Munster Schools Championships

The Munster Schools Championships (Primary and Secondary) that take place on the 7th of March will now go ahead. They take place in Trabolgan Holiday Village.  This event is organised by The Irish Orienteering Schools Group.  The organisers wish to acknowledge Bishopstown Orienteering Club and Sean Cotter for facilitating this.

– Finn van Gelderen, Vice Chairperson and Communications Officer.


Events this coming weekend

Orienteering in Cavan, Galway and Cork this weekend!  All events are suitable for beginners, ask at registration and someone will assist you.

Any questions email


Sun 26 Feb:  Deer Park Forest Cavan Leinster League/No. 2
Sun 26 Feb:  Kilcornan Wood Galway Non-league / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/
Sun 26 Feb:  Spike Island Cork Cork Brass Monkey Winter League / Family Day/No. 9


Sun 26 Feb, Deer Park Forest
Venue: Deer Park Forest, Virginia, Cavan
Club: Fingal
Event: Leinster League/No. 2
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: N 604 873
Follow Signs From: N3 Main St; Virginia
Contact 046 9074711 /

Car parking and registration is at the lakeside, outside Virginia College, the following is Google Maps link to the car parking location,-7.0846235/@53.8311891,-7.0848166,18z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0

Road signage to the event carpark will be from the junction of Main St and New St in Virginia village.

The Start/Finish is 800m from the carpark, (10 mins walk) and crosses the edge of the Golf course. Orienteers MUST give way to golfers and WALK while crossing the golf course.

Refreshments will be provided at the event.

YELLOW       1.9K,  Climb 25m  9 Controls.
ORANGE       3.3K,  Climb 35m,  9 Controls.
RED              4.5K, Climb 50m,    11 Controls
L/GREEN      4.2K, Climb 90m,    14 Controls.
GREEN          5.2K,  Climb 120m, 15 Controls.
BLUE*           7.7K,  Climb 150m, 17 Controls.
Brown*         9.3K,  Climb 210m, 21 Controls.

*Blue and Brown include a map exchange. The 2nd map is on the reverse of the first. The 2nd map starts with last control from the 1st side of the map.

Sun 26 Feb, Kilcornan Wood
Venue: Kilcornan Wood, Clarenbridge, Galway
Club: WEGO
Event: Non-league / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/
Start Times: 11:00-12:00
Grid Ref.: M 415 195
Follow Signs From: N18 / L4102 Junction @ Clarenbridge
Contact 087 6745595 /
Sun 26 Feb, Spike Island



Spike Island, Cork Harbour, Cork
Club: BOC
Event: Cork Brass Monkey Winter League / Family Day/No. 9
Start Times: 10:30-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 800 650
Follow Signs From: Kennedy Pier; Cobh
Contact 021 4546194 /

SPIKE ISLAND, from Kennedy Pier, Cobh Square (W800650)

Ferry times & fees from,

Start within the Fort and use Fort, Ramparts & Moat.  Cork Brass Monkey Winter League & Family Day

Events till Wednesday 22nd February

There are events both sides of the border this coming week.  The Armagh Sprint Weekend kicks off on Friday AM with a training event followed by 3 Days of top class sprint orienteering in Northern Ireland. This event will incorporate the Armagh 5km Road Race which is said to be one of the fastest races in the World (67 people broke the covetted 15min mark this year). Yannick Michiels took 2nd place in this year’s race in a very tight race.   The event is pre-entry and entries have now closed, there is EOD however on Sunday.  Some of the top orienteers in the world have entered the event including Murray Strain, Charlotte Ward, Tim Robertson and Kris Jones.  The Irish entrants include sisters Niamh and Caoimhe O’Boyle, Olivia Baxter, Niamh Corbett, Susan Lambe, Eadaoin Mc Cavana and Aoife Donaghy.  Mens open includes Kevin O’Boyle, Colm Moran, Eoin Mc Cullogh, Darren Burke, Cillin Corbet and Conall Whelan. It promises to be a weekend of fast action, great spectating and thrilling races.

The final details for the event are here

Moving around the country there are also events in Sligo, Kerry and Cork on Sunday. All events are suitable for beginners, ask at registration and someone will help you. On Tuesday there is a schools orienteering event on Midleton CBS Grounds, for more information see here

Any questions email

Sun 19 Feb:  Strandhill South Sligo Non-league / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/
Sun 19 Feb:  Upper Torc – Muckross Kerry Munster League/No. 2
Sun 19 Feb:  Myross Wood House Retreat Centre & Grounds Cork Cork Brass Monkey Winter League / Family Day/No. 8
Tue 21 Feb:  Midleton CBS Grounds Cork Cork Schools Introductory Event/




Sun 19 Feb, Strandhill South
Venue: Strandhill South, , Sligo
Club: SligO
Event: Non-league / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/
Start Times: 11:00-12:30
Grid Ref.: G 605 357
Follow Signs From: R292 Sligo / Strandhill Road
Contact 086 3950582 /
Sun 19 Feb, Upper Torc – Muckross
Venue: Upper Torc – Muckross, Killarney, Kerry
Club: KerryO
Event: Munster League/No. 2
Start Times: 11:15-12:45
Grid Ref.: V 966 845
Follow Signs From: N71 Killarney / Kenmare Road
Contact 087 7628312 /
Sun 19 Feb, Myross Wood House Retreat Centre & Grounds
Venue: Myross Wood House Retreat Centre & Grounds, Leap, Cork
Club: BOC
Event: Cork Brass Monkey Winter League / Family Day/No. 8
Start Times: 10:30-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 203 368
Follow Signs From: Leap
Contact 021 4546194 /
Tue 21 Feb, Midleton CBS Grounds
Venue: Midleton CBS Grounds, Midleton, Cork
Club: CSOA
Event: Cork Schools Introductory Event/
Start Times: 10:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: W 882 727
Follow Signs From: N25
Contact 086 0851128 /


Orienteering Instructor Course, 23/24 Feb 2017

Orienteering Instructor Level 1 Training Course
Venue: Larch Hill Scouting Centre, Tibradden, Co. Dublin
Date: Thursday/Friday 23rd & 24th February 2017
Cost €120 per person

The award is aimed at club orienteers, teachers, youth leaders and outdoor instructors in a position to introduce beginners to the sport.

Trainee instructors will:

  • Be introduced to the Orienteering Ability Awards as a progressive scheme for developing orienteering skills in novice and beginner participants.
  • Plan and deliver sessions that introduce the basic understanding of an orienteering map, including map colours and commonly used symbols.
  • Explore a range of activities suitable for introducing of orienteering in the classroom, school grounds and in local parks and woods.
  • Become familiar with equipment and skills necessary to organise orienteering activities.
  • Learn to carry out risk assessments for orienteering activities and how to use course planning tools for organising simple orienteering competitions in private grounds, parks and small woods.

Candidates will be required to complete a logbook and a practical teaching assessment to qualify as an Orienteering Instructor.

Candidates will need to have a basic knowledge of the sport and some event experience prior to the training, ideally this should consist of a minimum of three public events on Orange or Red courses (this is an entry level adult standard).
Course will run from 9.15 – 4.30 each day.

Use the link below to book and pay for your place

Eoin Browne

Events this coming weekend

There are 4 events this weekend.

Please note that the upcoming Meath Local Sports Partnership/Fingal Orienteers events at Blackwater Park, Navan next Saturday, Feb. 4th and the follow up events there on March 4th, April 1st and May 13th, are not suitable for regular orienteers.

They are part of a taster series, that will involve other sports. There will only be a easy Yellow level course on offer on the day. Fingal Orienteers intend to use these events as a lead in to our regular Meath Summer Series events at Dalgan Park and Dunshaughlin in June and the Tuesday evening events in July and August.  They are intended to try to promote the sport in Co. Meath.



The next round of the Dublin by Night series will take place next Sat evening, Feb. 4, in Rockbrook Park School.  The map of Rockbrook was drawn to Sprint standard by Lawrence Quinn and updated recently by Aonghus O’Cleirigh.  Scale = 1:4000

The event will follow sprint standard rules, e.g. no crossing thick black lines (even if you can physically cross the feature) or reaching through fences to punch controls etc.
There will be two courses
Long = 3km  with 29 controls
Short = 1.5km with 15 controls

For insurance reasons night events are only open to age classes M/W16 and above.



On Sunday, Dublin University Orienteers are hosting an Urban Sprint with courses suitable for everyone.  If you fancy trying an urban Sprint in a historic campus this is the event for you. Don’t let the title put you off, it’s also a challenging map reading exercise and definitely worth a try, even if you are a beginner!

Start/finish:     The Pavilion (see link)

Parking and access:

There will be NO parking available on campus, but most on-street parking will be free on Sunday. Use of public transport is advised. Access campus from LINCOLN GATE ( so as to avoid walking through the competition area. Assembly will be at the Pavilion bar beside the cricket pitch. Changing rooms will be available.

Any queries please email


Finally this  Sunday, the Cork Brass Monkey Winter League continues with the 6th event in the series,  there are courses suitable for everyone,  Doneraile Forest Park is a beautiful part of the country.  There are the full range of courses available. Park in car park just inside the main gate & walk northwards to northernmost entrance gate for Registration & Starts.


Any questions email


Sat 4 Feb:  Blackwater Park Meath Meath Sports Partnership / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/No. 1
Sat 4 Feb:  Rockbrook Park School Dublin Dublin By Night/No. 4
Sun 5 Feb:  Trinity College Dublin Dublin Urban Sprint / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/
Sun 5 Feb:  Doneraile Forest Park Cork Cork Brass Monkey Winter League / Family Day/No. 6




Sat 4 Feb, Blackwater Park
Venue: Blackwater Park, Navan, Meath
Club: Fingal
Event: Meath Sports Partnership / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/No. 1
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: N 862 687
Follow Signs From: N51 / R147 Junction
Contact 086 1662871 /
Sat 4 Feb, Rockbrook Park School
Venue: Rockbrook Park School, Rathfarnham, Dublin
Club: Ajax
Event: Dublin By Night/No. 4
Start Times: 18:00-19:00
Grid Ref.: O 134 248
Follow Signs From: Rathfarnham
Sun 5 Feb, Trinity College Dublin
Venue: Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin
Club: DUO
Event: Urban Sprint / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event/
Start Times: 11:00-13:00
Grid Ref.: O 163 338
Follow Signs From: College Entrances
Sun 5 Feb, Doneraile Forest Park
Venue: Doneraile Forest Park, Doneraile, Cork
Club: BOC
Event: Cork Brass Monkey Winter League / Family Day/No. 6
Start Times: 10:30-13:00
Grid Ref.: R 603 076
Follow Signs From: Doneraile
Contact 021 4546194 /


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