Planner’s Course – November 2022

The second Planner’s Course online workshop takes place this November, starting on Monday 7th November. All clubs have previously been notified of the dates.

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

4 online weekly Monday sessions – 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November 2022

19:00 – 21:00 via Zoom

Registration details

Social Media Workshop for Orienteering Clubs.

In today’s world it is very important that clubs use social media to advertise and promote their orienteering activities.

For this purpose Orienteering Ireland is running a 1.5 hour social media workshop on:

Thursday 27th October 7:30pm – 9pm.

Mark Stephens will look at social media talk, covering posts, stories, reels, when best to use each feature, and their differences.

The workshop will also look at Canva, and how to put text together with images.

Clubs attending should have set up an Instagram account and Facebook page beforehand.

Ideally each club will have a minimum of one person attending, who will be happy to take on the role of the club’s social media accounts.

The registration form below gives you the opportunity to ask questions in advance of the workshop.

Upcoming Safeguarding 1 workshops

Orienteering Ireland is organsing two online Safeguarding 1 workshops.

Wednesday 28th September 6.30 – 9.30pm

Thursday 13th October 6.30 – 9.30pm   

Safeguarding 1 – Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Workshop is for everyone involved in children and young people’s sport.

The Safeguarding 1 workshop educates participants on the implementation of best practice in safeguarding the welfare of children involved in sport.

Safeguarding 1 is required for those working with, or who have interaction with young people in sport. It is also suitable for those involved in the planning / administration of activities or events involving young people.

It is recommended that coaches, committee members, children’s officers, designated liaison persons and parents attend this training.

The training is valid for 3 years, and is recognised across National Governing Bodies of Sport in the Republic of Ireland.

Junior Home International Team announced

The junior team selectors (Ruth Lynam, Mike Long, Steph Pruzina and Darren Burke) met during the week, and have selected the following athletes to represent Ireland in this year’s Ward Junior Home International Orienteering Competition, to be held near Aviemore in Scotland on October 8th and 9th 2022.


  • Daire O’Brien
  • Dan Murphy
  • Josh Hoare
  • Oliver O’Kane


  • Clodagh O’Donnell
  • Emily Rowe
  • Maya Buckley


  • Cian O’Donnell
  • Gerry Browne
  • James Hottinger
  • Oscar Rowe


  • Anastasia Maglich
  • Chloe Grattan
  • Eve Buckley
  • Orla Church


  • Fionn Buckley
  • Hamish Church
  • Liam Casey
  • Liam O’Donnell


  • Ellie Simpson
  • Fionnuala Rowe
  • Niamh Browne
  • Sadhbh Hassett

Congratulations to those who were selected.

The team will be accompanied to the event by Stephanie Pruzina, David Masterson, and several other parents (that’s a lot of juniors to get to Scotland!)

HER Outdoors Week 2022

Orienteering Ireland and its clubs, in collaboration with a number of the local sports partnerships around the country, are hosting a series of orienteering events during Her Outdoors Week 8 – 14th August 2022, with many of the events being run in conjunction with the MapRun6 app.

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.

With a number of Orienteering Ireland instructors and three clubs (SEVO, Fingal, SOLAR) running these events, the orienteering community will be well represented around the country during Her Outdoors Week.

Castleblaney/Lough MucknoMonaghan Sports Partnership8th Aug
18:00 – 19:30
Tralee Town ParkKerry Recreation and Sports Partnership9th Aug
14:00 – 15:00
Bushy ParkDublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership9th Aug
10:30 – 14:30
Belmont DemesneWicklow Sport and Recreation Partnership10th Aug
17:00 – 19:00
Tramore Valley ParkCork Sports Partnership10th Aug
17:15 – 19:15
Cleveragh ParkSligo Sports Partnership / SOLAR10th Aug
18:00 – 19:00
Mungret ParkLimerick Sports Partnership11th Aug
10:00 – 13:00
Duncannon Beach and townSports Active Wexford / SEVO11th Aug
18:00 – 19:00
Millenium ParkFingal County Council Sports Office / Fingal Orienteers11th Aug
11:00 – 13:00

A successful Her Outdoors grant investment application was put towards the development of MapRun information boards and resources. These will be displayed during the Her Outdoors orienteering events and can be used for future MapRun events and activities to help promote this orienteering resource.

Go All Out – inclusive outdoors week

Cara – Sport Inclusion Ireland held its inaugural Go all Out week last week and Orienteering Ireland was delighted to have been part of it.

We hosted a MapRun event at Mungret Inclusion Park in Limerick, in conjunction with Limerick Sports Partnership, where we welcomed participants from a variety of disability service providers.

Fingal Orienteering Club, in conjunction with Fingal County Council sport office, faciliated an event in Millennium Park that included MapRun, where some of the attending leaders also had the opportunity to lean basic orienteering skills.

SEVO, in conjunction with Waterford Sports Partnership, ran activities in the People’s Park and Dungarvan Town Park, for a range of participants from various disability service groups.

The aim of the Go All Out week was to create awareness among outdoor service providers and professionals, people with disabilities, their families/carers and disability services on the benefits of regular exercise, healthy lifestyles and opportunities to participate within the local community outdoors.

Go All Out also aimed to increase awareness and build the capacity of service providers in the
outdoors providing accessible and inclusive programmes within their local community.

JWOC 2022-Part 1: final report

So JWOC 2022 part 1 is over. Everyone had great fun and enjoyed the challenges, the weather, forest race cancellations and the social aspect.
Part one ended with a great party last night and everyone is making their way back to Ireland.
Almost all runners will be heading to the O-Ringen next week. We will meet our newly made friends from all over the world again. It was a bit of a weird feeling to say goodbye and ” see you soon at O-Ringen” in one sentence.
We finished the last day on a high doing some sprint-O, with a mass start for the boys.
We are all looking forward to running the forest races at the begining of November 2022 and to close out JWOC 2022.
As the coach said, Ireland has some unfurnished business!
So let the saga continue and we hope we can count on everyone’s support to get us there.

Until then
Coach Jens

JWOC Friday update

The last day of JWOC part 1 promised to be spectacular. The men’s relay started first with Eoghan, Darragh and Liam. Followed an hour later by the girls with Aoife, Cliodhna and Netta (Israel). This was a mixed Irish/Israeli team.
Temperatures were again in their mid to high 30s. Humidity at 10%. The course for both were equally long with 4.3km and 110m climb.
About 40% through the race, the runners came through the arena passage and you could see they were fighting hard. Whoever could handle the heat today was in for a great race. Eoghan and Darragh, having been sick the past few days, were happy to be back in action, although unfortunately not to their usual standard. Liam had a great race in the hottest part of the race. They all showed great team spirit.
The girls equally gave it their all, with even tougher conditions, starting over an hour later than the men’s race and enduring quarantine for the entire pre race period. Netta was our anchor and did an awesome job to bring it all home.
Saturday will see the team doing some more sprint training before relaxing for the afternoon and packing. We will join all teams then for the world famous JWOC party before making our way home on Sunday morning.

JWOC continues

Update from Jens Waechter at JWOC

Check out some great photos from JWOC

As there is severe heat in Portugal, mid to high 30s every day, the government has issued a red alert for forest fires. No forest activities were allowed, hence the JWOC organisation had to scramble to pull off a new event within 48 hours. First ever sprint relay. Aoife, Eoghan, Darragh and Cliodhna made up the team. Eoghan was sick with a tummy issue, so we had to change the order on short notice and Liam replaced Eoghan. Darragh felt sick this morning so we didn’t have a team. The remaining athletes did start none the less to take advantage of the event as training.

On a side note, I am taking part in the JWOC Tour. As the events have changed, my second sprint event was embargoed so as an official I wasn’t aloud to race. With today’s race however I was 4th overall in the ranking and may make the podium in the last race all going well on Friday


JWOC Update

The Junior Team for JWOC have been training in Portugal for a few weeks ahead of the Junior World Orienteering Championships with races starting on Monday 11th July with Sprint races.

Unfortunately the team were set with another challenge pre race when the JWOC organisers were forced to postpone the Forest races due to take place on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week. The high temperatures which hit the region mid week last week (35C plus and still increasing) have increased the risk of forest wildfires and the Government placed a ban on entry to forests for the week of JWOC. Wildfires have been taking place further South in the country.

Despite the news our team, who’s training and focus has been predominantly forest based both here and at home, showed great resilience given the disappointment. We hope to hear some news later in the week of plans for a rerun of the Forest races later in the year.

The JWOC organisers in Portugal, together with IOF officials have been working extraordinarily hard to arrange alternatives. So tomorrow, Wednesday we will experience the first ever JWOC Sprint Relay. The race will be held in the same ancient village of Carapito with it’s winding alleyways, cobbled streets and disorderly buildings as the Sprint race on Monday. I’m sure the organisers will throw some more challenging courses at the athletes testing their map reading and fitness levels to the extreme.

If you’d like to follow the athletes in their race tomorrow , the links can be found here.

You can follow the team on Orienteering Ireland Social media and a post race analysis here following the events.

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