Upcoming Level 1 Basic Instructor Course

The next Level 1 Basic Orienteering Instructor Training 2-day course will take place in Midleton, Co. Cork on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2023.

The course will also be preceded by a 1 hour online (Zoom) evening session on Friday 27th October at 6.30pm to introduce each other to the group, outline the course content, share access to the online resources and to delegate the activities that each individual will do on day 1.

The instructor training course is aimed at club orienteers, youth leaders and outdoor pursuits instructors, with basic knowledge of the sport, including some event experience, and who are interested in introducing people to the sport of orienteering.

This course is certified by Sport Ireland Coaching.

Upon completion of the training course, candidates will be required to log teaching hours and complete a practical teaching assessment to qualify as an Orienteering Ireland Level 1 Orienteering Instructor.


Candidates should have a basic knowledge of the sport, including some event experience. Ideally this should consist of a minimum of three public events on Orange, Red and Light Green courses.

Course Overview

  • Explore a range of activities suitable for the introduction of orienteering in the classroom, school grounds and in local parks and woods.
  • Plan and deliver sessions that develop basic understanding of orienteering skills & navigation techniques.
  • Be introduced to the Orienteering Ireland Orienteering Ability Awards as a progressive scheme for the advancement of skills in novice and beginner participants.
  • Become familiar with equipment and skills necessary to organise orienteering activities.
  • Learn to carry out risk assessments and use these in conjunction with the orienteering venue terrain guide.
  • Use course planning tools to organise simple orienteering activities in private grounds, parks and small woods.

More info can be found on the Orienteering Education page here: https://www.orienteering.ie/orienteering-education-resource/education-courses/

To register please check the link below.

Poster promoting the Instructor Training Course in Midleton on 4th and 5th November 2023.

European Week of Sport 2023

23rd – 30th September 2023

European Week of Sport will take place this year from 23rd – 30th September for the 9th year. The #BeActive campaign promotes an active and healthy lifestyle for all ages and for everybody.

European Week of Sport 2023 will see events in 40 countries with millions of people getting to participate in sport and physical activity.

Orienteering Ireland has a number of events taking place around the country during this week, along with the super-sized orienteering maze at the BeActive Festival at Sport Ireland Campus on 24th September.

LocationCountyDateStart TimesEvent Type
Tramore Valley ParkCorkSat 23rd Sept15:00-17:00Come and Try It
BeActive Festival – Sport Ireland CampusDublinSun 24th Sept09:00-17:00Maze
Rinville Park, OranmoreGalwaySun 24th Sept11:00-12:00Come and Try It
Mallow Town Park & CastleCorkSun 24th Sept10:30-12:00Cork Autumn League
WoodstockKilkennySun 24th Sept11:00-13:00Come and Try It
Newbridge HouseDublinSun 24th Sept12:00-12:04Come and Try It
University College CorkCorkTues 26th Sept17:00-18:30
Dromahane VillageCorkWed 27th Sept17:00-19:00Come and Try It
Glen River ParkCorkSat 30th Sept10:30-12:00Come and Try It
European Week of Sport 2023 BeActive Logo

Junior Home Internationals 2023 – Team Selection

The following team selection has been made to represent Ireland at this year’s Junior Home International, in the East Midlands of England on October 7th/8th.

Eoin SimpsonCian Wickham Cathan Harrington
Fionn BuckleyConor MastersonDaire O’Brien 
James Ewart Gerry Browne Oscar Rowe
Liam O’DonnellLiam CaseyZach Murphy 
Aoife Masterson Ellen SimpsonAnastasia Maglich
Eimear CaseyEve BuckleyClodagh O’Donnell
Fionnuala Rowe Orla ChurchEmily Rowe
Niamh BrowneSadhbh Hassett Niamh Callery

Congratulations to those selected, and thanks to the selectors for their work this year – many hard decisions had to be made in several categories. This is a great indication of the level of interest in junior orienteering at the minute, and the competition inside age classes will help push the standard even higher in the future.

Junior Home International team from 2022
Junior Home International team from 2022

IOF – Invitation to EA Clinic in FootO

FootO Commission invite you all to the EA Clinic in Hong Kong in January.

The Event Advisers’ Clinic is organised for the education and recruitment of new IOF licensed Foot Orienteering Event Advisers. The clinic is also open for experienced organisers who want to play major roles in organising future high level IOF events (WOC, World Cup, WMOC, EYOC, etc.) but do not necessarily want to become an Event Adviser.

Course leaders will be Unni Strand Karlsen (NOR), IOF FootO Commission.

You find the invitation here: Invitation to the Clinic

Please use the online entry form, EA Clinic Entry Form

I would also like to friendly remind you of the FootO EA Clinic that will be held in Italy later this year.

You find the invitation here: Invitation to the Clinic

Please use the online entry form, EA Clinic Entry Form

International Orienteering Federation IOF logo

Orienteering Mapping Course

Orienteering Ireland is running a 4-week online course on Introduction to Mapping using OCAD software. The course is aimed at the those new to mapping. Over a progressive series of four weekly online workshops participants will learn to:

1. Complete an urban sprint orienteering map that complies to international standards.

2. Complete an orienteering map of a park / school grounds.

3. Georeference and make small updates to any orienteering map.

Starting on Monday 2nd October 2023, for four consecutive Mondays, each workshop will last two hours from 19:30 – 21:30, and will take place via Zoom.

Monday 2nd October

Monday 9th October

Monday 16th October

Monday 23th October

Each participant will be given a temporary OCAD licence for 6 weeks from the beginning of the course.


– OCAD is a Windows Software – you will need Windows 8, 10 or 11

– 100 MB of free disk space for the installation

– Basic knowledge of file handling

Note for MAC users OCAD is a Windows software. Additional software like Virtual PC, Parallels Desktop, VMWare Fusion or Bootcamp must be installed on the MAC to use OCAD. For more information, see the OCAD Wiki – OCAD on Mac OS X page.

The course is open to members of Orienteering Ireland and its clubs. You can register here.

Her Outdoors Week 2023

August 14th – 20th 2023

HER Outdoors week aims to celebrate and encourage more females to get out and enjoy the benefits of being in the outdoors while bringing visibility to the opportunities for females to get involved in outdoor physical activity.

This week is all about providing more opportunities for all females to escape to the outdoors and try something new. 

Orienteering Ireland, in collaboration with our clubs and Local Sports Partnerships have put together a comprehensive list of events around the country, for women and girls to try out.

A number of the events will showcase the MapRun app, whilst others will also have a fun maze for participants to try out.

Lots of fun guaranteed, and new skills learned

To register as a Her Outdoors participant click on the relevant link below.

including registration link
Merlin Park WoodsGalwayTuesday 15th August17:30 – 19:30
Finn Valley Centre/Drumboe WoodsDonegalTuesday 15th August09:30 – 14:30OAT programme for teen girls (Orienteering, Athletics, Triathlon)
CarrigfoyleWexfordTuesday 15th August17:30 – 19:30
Phoenix ParkDublinTuesday 15th August18:00 – 19:00
Sport Ireland CampusDublinTuesday 15th August13:00 – 14:00For Sport Ireland staff on campus
SchullCorkWednesday 16th August17:00 – 18:30
Malahide Castle & GardensDublinWednesday 16th August18:00 – 20:00
Belmont DemesneWicklowSaturday 19th August14:00 – 16:00
Cleveragh ParkSligoSunday 20th August10:30 – 12:00
Ballincollig Regional ParkCorkSunday 20th August11:00 – 12:30
Athlone Regional Sports CentreWestmeathSunday 20th August11:00 – 13:00


Welcome to the Tiveden 3-days, together with the Swedish Open Veteran Championships

Välkomna till orientering i Tiveden!

Welcome to orienteering in Tiveden Sweden! The most interesting map in Sweden for 2023! Area not mapped since 1967! Competition classes also for M/W 18 – 21.

All map examples below are from the new competition map!!

5 -7 September – Training

8 -10 September – Competitions


8 September: Sprint

9 September: Middle

10 September: Long


One of Sweden’s most interesting maps, right next to the famous Tiveden National Park. 8 km2 new made map. 5,5 km2 was mapped 1967! The remaining part, 2,5 km2 has never been mapped before. Hardly any paths!

Information / entries: Eventor Sweden https://eventor.orientering.se/Events/Show/36971


Poster advertising the Tiveden Three Day Orienteering event in Sweden in September 2023
A section of an orienteering map of the competition area in Tiveden, Sweden.
A control between two boulders in a forest in Tiveden in Sweden.
A section of an orienteering map of the competition area in Tiveden, Sweden.
A section of the orienteering map of the competition area in Tiveden, Sweden.
A section of the orienteering map of the competition area in Tiveden, Sweden.
A section of the orienteering map of the competition area in Tiveden, Sweden.
A section of the orienteering map of the competition area in Tiveden, Sweden.
A section of the orienteering map of the competition area in Tiveden, Sweden.
A section of the orienteering map of the competition area in Tiveden, Sweden.
A location map showing where Tiveden is in Sweden, north of Skövde and Norrköping.
An image of the runnable forest in Tiveden.


Please contact us at info@oktiveden.com

+ 46 70 603 10 75

+ 34 699 08 21 98




Thank You to Áine Joyce

We would like to convey our immense gratitude to Áine Joyce who retired earlier this year from her position as General Administrator for Orienteering Ireland.  Áine stepped into this position over 15 years ago and was a constant in the ever changing and evolving development and administration of orienteering in Ireland during this time.  We thank you Áine for the incredible contribution you have made to Orienteering Ireland, your dedication and professionalism was second to none.

Aine Joyce is presented with flowers by Orienteering Ireland Chairperson Paul O'Sullivan Hourihan, as a thank you for her 15 years of work with Orienteering Ireland

Irish Junior Squad is heading to EYOC 2023

The Irish Junior Squad, with team leaders Dave Masterson and Eoin Browne, are on their way to EYOC 2023. The team consists of –

M16: Gerry Browne, James Hottinger, Liam Casey

M18: Joshua Hoare, Daire O’Brien, Oscar Rowe

W16: Eve Buckley, (W18: missing Emily Rowe due to exams),

They will join the young elite of junior orienteering competing at the European Youth Orienteering Championships in Velingrad, Bulgaria in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains.

We wish them the very best in the competitions.

Follow them on Instagram for photos and updates of their competitions in Bulgaria.


Junior team departing for the European Youth Orienteering Championships 2023

Venla and Jukola Relays

The legendary Venla and Jukola relays in Finland are taking place this weekend 17-18 June.

The 4-leg Venla Relay kicks off Saturday afternoon (14:00 – UTC +1) whilst the 7-leg Jukola Relay starts off in the dark nine hours later.

With more than 18,000 athletes on 3000 teams, this is one of the biggest orienteering events in the world. Truly a spectacle to watch.

Good luck to all the Irish participants. Why not follow them on IOF TV.

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