MapRun Webinar – 23rd March

Join us for a Zoom Webinar to talk through MapRun.

We will be discussing how to get the most out of MapRun as a user and also as an event organiser, either from a Club or LSP perspective.

This webinar is aimed at all levels, beginners to avid users!

Other topics include:

  • How to run a MapRun Event.
  • Implications of using MapRun for an event.
  • Differences between planning and organising a MapRun event and ‘normal’ event.
  • How MapRun can be used to bring in newcomers.

Questions and discussions are very welcome

Please register for the webinar below.

Willie Cunningham Memorial Event

Following the very successful 50th anniversary event held in Kilfinane recently, Bishopstown Orienteering club handed over a cheque to Marymount Hospice. 

The cheque for €1000 was the very generous proceeds of the collection held in conjunction with the event. 

We were overwhelmed with the generosity of all those who contributed to this amount.

On the day of the event and the presentation we were joined by members of Willie Cunningham’s family. 

For BOC it was important to mark the contribution of Willie to Orienteering in Ireland. 

All of the information, sketches, articles and maps from Willie have been added to the Irish Orienteering History page

Cheque presentation to Marymount Hospice. Michael Wall, Esther Wall, Deirdre Haughey, Billy Emery volunteer with Marymount , Sean Cotter, Paul O’S-Hourihan, Liam and Maia.
Cheque presentation to Marymount Hospice.
Michael Wall, Esther Wall, Deirdre Haughey, Billy Emery- Marymount volunteer, Sean Cotter, Paul O’S-Hourihan.
Liam & Maia.
Orienteering course on original Kilfinane orienteering map from 1972 to celebrate 50th anniversary.
Area surveyed (Scale 6 inches = 1 mile) and drawn by Willie Cunningham and original courses planned by him.

‘Tis the season.. – Festive Events

There are 2 easy festive-themed events on this weekend. The first is night orienteering around Suburban Rathfarnham, followed by refreshments in the Yellow House. The second is a ‘Turkey Trot’ in Tyrrelstown. Both events are suitable for novices although under-16 should be accompanied for the night orienteering..

Saturday 10th December, 6pm – Night “Chrimb-O” in Rathfarnham:

  • Under 16s should be accompanied
  • Courses are straightforward, with the emphasis being on the meeting up in the pub after to discuss maps and meet people. Newcomers are particularly welcome.
  • you don’t have to be in a club to take part
  • you can go in pairs, groups or individually
  • More details and entry before Thursday night on:

Sunday 11th December, 11am – Turkey Trot in Tyrrelstown:

  • Straightforward navigation, suitable for beginners and juniors (under 10/novice juniors accompanied, over 12 with some experience alone)
  • you don’t have to be in a club to take part
  • you can go in pairs, groups or individually
  • More details and entry before Friday night on:

There will be other festive events across the country later in the month including Pine Forest with 3ROC on St Stephen’s Day so keep your eyes on the fixture list!

See you there for Mince pies!

Senior Home Internationals 2022

The SHI is taking place over the weekend in England. Relays are on Saturday near Guildford and the individual race is on a new map in the New Forest on Sunday. 

Best of luck to all the team!

Team is as follows.


 Dan Earnshaw

 Eoin Simpson (relay only)


 Ellie Simpson (relay only) 


 Aidan McCullough

 Conor Short

 Darren Burke

 Laurence Quinn

 Paul Pruzina

 Ruairi Short


 Niamh Corbett

 Róisin Long

 Toni O’Donovan

Keep an eye on our social media pages for updates.

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Fuelling & Hydration Webinar Registration

Oct 20th 7pm to 8pm

Jens Waechter has brilliantly set up a Webinar with Precision Hydration to have a chat about Fuelling and Hydration, this chat is aimed at the Elite Team but is open to everyone and we are sure there is something everyone can take away.

Precision hydration helps some of the best athletes to nail their fuelling and hydration. The team is made up of sports scientists developing a simple and effective way to help athletes understand and manage their individual hydration needs. 

It would be great if everyone could have at least 3 questions related to sport fuelling to help steer the conversation and tailor the webinar to individual needs.

Sign up below.

Intro to Orienteering – 6 Week Course

A 6-week structured coaching program that will give new participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to tackle any orienteering course.


This course will take place over a 6 week period, starting Sunday 4th September and running weekly (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Sept and 2nd, 9th Oct). Each session will begin at 11am and run for approx. 2 hours

The course will contain a mix of 4 club events including coaching beforehand and 2 sessions of specific coaching to refine your skills!

The course will be at a different location each week, including Newbridge House, Ardgillan Demesne, Malahide Castle, Poppintree Park, Bray Head and St Anne’s Park.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for first time and beginner orienteers looking to build confidence and navigation skills. This course is suitable for walkers, joggers, or competitive runners.

Note: this course is for Over 18s only

What will I learn?

By attending this 6 week program you will learn all the skills necessary to be able to comfortably complete an orienteering course by yourself. These skills include:

  • Orientating the map.
  • Recognising and identifying features on an orienteering map.
  • Recognising simple contour features.
  • Understanding the colour system used on orienteering maps.
  • Understanding scale and distance between features on the map.
  • How to use the MapRun app and orienteer in your own time.

As well as many other skills to enable you to successfully navigate a cross-country orienteering course.


The fee for the course is €79 and covers experienced coaching from qualified instructors, entry to 4 orienteering events, gear rental and maps.

Book your spot here!

If you know anyone that may be interested please share the link!

Email with any questions.

Victory at the Italian North West Cup

Caroline Murray (BOC) won an emphatic victory (two firsts and a forth) in some very hot conditions over the three days. Sprint, Middle and Long Distance. Well done Caroline!

For anyone that isn’t familiar with the competition it is a 3-day orienteering event in the heart of the Olympic mountains in Italy, and if you are interested in having a look at the maps, results and GPS tracks you can find them here and search for NWC 2022.

Honourable mention also goes to Joshua Hoare who came 5th in M18 and Terence Hoare was 8th in the M50 class, very impressive results all round.

June 18th/19th: Orienteering Instructor Level 1

Dates for the next Level 1 Instructor Course are 18th – 19th June (Saturday and Sunday)

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 or Red 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.

Book your place

Here is the link for the instructor training course on Eventbrite:

More info can be found on the Orienteering Education page here:

Tollymore Festival of Orienteering

You are warmly invited to the Tollymore Festival of Orienteering 2022.

The festival is now in its 13th year and is recognised across the island of Ireland as being a true celebration of our sport and community. The Tollymore Festival of O is about bringing the people of our sport together to connect, reconnect, enjoy the craic and, of course, enjoy quality orienteering!

For 2022, LVO have an exciting weekend of orienteering and activities based in the Newcastle area with camping and Barbeque at Tollymore Forest Park. The events and activities will take us beyond our base camp, we even have two brand new maps for you to explore!

Everyone is welcome to attend, from any club, anywhere.

Schedule of Activities


Friday 24th June 2022 Urban orienteering at Dundrum, Co.Down

This is the first event to be staged on a new map of Dundrum village with its splendid scenery of Dundrum Bay with the Mourne Mountains as a backdrop. More information and to enter click here.

Saturday 25th June 2022 NIOA Colour Series, Castlewellan Forest Park

We return to Castlewellan with a new map.  The addition of additional mountain bike trails, felling and changes in undergrowth meant that it has been a few years since we were able to host larger orienteering events in the forest. For more information and to enter  click here.

Sunday 26th June 2022 – Score, Tollymore

The Sunday morning sees a fun score event adjacent to the campsite at Tollymore, free to enter. There will also be a separate fun event for younger juniors (white/yellow standard). More information and to enter  click here.


If you want even more of an orienteering fix, then there are also three MapRun6 courses available in Newcastle, two linear courses of orange standard and a Scatter Course (like a score but without a time limit), for details see:


Camping is available in the Tollymore Forest family camping field from Friday through to Sunday at a reduced cost of £7 per adult with under 16s free when accompanied by an adult.

Toilet and shower facilities are adjacent to the campsite.


The Barbeque will be at 18:00 on Saturday and will be provided by The Mulberry Tree. Please indicate on SI Entries your preference for meat or vegetarian. We encourage you  to bring your own cups, plates and cutlery to reduce single use plastic.

Barbeque costs £14 for adult and £7 for juniors under 12.


There will be a Boules knock out tournament – if you have a set of boules please bring them with you and we can run several matches at the same time.

Booking and Entry

Booking for the BBQ and Camping are available by clicking the Enter Online button below. If you are just attending the Social then select “Social Only” at the bottom of the course list on the first page. You do not need to enter the event. If you are entering NICS4 event as well then you can select a course first then add any number of camping and/or BBQ tickets at the end of your entry.

Link to enter Dundrum Urban


Tollymore Forest Park
BT33 0PW

Hope to see you there!

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