AGM 2024

As we all prepare for IOC 2024, we would also like to invite our members to our AGM at the Hodson Bay Hotel. This will take place at 5.30pm on Sunday 05 May 2024 (after the Classic Event at Slieve Bawn). Further information and reports can be found on our AGM page here.

Mac Tíre Award

Nominations for the Orienteering Ireland Mac Tire award are invited from our membership and clubs. This awarded to an OI member for their work in developing our sport. Some examples are; creating a new map, a new technology, bringing the sport to a new part of the country, introducing a new group to the sport, revitalising a neglected area of the sport, enhancing the social aspect of the sport, staging a major event etc, but group nominations are not encouraged.

Nominations outlining why a person should be considered for this award should be sent to before 25-Mar-2024


Entries for IOC2024 have now been opened and further event information has been added to our IOC website. We hope to see you in May as we explore the fabulous Maynooth University Campus and the lands around the shores of historic Lough Ree!

We’re Hiring!

Regional Development Officer (Greater Dublin)

Hi to you all,

Orienteering Ireland are delighted to announce that we are in a position to hire a Regional Development Officer for the Greater Dublin area. If there is someone in your club who might be interested in applying for this role, we would love to hear from them. The Role Description is attached and any queries can be sent to

The role description is available here and contains information on the role:

Irish Orienteering Championships 2024

The Western Eagles & SOLAR Orienteering Clubs are happy to announce that the preliminary information for IOC2024 is now live on our website IOC2024 ( IOC2024 will take around Lough Ree in the heart of Ireland from 03 to 06 May 2024, with our Event Centre located in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Co Roscommon. More information will be released on our website and social channels over the coming weeks and months!

Come join us in 2024 to explore Ireland’s heartland!

IOC 2023

I would like to send out a huge congratulations to all of you who travelled to Wicklow last weekend, and on behalf of Orienteering Ireland, I hope that you had a thoroughly enjoyable time. I would like to extend a special thank you to CNOC who provided fantastic courses and event facilities during the four days. It was also great to see so many orienteers travelling to Wicklow from abroad, we hope that you had a great stay in the east of Ireland. This week the Emerald Isle Festival continues with our colleagues in NIOA, with events including the British Sprint & Middle Championships taking place across Northern Ireland. Congratulations to all our winners across the fours days, and we hope to see you all for IOC 2024 in the Midlands next year!

Paul O’Sullivan-Hourihan,
Chairperson, Orienteering Ireland

Mac Tire Award 2022

Hi to you all,

As we prepare for our AGM, we are gathering nominations for our annual Mac Tire Award. This award is awarded in recognition of the development of our sport. Some examples are: a new map; a new technology; bringing orienteering to a new part of the country; introducing a new group to the sport; revitalising a neglected area of the sport; enhancing the social aspects of the sport, staging a major event.

Nominees are now sought for this award, which will be presented at the Orienteering Ireland AGM on 30th April 2023 in Lynhams of Laragh, during the Irish Orienteering Championships. 

Please send all nominations to: by Friday 27th of March 2023.


  • Once five years have passed a person is again eligible to win an award that they have won before.
  • Serving Orienteering Ireland committee members cannot receive the Mac Tire Award.


  • Must be from an Orienteering Ireland affiliated club, or from a member of an Orienteering Ireland affiliated club. They do not need to be seconded.
  • Must contain a short description of why the nominee should receive the award – typically this will be two or three sentences.
  • Should indicate if the person was nominated unsuccessfully in a previous year.
  • Must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Should be for an individual – group nominations are discouraged.
  • Will be published on in advance of the award ceremony.
  • Cannot be from a current judge or from a current member of the Orienteering Ireland Executive committee.

We will post this to the forum and on Social Media, but would appreciate you letting your club members know also,

All the best,


Eileen Young winner of the MacTire Award being presented the trophy by outgoing chairperson Mary O'Connell

Winner of the MacTire Award 2021 – Eileen Young, being presented with the trophy by chairperson Mary O’Connell at the 2022 AGM

Job Vacancy at Orienteering Ireland

Orienteering Ireland are looking to recruit a General Administrator. We are looking for an energetic and diligent General Administrator to support the organisation’s continuing growth. The successful candidate will be able to put their stamp on an ambitious sporting body, supporting important projects and ensuring the sound governance of Orienteering Ireland.

The Job Specification is below. Deadline for Applications is 12:00 noon on Monday 14th November 2022. Please send a cover letter and CV outlining your suitability for the role to . Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 21st November 2022.

IOF Transgender Survey

In November 2021, the IOC published the IOC Framework on Fairness, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations.
This requires IOF to review the IOF Transgender Policy. The IOF Council decided this summer to start this process and has appointed a working group with expertise in this area.  

The IOF is now consulting on a new Transgender Policy though a short surveyThis survey is Phase 1, and will be used to inform the drafting of a new policy. We would be grateful if you would complete the following survey:

The survey is an open survey, and it is both possible to respond as an individual and on behalf of a group (i.e. a Federation).

Deadline: October 31, 2022.

Orienteer like it is 1971 !

Bishopstown Orienteering Club will be holding a commemorative event in Thomastown wood, Kilfinane, Co Limerick on Monday 31st October 2022. It was hoped to have held it last year to mark the 50th anniversary of the first ever Orienteering event in this area. Unfortunately due to the pandemic restrictions last year it was not possible to hold the event as intended

The original event was Organised and planned by Willie Cunningham for the Kilfinane Development Association. Earlier this year Willie Cunningham passed away. Before he did he shared some old documents from those early years.

In memory of Willie and to mark that original occasion BOC will hold a once off event.

Details on entry, courses etc are at the link below. The event is free of charge, but you should pre-enter.

In the meantime have a look at some of those shared documents – you may even recognise some names. Irish Orienteering History

Orienteering in Ireland
  • Orienteering Ireland
    Irish Sport HQ
    D15 DY62