event: Leinster League – Beginners Welcome
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: O 234 370
Follow Signs From: Clontarf Road (use the causeway not the wooden bridge)
Contact ajax@orienteering.ie
Sun 22 Mar, Seefin (Nagles)
Venue: Seefin (Nagles), Ballyhooly, Cork
Club: CorkO
Event: Munster League – Beginners Welcome
Start Times: 11:00-12:30
Grid Ref.: W 668 961
Follow Signs From: Killavullen; N72 Fermoy / Mallow Road
Contact 086 3062054 / corko@orienteering.ie
Courses six courses on offer, there is something to suit everyone, including beginners and those returning to the sport
Sun 22 Mar, Liss Ard Estate
Venue: Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen, Cork
Club: BOC
Event: Family Day – Beginners Welcome
Start Times: 10:30-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 131 323
Follow Signs From: R596 Castletownshend Road; Skibbereen
Contact 021 4546194 / boc@orienteering.ie
Courses  Usual courses on offer – details available on the day.

Junior Time Trial Results

Last weekend saw the Irish Junior Squad’s annual Time Trial in the Furry Glen, Phoenix Park.

The Time Trial is compulsory for all junior athletes hoping to be selected for international competitions with the Irish junior orienteering squad.

Conditions were mixed, not the best or worst, dry in places, but slippery on the climb up to the first control.

Despite not the best conditions, some great results were achieved, including some record-breaking times.

M18 Paul Pruzina of LVO broke the long-standing 4-lap junior record previously held by Seamus O’Boyle from September 2007, in a time of 22:31, 15secs clear of Seamus’ previous record.

W20 Róisín Long of AJAX / UCDO was also in record-breaking form, completing the 3-lap course in 20:41, 46 seconds faster than the previous women’s record held by Áine McCann, dating back to March 2010. Áine’s time will however remain the W18 record.

Another note-worthy time was Emer Perkins’ 2-lap time of 13:39, making her the 2nd W16 to run sub-14 for the course, leaving her 15secs shy of Áine McCann’s course record, from October 2009.

The event saw great runs all round from the squad members, and is a testament to the great work being done in the junior squad at the moment. Well done to all who took part.


Full results can be found here: 150314 TT Results

A history of previous times can be found on the old junior squad site, here: https://sites.google.com/site/ijsweb/events/time-trial

Irish Orienteering Schools Championships 2015

Full details of the IOSC 2015 event are available via the IOSG (Irish Orienteering Schools Group) blog: www.irishschoolso.blogspot.ie
(download page on top right side of blog) and follow us @schoolsO4U
Remember there is no pre qualifying for this event.iosc 2015

Orienteering Events this Sunday

Beginners are welcome at these two orienteering events. Explain at registration that you are a Beginner.

Sun 15 Mar: Hellfire Wood Dublin ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event
Sun 15 Mar: Tickancor Waterford Southeast League Cancelled
Sun 15 Mar: Glenbower Wood Cork Family Day




Sun 15 Mar, Hellfire Wood
Venue: Hellfire Wood, Killakee, Dublin
Club: Setanta
Event: ‘Come-and-try-it’
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: O 120 237
Follow Signs From: Firhouse
Contact 086 3547433 / set@orienteering.ie
All proceeds will go to Our Ladies Hospice.
Prices 8 euro senior , 5 euro junior, OAP , 20 euro family.
Courses Short Course 2.1 km and 75 m climb;
Medium Course 3.8 km and 125 m climb;
Long course  5.8 km and 225 m climb
Sun 15 Mar, Tickancor cancelled due to felling


Sun 15 Mar, Glenbower Wood
Venue: Glenbower Wood, Killeagh, Cork
Club: Bishopstown OC
Event: Cork Spring League – Beginners Welcome
Start Times: 10:30-13:00
Grid Ref.: X 001 773
Follow Signs From: Old Thatch Pub; Killeagh (on N25)
Contact 086 3062054 / boc@orienteering.ie
Courses BROWN COURSE   –  8.2 km
BLUE COURSE   –      6.5 km
GREEN COURSE  –      5.6 km
RED COURSE –    4.1  km
ORANGE COURSE  –   3.1   km
YELLOW COURSE (easiest)   – 2.4   km

Capital Grants for Orienteering Equipment


The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Sports Capital Programme for applications. A fund of €40 million is available for development of sports facilities and the purchasing of sports equipment.
Applications are now sought from sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs.

In the past Orienteering Clubs have received funding for SI equipment and LiDAR. Individual clubs can apply directly.

Application can only be made online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie.

Weekend Events

Beginners are welcome at all these events, have a look at our FAQ.


Sun 8 Mar: Cleveragh Regional Park & Cairns Wood Sligo Non-league / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/
Sun 8 Mar: Oughaval, Laois Leinster League/No. 9
Sun 8 Mar: Knockreer Estate Kerry Kingdom League / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/No. 7
Sun 8 Mar: Duke’s Wood (Southwest) Cork Cork Spring League / Family Day/No. 2





Sun 8 Mar, Cleveragh Regional Park & Cairns Wood
Venue: Cleveragh Regional Park & Cairns Wood, Cleveragh, Sligo
Club: SligO
Event: Non-league / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/
Start Times: 11:00-12:30
Contact 086 3950582 / soc@orienteering.ie
Lovely course in Sligo town opposite the Sligo Sports Complex.
Two courses – 1 for beginners & 1 for advanced
€5 per person or €15 for family
Sun 8 Mar, Oughaval
Venue: Oughaval, Stradbally, Laois
Club: CNOC
Event: Leinster League/No. 9
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: S 585 951
Follow Signs From: N80 Port Laoise/Carlow Road
Contact 045 867183 / cnoc@orienteering.ie
Brown: 8.1 km 270m climb
Blue: 6.5 km 180m climb
Green: 4.3 km 150m climb
Light Green: 3.0 km 100m climb
Red: 4.1 km 120m climb
Orange: 2.9 km 110m climb
Yellow: 1.8 km 45m climb.

For those who own their own SI cards, make sure your SI details are up to date on




Sun 8 Mar, Knockreer Estate
Venue: Knockreer Estate, Killarney, Kerry
Club: KerryO
Event: Kingdom League / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/No. 7
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: V 958 907
Follow Signs From: a.k.a. Town Park; Opposite Killarney Cathedral
Contact 087 7628312 / kerryo@orienteering.ie
Sun 8 Mar, Duke’s Wood (Southwest)
Venue: Duke’s Wood (Southwest), Crookestown, Cork
Club: BOC
Event: Cork Spring League / Family Day/No. 2
Start Times: 10:30-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 474 596
Follow Signs From: Bandon Road; Crookestown
Contact 021 4546194 / boc@orienteering.ie

DUKE’S WOOD, on Bandon / Crookstown roadNational Grid Reference W 473 595
Cork Spring League (Round 2) & Family Day
Start Times from 10.30 am to 1 pm for the Winter months
Brown, Blue & Green Courses will involve river crossings
Sections of Yellow & Orange Courses will be taped
Courses Close at 2 pm


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