History of Orienteering Article

While scanning old copies of the LOC (Leinster Orienteering Clubs) Newsletter I noticed this article from September 1979. Aubrey Flegg writes about one of the first orienteering events ever held in Ireland (Devils Glen 1969). I particularly liked the use of H Williams supermarket bags as Control Kites !!! Have a read.

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Event Management Seminar

Date: Dec 1st (Saturday) Venue: Bewleys at Newlands Cross Time: 9.30 to 5

This seminar will cover the essential technical and administrative requirements for running a major orienteering event such as a national or regional championships, although the principles involved will apply to any orienteering event on the IOA fixtures calendar. The event will be jointly hosted by the IOA Technical and Mapping Officers. It will draw on the valuable experience gained and lessons learned from some recent major events and mapping projects. The day will take the format of a number of presentations and demonstrations, where practicable, with a high degree of participant interaction expected.

The subsidised cost of the course is E20 that includes the cost of lunch and light breakfast. It is being held at Bewleys Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin and will run from 9.30am to 5.00pm. To book a place you should send a cheque to Aine Joyce, Irish Orienteering Association, 2nd Floor, 13 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, or you can e-mail her at osec@orienteering.ie. The course is limited to 25 participants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Brian Power – Mapping Officer Harold White – Controller of Technical Standards


New Chairperson

A new Chairperson, Mary O’Connell of 3Roc, has joined the IOA Executive Committee.

New Award

Some of you may be aware of a new award that was given this year. It is the Spirit of Orienteering award.It was presented at the IOC to Liam O’Brien of Cork Schools Orienteering Association.

Details and a picture are at;

International Orienteering Events

MTBO World Cup and World Masters

The following bulletins are now available on the IOF website:

Slavonija & Baranja Open 2013, Croatia, Feb 2013

Dear friends, We are inviting you to our new O-destination which brings a whole new experience! Come and enjoy in our beautifull nature,open forrests and diverse landscape. Run on fortresses that were conquered by the Turks, orient yourselves through open catacombs! The event will last 2 days long and will take place in Osijek and Našice. Inexhaustible source of material for enjoying in the orientation now revealed for you! Best regards, Nikola Pajčin, CEO of the SiBOpen organization.


World Masters

World Masters Orienteering Championships 2013 in Sestriere, Italy

Updated bulletin 1 (replaces all previous versions) – http://orienteering.org/events/?event_id=350

World Masters Orienteering Championships 2013 in Sestriere, Italy (part of the World Masters Games 2013 in Turin) Bulletin 1 –



Feel the Magic of the North!

We are pleased to invite you to visit our mysterious country “up in the north”.In summer 2013 OL-club Lynx organize a 6-days overland tour (July 1-6) in Finland from capital Helsinki to tiny town of Sotkamo, which hosts World Orienteering Championships 2013. This O-Tour-Finland will finish to WOC2013 events and there you can participate spectator races at enjoyable terrains and support your national team for medals!

Our main idea is to show you best parts of our country and to provide you unforgettable memories to be brought home. During the tour we shall enjoy unspoiled nature, visit interesting companies, get familiar with Finnish cuisine, travel by different means of transport and take a look at Finnish summer festivals (some of them are quite strange .Travelling together with other OL-minded people around the world, will not only give you more new friends, but also guarantees fun! Along the route we are of course also happy to provide you taste of different OL-experiences in Finland with short specially tailored events.

If you feel this is not enough, why not to visit Russia before or after the tour. Russian city of Saint Petersburg, with its rich cultural heritages, is easily accessible from Helsinki (just 3,5hrs by train). We are pleased to assist you with other travel arrangements as well. More information about O-Tour-Finland 2013 you can find atwww.o-tour-finland.fi and from brochure attached. Book early to benefit discounted rates!

After our 6-days tour, we believe you are ready to concentrate for orienteering challenges at WOC2013 spectators events, and to support your own national team for medals!

You are cordially welcome. Let’s make together summer 2013 something special!

Orienteering Club Lynx, O-Tour-Finland organizing committee Simo Sukselainen (Secretary) e-mail: info@o-tour-finland.fi tel. +358 45 6797940

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EYOC 2011 – Czech Republic

The Irish EYOC team has left for Czech Republic and Jindřichův Hradec.  They will spend a few days training on relevant maps and terrain before the competition starts up on Friday 24th with the Sprint.  On Saturday they will run the Classic and the Relays are on Sunday.
There are 340 competitors entered from 30 countries – among them 7 Irish runners.  They are:
M18 Eoin McCullough, Laurence Quinn, Mark Stephens
M16 Harry Millar, Jonathan Quinn
W16 Niamh Corbett, Cliona McCullough.
Team Leaders are Greg McCann & Brenda Hynes.
Information and results will be on the EYOC website http://eyoc2011.cz/

Successful Irish Schools Champs

Midleton CBS took all three titles in the boys’ categories in the Irish Post Primary Schools Orienteering Championships, which were held in Donadea Forest Park, Co. Kildare, while local girl, Deirdre Ni Riain (Gaelscoil Chill Dara), easily retained her title, finishing over 7 mins clear of her next rival. A big thanks to Mary Healy and all her helpers for organising the event. Thank you to the IOA who presented 2 Perpetual plates for the Senior Boys (Midleton CBS) and Senior Girls (Newtown, Waterford).

1st Yr Girls, 2.3k 1. Caoimhe O’Boyle (Newbridge College) 21:14; 2. Elizabeth Halloran (St Marys Secondary Mallow) 25:32; 3. Carrie Mullane(Newtown School Waterford) 25:58.

1st Yr Boys, 3.2k 1. Daire Crotty (Midleton CBS) 24:33; 2. Jack Delaney (Midleton CBS) 24:41; 3. Robert Byrne (Nagle Rice Doneraile) 26:24.

2nd/3rd Yr Girls 3.2k 1. Sinead O’Reilly(St Marys Secondary Mallow) 23:46; 2. Aoife Nic an Mhanaigh (Colaiste Iosagain) 27:25; 3. Colleen Halloran (St Marys Secondary Mallow) 31:37.

2nd/3rd Yr Boys, 4.2k 1. Darragh Lane (Midleton CBS) 34:28; 2. John Egan (Rockbrook Park) 36:31; 3. Chris Pollard (Rockbrook Park) 37:26.

Post Junior Cert Girls, 3.8k 1 Deirdre Ryan (Gaelcholaiste Chill Dara) 35:11; 2 Nichola Fennell (Newtown School Waterford) 42:33; 3 Olivia Chambers (Newtown School Waterford) 43:20.

Post Junior Cert Boys, 5.3k 1 James Griffin (Midleton CBS) 40:22; 2 Leslie Coughlan (Midleton CBS) 40:37; 3 Brian Hill (Patrician Secondary Newbridge) 42:33
1st team: Midleton CBS; 2nd team: Newtown, Waterford

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