Ready to go Orienteering – 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Irish Orienteering Association has secured continued funding for the Ready to go Orienteering project.

The initiative is funded by a grant from the Dormant Accounts Fund and is primarily targeted at schools in disadvantaged areas. Central to the project is a one-day training course for teachers – this training provides teachers with the knowledge, understanding and practical ability to teach the basic skills of orienteering in an enjoyable and rewarding way. The funding has also enabled us to develop a package of training resources for schools and has included the production of more than 50 high quality school orienteering maps.

Training courses have been delivered in several locations around the country over the past year. We will be  announcing dates for further courses in 2018.

For more details:            

Commencement of Children First Act

The Children First Act commenced on Monday 11th December 2017 for all organisations. A large amount of work has been completed by the IOA in relation to this issue. We continue to prioritise the safety of all Orienteers – young and not so young. E-Vetting and various Child protection courses have been completed at all levels. If you are in any doubt as to the requirements of this act, or the expectations of the Irish Orienteering Assocation and how it impacts on you, please familiarise yourself with the contents of the act and our Code of Ethics and Childprotection policy. The Code of Ethics and Child protection policy are available on our website – link here
If in any doubt send your queries to
We must continue to maintain a safe environment in our sport for all participants.
Attached is a letter from John Treacy outlining the expectations of SportIreland in regard to this Act.
letter from Sport Ireland

Paul O’Sullivan-Hourihan
Irish Orienteering Association

Munster League Fundraiser- Thank You

Special thanks go to the Rosie’s kitchen and the O’Sullivan-Hourihan family for organising a Junior Squad fundraiser at the Munster Champs last weekend.

Rose Marie must have been baking all weekend and came up trumps for her finale. As Rose Marie’s brood are now moving on to the senior squad, this was Rose Marie’s final pre-Christmas cake sale and refreshment event. There were plenty of takers for her speciality mulled apple juice after an overnight freeze and tough courses, it went down a treat.

Of course there was very careful planning by the remainder of the O’Sullivan Hourihan household, who planned and organised the orienteering, ensuring plenty of calories were lost in order to maximise the profits in the kitchen!

Rose Marie assures me the franchise is up for grabs at a very reasonable rate, so feel free to contact her or Jeni, the Junior Squad officer if you would like to take over next year.

Thank you to everyone who donated and enjoyed the goodies and, of course, to the O’Sullivan Hourihan family for an enjoyable Munster League finale in Kilworth camp.

Weather affecting Orienteering this weekend

Due to the orange snow and ice warning, the orienteering event scheduled for Sun 10th December in Aghrane Wood, Ballygar, Co. Galway has been postponed to the Spring
TROOPERSTOWN UPDATE (Saturday 9th Dec, 1 pm). At present the Trooperstown event is going ahead, controls are being put out. The snow forecast will not affect course safety which are mostly in the forest.

The only risk is of the roads to Trooperstown being impassable. Wicklow County Council advise that they have snow ploughs to clear the main roads but we will know better in the morning.

GEN will update the GEN website ( tomorrow morning (Sunday) by 9:15am advising or road viability (Kilmacanogue -> Laragh).


Senior Selection Policies 2018

This post contains the Senior Selection Policies for 2018, WOC and EOC.

WOC is being held in Latvia and EOC is in Switzerland.


WOC 2018 Selection Policy

EOC 2018 Selection Policy

SHI 2018 Selection Policy (NIOA)

I am grateful to the work of the selectors in preparing these policies.


Darren Burke

Director of High Performance Orienteering

Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering 2018 West Midlands 30th March – 2nd April

The selectors are  currently finalising the calendar/ selection policies for the Junior Squad for next year. One of the recommended races is the JK.

The date for the most cost effective entries is fast approaching.

(Junior / Student fees in brackets)

Entries by Sprint Days 2 & 3 (per day) PreO & TempO (per day)
Sunday 17th Dec £15 (£7) £23 (£8) £12 (£5)
Sunday 28th Jan £17 (£8) £25 (£9) £12 (£5)
Sunday 25th Feb £19 (£9) £27 (£10) £12 (£5)

Accommodation is best secured early, and some is recommended on the website.

Some of us are staying here in Cannock itself.

The JK is a fantastic event for families and those interested in exploring wonderful areas of countryside without having to travel too far.

We will be, as usual, entering Junior Relay teams for the Monday.

Happy Running


Juniors Stepping Up

I would like to take a moment to thank both Aidan McCullough and Conall Whelan on planning two excellent events this weekend.  Both the Irish Sprint Championship and the Leinster League event today were both very well attended and enjoyed.

These are the planners of the future and we should applaud them.

Well done gents, and to ALL those Juniors who help in their clubs every week.

Thanks to their mentors/ family also as these endeavours take time!



Irish Orienteering Sprint Championships 2017

Congratulations to all the newly crowned Irish champions.
A huge thanks to John McCullough and his team for the effort in putting this event on for us.
It was really great to see the event so well supported.
Thanks to everyone who competed.
Also a big thanks to the IOA committee members who attended the post event meeting.
These officers do huge work on our behalf.


Orienteering in Ireland
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