Orienteering this Christmas

Fear not, there’s orienteering over Christmas with the traditional event at Three Rock on Stephens Day and events on the 27th at Ballincollig Regional Park and Rochestown Woods.

Seasons greetings from all at the IOA!  See you in the New Year!


Mon 26 Dec:  Three Rock Wood Dublin St Stephen’s Day Fun Score Event/
Tue 27 Dec:  Ballincollig Regional Park Cork Christmas Family Fun Event/
Tue 27 Dec:  Rochestown Woods Cork Cork County League / Family Day/No. 8


Mon 26 Dec, Three Rock Wood
Venue: Three Rock Wood, Ticknock, Dublin
Club: 3ROC
Event: St Stephen’s Day Fun Score Event/
Start Times: 10:00-12:00
Grid Ref.: O 171 242
Follow Signs From: Harold’s Grange Road / Blackglen Road
Contact 087 9360308 / 3roc@orienteering.ie
Tue 27 Dec, Ballincollig Regional Park
Venue: Ballincollig Regional Park, Ballincollig, Cork
Club: CorkO
Event: Christmas Family Fun Event/
Start Times: 12:00 Mass Start
Grid Ref.: W 581 711
Follow Signs From: Iniscarra Road Roundabout / Iniscarra Bridge
Contact 086 3062054 / corko@orienteering.ie
Tue 27 Dec, Rochestown Woods
Venue: Rochestown Woods, Clarke’s Hill; Rochestown, Cork
Club: BOC
Event: Cork County League / Family Day/No. 8
Start Times: 10:30-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 725 687
Follow Signs From: Clarke’s Hill; Rochestown
Contact 021 4546194 / boc@orienteering.ie

Events this Sunday the 11th December

These are the events for this Sunday the 11th of December.

In addition to the registered events 3ROC are having an informal event to celebrate 40 years of the club, see below:

In common with GEN and SET, 3ROC are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the club this year. We are having a small orienteering excercise (no signposts, no money, just a few flags and a run in the forest) at 11.30 on Sunday 11th December at Ticknock.  While it’s primarily aimed at 3ROC members, everyone is welcome to come along and try some old-style orienteering with a few twists.  This is not an official fixture, just a casual get-together, but you’re welcome to join us on Sunday morning.
3ROC members will be having a function afterwards.

All the events have courses suitable for beginners.

Any questions email: comms@orienteering.ie




Sun 11 Dec:  Lough Key Forest Park Roscommon Non-league / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/
Sun 11 Dec:  Kilworth Camp Cork Munster League/No. 9
Sun 11 Dec:  Mount Desert Wood Cork Cork County League / Family Day/No. 6




Sun 11 Dec, Lough Key Forest Park
Venue: Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Roscommon
Club: SligO
Event: Non-league / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/
Start Times: 11:00-12:30
Grid Ref.: G 843 040
Follow Signs From: N4 Carrick-on-Shannon / Boyle Road
Contact 086 3950582 / soc@orienteering.ie
Sun 11 Dec, Kilworth Camp
Venue: Kilworth Camp, Kilworth, Cork
Club: DFO / CorkO
Event: Munster League/No. 9
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: R 814 069
Follow Signs From: R639 Fermoy / Michelstown Road
Contact 086 3062054 / corko@orienteering.ie
Sun 11 Dec, Mount Desert Wood
Venue: Mount Desert Wood, Lee Road; Cork City, Cork
Club: BOC
Event: Cork County League / Family Day/No. 6
Start Times: 10:30-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 630 720
Follow Signs From: Lee Road; Cork City
Contact 021 4546194 / boc@orienteering.ie


World Orienteering Day 2017

The World Orienteering Day offers a great possibility to promote our lovely sport! Therefore, on Wednesday May 24th 2017, we would like to see people of all ages taking part in some sort of Orienteering event.

On Wednesday May 11th 2016, the first ever World Orienteering Day took place all over the world. It proved to be a great success, with more than 250 000 participants all around the world taking part in an orienteering event.

After having finalised the results, the total of participation in the first ever World Orienteering Day stands at 252 927 participants at 2013 locations in 81 countries and territories.

From South Africa to Hong Kong, from Greenland to New Caledonia, from Ecuador to Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of youngsters participated in World Orienteering Day. Following the idea “Think globally, act locally”, people all over the world took part in locally organised orienteering events, and celebrated the biggest world-wide orienteering event ever.

Our Vision 2018

500 000 participants – 5000 locations – 100 countries

The IOF’s goals regarding the organisation of this annual event are as follows:

  • Increasing the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people
  • Increasing the number of participants both in the schools’ activities as well and in the clubs’ activities in all countries of National Federations, and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering
  • Helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way by providing schools with materials such as maps, orienteering exercises and equipment

The updated website is now ready for registration.

Words from IOF President Leho Haldna:
“It is time to look ahead to World Orienteering Day 2017. Following such a success as the first year of the project can be hard, but we should not be daunted by this. In 2016, we showed the world just how much passion and initiative can be found in orienteers all over the world, and in 2017 we have the chance to prove it again, and share orienteering with even more people. I invite all volunteers and activists in orienteering to support World Orienteering Day 2017 by organising events near their home. All events, even the smallest ones, are extremely valuable to reach our target: a continued global success.”

Now is the time to start planning events for 2017, not just local events, but schools events too.

Any questions about promoting events for the day contact comms@orienteering.ie

– IOA Executive.

Events this coming weekend

These are the events this coming weekend ending the 4th of December.

Fancy trying some Sprint-O.  UCDO are running a sprint event on Saturday in Belfield Campus.  There are two courses on offer, a short and long.  Fast paced and exhilarating, sprint-O tests navigation and running in relatively short distances.  Sprint Orienteering is suitable both for beginners and the advanced orienteer.

Then on Sunday there there are two events around the country, one on the Curragh that also doubles up as the Irish Orienteering Student Championships and one in Ballyannon Wood in Cork.  Both events have courses suitable for beginners.  If you ask at registration someone will help you.

Any questions email comms@orienteering.ie




Sat 3 Dec:  University College Dublin; Belfield Dublin Sprint-O/
Sun 4 Dec:  Curragh East Kildare Irish Orienteering Student Championships / Leinster League/Classic / No. 10
Sun 4 Dec:  Ballyannon Wood Cork Cork County League / Family Day/No. 5




Sat 3 Dec, University College Dublin; Belfield
Venue: University College Dublin; Belfield, Donnybrook, Dublin
Club: UCDO
Event: Sprint-O/
Start Times: 12:30-14:00
Grid Ref.: O 187 302
Follow Signs From: UCD Main Entrance (R138 Stillorgan Road)
Contact ucdo@orienteering.ie
Sun 4 Dec, Curragh East
Venue: Curragh East, , Kildare
Club: CNOC
Event: Irish Orienteering Student Championships / Leinster League/Classic / No. 10
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: N 786 111
Follow Signs From: M7 Junction 12 (Curragh Exit)
Contact 045 867183 / cnoc@orienteering.ie
Sun 4 Dec, Ballyannon Wood
Venue: Ballyannon Wood, Midleton, Cork
Club: BOC
Event: Cork County League / Family Day/No. 5
Start Times: 10:30-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 875 723
Follow Signs From: Midleton Park Hotel
Contact 021 4546194 / boc@orienteering.ie


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