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 vacancies@orienteering.ie . 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: https://forms.office.com/r/ALfHA8cL1A.

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 Co-ordinators

We are pleased to announce that both Deirdre and Mark will continue in their current roles as Orienteering co-ordinators for Orienteering Ireland for another 12 months.

They have established themselves as a valuable asset to the organisation over the past 12 months.

We look forward to them working with us.

They will continue to report to the General Administrator.

Clubs who think they could benefit from their assistance should direct enquiries and requests to the Aine at osec at o.ie

We thank them for all their work for the last 12 months and look forward to another productive and exciting year for Orienteering Ireland.

Important Announcement

Orienteering Ireland friends,

Aine Joyce has been a constant in the ever changing and evolving development and administration of orienteering in Ireland for the past 15 years. The following is an announcement that she wishes to share with you all.

Some time ago I made the decision to leave my position with Orienteering Ireland within the following two years, earlier this year I decided to bring this forward to the end of 2022. In fact I will leave before Christmas, the exact date is December 16th.

I started this job just less than 15 years ago so it is definitely time for me to move along to something else. I think it is also good timing for the organisation as there are new people in place and the structure of Orienteering Ireland will change in the coming months.

While I am looking forward to the change, I understand that it will mean some disruption in the short term for the organisation. The job has changed significantly over the years, from 3 half days a week to almost full time at the moment, the responsibilities have also changed over the 15 years. I have enjoyed my time doing this job but of course I am not going that far and expect to attend orienteering events regularly in the future. I have certainly enjoyed working with the various members of the Committee over the years.

This is significant for Orienteering Ireland and the entire orienteering community. On behalf of everyone involved with orienteering in Ireland I wish to convey our immense gratitude to Aine on her dedication, professionalism and stewardship over the past years. Her knowledge and experience is without match – a very tough act to follow. But we must. The work has begun to attempt to find someone to fill this vacancy and attempt to make the transition as seamless as possible.

Paul O’Sullivan-Hourihan

Chairperson

Orienteering Ireland.

Orienteering Ireland Strategic Plan 2022-2024

Image shows Strategic Plan being handed to Sport Ireland personnel
The Chairperson of Orienteering Ireland, Paul O’Sullivan-Hourihan handing a copy of the Strategic Plan to Sport Ireland NGB Unit.

Every Three years our Strategic Plan is revised. 2022 is the start of that 3 year cycle. The full plan is available at https://www.orienteering.ie/about-us/documents/

This Strategic Plan presents the vision, objectives, and strategies of Orienteering Ireland  from 2022 to 2024. The organisation’s primary aim during this period is to continue to grow the sport of orienteering in Ireland. OI looks forward to the challenge of building on the successes of the previous Strategic Plan and plans to strengthen those areas where shortcomings have been identified.

This will be a period of change for the organisation, moving from an Association with a heavy reliance on volunteers to a CLG with a number of paid contractors. The priority of Orienteering Ireland is to promote the sport of orienteering as an activity that can be enjoyed by all and to provide the club network with a support infrastructure to enable safe holding of events on a regular schedule.

IOC2022 – The deferral of a seeded start list for Elite categories.

Due to the lack of orienteering activity and relevant competition over the past two years it has not been possible to develop a credible seeded list for the elite categories. This impacts M/W21,20,18. Following discussion with both the High Performance manager and the Junior Affairs officer it has been decided to not have seeded start lists for this year. Instead the Elite start blocks will be determined by lottery. This lottery will be organised and overseen by the Organisers. All other aspects of start list requirements per Orienteering Ireland rules will apply. The organising committee for IOC22 are in agreement with this proposal. It is intended to have a return to an Elite seeded start list for IOC2023.

Paul O’Sullivan-Hourihan

Controller of Technical Standards

Covid 19 and Orienteering update

Following the significant change in Covid19 restrictions last month, Orienteering Ireland have the following updates for Clubs and Orienteers.

Code of Conduct, Covid Declaration or Event Guidelines

The Participant Code of Conduct, Covid Declaration and Event Guidelines are no longer required. We all know it is still important to be mindful of our behaviour, and the advice is still to observe HSE guidelines with regard to Covid19. Be respectful of others who may wish to be more careful.

The pre-entry system will be updated to take these changes into account but be patient about when it will happen.

Return of refreshments, prizegiving, displayed results

We can all look forward to the return of refreshments, prizegiving and post-event socialisation.

Event  pre-entry.

The pre-entry system was introduced for Covid reasons many months ago. It was a big change in our normal habit of turning up on the day of an event.

There are a lot of advantages to continuing the pre-entry system. It is certainly appreciated by the club treasurer, results person and the start team. But, it is up to each club to decide if they want their event to use the Orienteering Ireland pre-entry system.

For the moment the transaction fees are covered by Orienteering Ireland. This may not continue indefinitely; it will be reviewed at the end of August.

Many clubs who do use the pre-entry system also have a small number of Entry on the Day maps. Clubs can decide themselves how they want to charge for such entries or even if they want such an entry.

Una May – New CEO of Sport Ireland

Una Orienteering

Una May (Dr.) has been announced as the new CEO of Sport Ireland. She replaces John Treacy who retired this year. Una and her family are members of 3Roc Orienteering Club. She is a former Irish Champion (W21E) and she has represented Ireland internationally in Orienteering. Congratulations to Una from all in Orienteering Ireland.

Veteran Home Internationals this weekend

 The VHI orienteering competition is this weekend in the Southeast of England.

The team is listed below, best of luck to them all.

  • M35 Rob McEvoy
  • M40 Glen Richardson, Valdas Tilunas
  • M45 Philip Johnston Davis, Marcus Pinker
  • M50 Terence Hoare, Angus Tyner
  • M55 Stephen Gilmore, Billy Reed
  • M60 Michael Burton, Val Jones
  • M65 John McCullough
  • W40 Fionne Austin, Toni O’Donovan
  • W45 Sharon Dickenson
  • W50 Caroline Murray
  • W55 Heather Cairns, Julie Cleary
  • W60 Ann Savage
  • W65 Helen Baxter

For more detail go to Veterans Running for Ireland – NI Orienteering Association

Orienteering in Ireland
  • Orienteering Ireland, c/o 58
    Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9, Ireland
  • fixtures@orienteering.ie
  • info@orienteering.ie