First European University Orienteering Championships in 2019

As an ambition for former juniors who are in university in 2019 the first European University Orienteering Championships are to be held in the Czech Republic.  The IOA would hope to send teams and it would be a good training goal to consider the championships now.  It is important to say it is not comprised of national teams, but rather university teams so theoretically UCDO, DUO, UCCO and any other university in Ireland could field a team.
For further info see here:

Events till Wednesday the 1st February 2017

Night orienteering continues this weekend at Tolka Valley Park in Blanchardstown in Dublin.  Night orienteering is an interesting challenge.  Due to insurance restrictions only M/W 16+ can enter.

Other events this weekend include events in Kerry, Kilkenny and Cork.  All events are suitable for beginners.  Just ask at registration and someone will help you.  For further info have a look at our videos here

Schools orienteering in Cork continues next Tuesday with the Cork Schools Championships in Fota House and Gardens.  For further info see here

Any questions, email




Sat 28 Jan:  Tolka Valley Park Dublin Dublin By Night/No. 3
Sun 29 Jan:  Knockreer Estate Kerry Kingdom League / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/No. 3
Sun 29 Jan:  Castlecomer Park Kilkenny Non-league / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/
Sun 29 Jan:  Rathbarry Wood & The Long Strand Sand Dunes Cork Cork Brass Monkey Winter League / Family Day/No. 5
Tue 31 Jan:  Fota House & Gardens Cork Cork Schools Championships (Primary & Secondary)/




Sat 28 Jan, Tolka Valley Park
Venue: Tolka Valley Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin
Club: Fingal
Event: Dublin By Night/No. 3
Start Times: 18:00-19:00
Grid Ref.: O 073 395
Follow Signs From: R843 Corduff
Contact 086 1662871 /
Sun 29 Jan, Knockreer Estate
Venue: Knockreer Estate, Killarney, Kerry
Club: KerryO
Event: Kingdom League / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/No. 3
Start Times: 11:15-12:45
Grid Ref.: V 958 907
Follow Signs From: a.k.a. Town Park; Opposite Killarney Cathedral
Contact 087 7628312 /
Sun 29 Jan, Castlecomer Park
Venue: Castlecomer Park, Castlecomer, Kilkenny
Club: WatO
Event: Non-league / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: S 537 731
Follow Signs From: Entrance Gate
Contact 087 2229677 /
Sun 29 Jan, Rathbarry Wood & The Long Strand Sand Dunes
Venue: Rathbarry Wood & The Long Strand Sand Dunes, Rathbarry; Clonakilty, Cork
Club: BOC
Event: Cork Brass Monkey Winter League / Family Day/No. 5
Start Times: 10:30-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 325 358
Follow Signs From: Rathbarry
Contact 021 4546194 /
Tue 31 Jan, Fota House & Gardens
Venue: Fota House & Gardens, Carrigtwohill, Cork
Club: CSOA
Event: Cork Schools Championships (Primary & Secondary)/
Start Times: 10:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 790 713
Follow Signs From: N25 Cobh Exit
Contact 086 0851128 /


EYOC and JWOC Selection Policy 2017

The selection policies for both the European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) and The Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) have now been agreed.

You can view the individual documents here:

IOA Junior Selection Policy 2017 EYOC

IOA Junior Selection Policy 2017 JWOC

– Mike Long
Director of Junior Representative Orienteering
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Coaching News

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12 staff from Cappanalea Outdoor Education and Training Centre took part in Orienteering Instructor training in the beautiful Knockreer Demesne last week. Candidates learnt fun and progressive ways to introduce beginners to the skills of the sport.  Training for the instructor award takes place over two days and successful candidates gain a Coaching Ireland/IOA qualification.

For information on future courses keep an eye on the website or contact

WOC 2017 Selection Policy

This link contains the selection policy for WOC 2017 to be held this Summer in Estonia.

WOC 2017 Selection Policy

All areas involved are embargoed prior to the respective race.
The Appeals Policy will be ready for publication shortly.
The Selection Policy makes reference to intentions. This aspect will be clarified next week when the Squad Membership Form for 2017 is sent out.


Darren Burke

Director of High Performance Orienteering

Events till Wednesday 18th Jan

These are the events till Wednesday the 18th of January.

The first event in the 2017 Dublin by Night series is this Saturday, 14th January, at the Phoenix Park, Dublin.  Start times 6 pm to 7 pm. Two courses, 4.2 km and 8.2 km.  Parking is at the usual night-O place, the Camogie grounds car park across the main road from the polo grounds, about 300 metres past the first roundabout as you come from Parkgate Street.  The organisers expect to have shelter, light and hot drinks as usual. For insurance reasons night events are only open to age classes M/W16 and above.
Closest public transport: bus 46A to the Phoenix Park terminus and walk, or LUAS Red Line to Heuston Station and walk.
See location map here.
For further information see:

If you have never done night-o before the Phoenix Park is a good place to start, make sure to have a head torch.  Dublin by Night has five events this year and runs as a league.

On Sunday there are two events in Lismore and Cork.

The event in Lismore is a return to Lismore Towers with starts from 11-1.  The event will be signposted from bridge in Lismore along the R666.

Course lengths
Long 7.1 km, 215 m climb, 25 controls
Medium 5.7 km, 195m climb, 23 controls
Short technical 3.4 km, 125 m climb, 16 controls
Short easy (path only) 2.1km, 60 m climb, 8 controls

The event in Cork is in Glenabo Wood, near Fermoy with starts from 10:30 – 13:00.

Both events are suitable for beginners.

On Wednesday there is a Leinster Schools event in Corkagh Demesne, it’s pre-entry, for further information look here

Any questions email





Sat 14 Jan:  Phoenix Park Dublin Dublin By Night/No. 1
Sat 14 Jan:  Midleton CBS Secondary School Cork CorkO Club Training Day/
Sun 15 Jan:  Towers Waterford Southeast League/No. 4
Sun 15 Jan:  Glenabo Wood Cork Cork Brass Monkey Winter League / Family Day/No. 3
Wed 18 Jan:  Corkagh Demesne Dublin Leinster Schools League (Secondary)/No. 3




Sat 14 Jan, Phoenix Park
Venue: Phoenix Park, , Dublin
Club: 3ROC
Event: Dublin By Night/No. 1
Start Times: 18:00-19:00
Grid Ref.: O 122 349
Follow Signs From: Chesterfield Avenue
Contact 087 9360308 /
Sat 14 Jan, Midleton CBS Secondary School
Venue: Midleton CBS Secondary School, Castleredmond; Midleton, Cork
Club: CorkO
Event: CorkO Club Training Day/
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 882 727
Contact 086 3062054 /
Sun 15 Jan, Towers
Venue: Towers, Lismore, Waterford
Club: WatO
Event: Southeast League/No. 4
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: X 025 994
Follow Signs From: Lismore Bridge
Contact 087 2229677 /
Sun 15 Jan, Glenabo Wood
Venue: Glenabo Wood, Fermoy, Cork
Club: BOC
Event: Cork Brass Monkey Winter League / Family Day/No. 3
Start Times: 10:30-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 796 974
Follow Signs From: Duntaheen Road; Fermoy
Contact 021 4546194 /
Wed 18 Jan, Corkagh Demesne
Venue: Corkagh Demesne, Clondalkin, Dublin
Club: GEN
Event: Leinster Schools League (Secondary)/No. 3
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: O 051 299
Follow Signs From: N7 Junction 2
Contact 087 9873200 /


Orienteering in Ireland
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