Sport Development Conference 2024

The Operations Team travelled to Dublin this week to attend the annual Sport Development Conference.

With over 270 Development Officers representing 75 sporting organisations, it was Sport Ireland’s largest Sport Development Conference yet.

The conference is a fantastic networking opportunity for the NGBs and LSPs, and it enables Orienteering Ireland to meet the LSP team members face to face and link in with them for ongoing and future projects.

The Sport Ireland team had brought together some fascinating storytellers who shared their personal stories and the impact they are making through sport.

There was a great selection of breakout sessions, interspersed with fun physical interaction to keep us engaged. Breakout sessions topics included the HerMoves programme for teenage girls, Young Voices in Sport toolkit, diversity and inclusion in sport, owning your career, Get Ireland Active, insights from NGB and LSP led research, and the latest research insight to innovative practices.

There was also an amazing illustrator each day who summed up the conference content on one board. The images below give you a feel for what it was all about.

IOF Fair Play E-learning course

How should you act if you know the terrain before a race, meet an injured runner in the forest or are asked for directions?

These are some of the topics covered in the new basic Fair Play course, that has just become available on IOF’s E-learning platform.

The course consists of 14 different lessons with text and video clips – all with a short quiz at the end. It is a great opportunity to update your knowledge on key fair play issues before, during, and after a race.

It is strongly recommended for youths and juniors with ambitions of participating in international events

IOF’s Fair Play project has prepared the course that is available and free to everyone.

Go to IOF’s E-learning platform here

International Orienteering Federation IOF logo

South West League

The new South West League is a replacement for the old Munster League.  The big plus is that it reduces distances to events and takes advantage of the improved N22 road network.  The league has been established by the Cork and Kerry orienteering clubs and is designed to encourage members to travel to the events in neighbouring counties. 

While the South West League primarily targets members from Bishopstown Orienteering Club (BOC); Cork Orienteering Club (CorkO) and Kerry Orienteers (KerryO), members of the public and the wider orienteering fraternity are also encouraged to participate in the league.

There are 7 events in the South West League for 2024 spread over the calendar year and listed in the table below. An individual’s four best results go to count in the overall South West League results.  The seven events will be located in Cork and Kerry and are scheduled for Sundays with a starting time of 11:00.

All events will have six colour courses to suit all abilities and age ranges. These colour courses are Brown, Blue, Green, Light Green, Red, Orange.  On occasions Yellow or other colour courses such as White, Short Green, Black may be added by the organising club, but these additional courses on the day will not form part of the South West League.  Check with Orienteering Ireland to ascertain the guidelines and suitability of each of the colour courses, which are currently being revised by the organisation.

Scoring and prizes

The scoring system algorithm is automated on the leagues webpage. It is based on the average times of finishers on each course. The average is given 1000 points with faster runners getting more points and slower runners getting less. The number of events to count for places depends on the number of events in the league. If there are 7 events in the league the best 4 will count for scoring.

Prizes are awarded to the first female and first male competitors on each course. following age categories.  Only  members of the three clubs promoting the South West League are eligible for prizes on each course. Note this is just for prizes. 

Anyone is free to run any course, all welcome.

2024 South West League Fixtures

1: Sunday March 3rd      Ballydrehid, Cahir          (CorkO)
2: Sunday April 28th    Glenabo Woods, Fermoy        (BOC)
3: Sunday May 19th      Ross Island, Killarney      (KerryO)
4: Date TBC              Warrenscourt Wood, Lissarda (BOC)
5: Sunday October 4th  Venue TBC                    (CorkO)
6: Sunday November 17th Upper Torc, Muckross        (KerryO)
7: Sunday December 12th Kilworth TBC                (DFO)

South West League results table 2024

Orienteering Ireland Club Conference

The Orienteering Ireland Executive Committee would like to invite our orienteering clubs to send a delegation to our Club Conference which will be held in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise on 09 March 2024.

Orienteering Ireland has begun the transition to a Type B sporting organisation and this is giving us the opportunity to discuss what the needs of our clubs and the sport are, and how these will impact our strategy and actions going forward. The conference will cover the following topics for open discussion and debate.

  • Fixtures
  • Membership
  • Local Sports Partnerships and available grants
  • Irish Orienteering Championships

If your club would like to have their say in the future of orienteering in Ireland, please respond using our google form by 21 February 2024.

The conference will commence at 1030 and run until 1600, with refreshments being served. Clubs are invited to nominate a delegation of committee members or prominent members of their club to attend, with a maximum of three per club (to manage numbers).

Upcoming Orienteering Level 1 Instructor Training Course

The next Orienteering Level 1 Instructor Training course will take place at the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Mayo Campus, in Castlebar, on Thursday 29th February and Friday 1st March 2024.

Who should do it?

The course is aimed at candidates who will be introducing beginners to the sport of orienteering and assisting novices to improve their orienteering skills.


  1. Candidates must be at least 18 years old at the time of being assessed for their award.
  2. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to perform the skills and techniques of orienteering skills level 3, as required to navigate a minimum of three orange or red courses.
  3. Have a valid safeguarding 1 certificate.

Course Outcomes

Trainee instructors will be able to:

  • Understand the role of the orienteering instructor.
  • Be able to recall the skills requirements for Levels 1 – 3 of the Orienteering Skills Awards.
  • Teach the skills of orienteering skills level 1.
  • Make use of terrain to assess the suitability of a venue for orienteering.
  • Develop safe operating procedures for orienteering activities at a school, park, or woodland site and carry out a risk assessment for an orienteering venue.
  • Design orienteering courses at technical difficulty 1 – 3.
  • Utilise Purple Pen to design courses and activities suitable for teaching orienteering skills levels 1 – 3.
  • Instruct effectively and provide individualised instruction and feedback.
  • Use session planners for planning & delivering a training session.

For further information and to register please click here.

Orienteering Planner’s Course – Feb/Mar 2024

The next Planner’s Course online workshop starts on Monday 19th February 2024, and continues for 4 weekly sessions.

  • Monday 19th February
  • Monday 26th February
  • Monday 4th March
  • Monday 11th March

This accredited course is a four weekly online interactive workshop aimed at both new and existing planners.

The course is delivered Mondays online via Zoom from 19:00 – 21:00.

Course outcomes

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the planner.
  • Apply the principles of course planning.
  • Be able to plan courses at Technical Difficulty 1-5 for events up to and including league events / competition category 3.
  • Act as an assistant planner at a regional championship event.

Participants should have basic knowledge of Purple Pen planning software.

On successful completion of this 4 week workshop participants will be recognised as an Accredited Orienteering Ireland Planner Level 2.

Registration details

Poster advertising the Planner's Course taking place online for four weeks starting 19th February 2024.

Tramadol included on WADA’s prohibited list for 2024

The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), publishes its Prohibited List annually, taking effect on 1st January each year.

The Prohibited List identifies substances and methods prohibited in sport.

A major change for 2024 is the inclusion of Tramadol to the Prohibited List, and will be banned in competition.

Tramadol is an opioid based pain killer, used to treat severe to moderate pain. It has been on WADA’s monitoring programme, and data gathered through that programme has indicated significant use in sports.

The full Prohibited List can be found here.

For a substance or method to be added to the List, it must be determined that it meets at least two of the following three criteria: 

  1. It has the potential to enhance or enhances sport performance 
  2. It represents an actual or potential health risk to the athletes 
  3. It violates the spirit of sport 

Athletes are solely responsible for all substances they consume and use.

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:

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
Orienteering in Ireland
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