European Orienteering Championships ’23 Application Policy

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EOC & World Cup Round #3 application policy

Senior Elite Squad Updates & Changes

Orienteering sport at the world level is an absolute top sport. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognises the sport that is not (yet) part of the Olympic Games. Inclusion in the Olympic program is one of the declared goals of the International Orienteering Federation (IOF).

World and European championships are held in all four orienteering sports. A world ranking list is kept. There is a World Cup for all orienteering disciplines, an unofficial European Cup is the counterpart to this.

In the dominant orienteering nations are several athletes who train at a professional level and can make a living from their sport, at least temporarily. Paid coaches are standard, not only for the national teams but also for many clubs in these nations.

In addition to the international title fights, the big Scandinavian club relays, such as the Tiomila, the 25-manna in Sweden, or the Jukola and the Venla in Finland, enjoy high prestige.

At international championships and the World Cup live reporting via TV and the Internet is now standard.

Orienteering sport in Ireland is currently far away from such conditions. The Irish athletes are currently not among the best in the world in orienteering sports.

Nevertheless, talented athletes and committed coaches take a lot of time and effort to assert themselves in the best possible way. 

I am delighted to announce a new elite senior squad policy, guidelines, and application process for the competition year 2024.

And here are the soundbites of what’s new:

  • Performance guidelines for athletes/coaches & guidelines for international competition results
  • A new & comprehensive application form for anyone eligible wishing to be part of the senior team for the competition year cycle
  • The application deadline for the senior squad team is October 30 annually.
  • Senior squad team announcement in November annually.
  • An annual publication of the season calendar in November which includes dates for training camps, test races, and relevant national and international competitions

The relevant documents can be downloaded here

Senior Home International 2023 Selection Policy

World University Orienteering Championships 2022

The 2022 World University Championships start today in Switzerland.

Ireland are represented this year by Aoife O’Sullivan (UCD), Clodagh Moran (UCD) & Darragh Hoare (UCC). The team manager is Caroline Murray.

The event can be followed (results/GPS/web tv) at the IOF Live Centre.


Wednesday August 17th – Sprint (watch live)

Thursday August 18th – Long

Friday August 19th – Sprint Relay

Saturday August 20th – Middle (watch live)

Sunday August 21st – Relay

Good luck to the team taking part.

World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2022

This year, after a gap of 7 years, Ireland will again be represented in Mountain Biking at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships which are taking place over the coming days in Falun, Sweden.

Niall McCarthy (BOC) will be taking part in all the individual races.

  • 15/7 Middle Distance
  • 16/7 Relay
  • 17/7 Long Distance
  • 19/7 Sprint
  • 20/7 Mass start

For event updates visit the event website or the IOF’s Live page.

Darren Burke

High Performance Manager

WOC 2022 Kicks Off Sunday

The 1st Sprint World Orienteering Championships starts on Sunday (June 26th) with the Sprint Relay, Tuesday (June 28th) sees the first Knockout Sprint competition at a World Championships, and the championships conclude on Thursday (June 30th) with the Sprint.

In a change to the team selected, we will have a Sprint Relay team with Josh O’Sullivan Hourihan & Colm Moran being joined by Clodagh Moran & Eadaoin McCavana. Kevin O’Boyle will be running the individual races with Josh and Colm.

The races can be followed from the IOF website.

Good luck to those taking part.

WOC 2022 Team Announcement

Congratulations to those selected and my thanks to the selectors for their work.

Darren Burke

High Performance Manager

WOC 2022 Selection Policy

The Orienteering Ireland WOC 2022 Selection Policy has been published:

My thanks to the selectors for their work in preparing the policy.

Darren Burke

High Performance Manager

Junior Home International 2021

The following have been selected to represent Ireland at the Junior Home International which is taking place in England on October 9th and 10th.


Eve Buckley

Ellie Simpson

Fionnuala Rowe

Niamh Browne


Conor Masterson

Eoin O’Donnell

Gerry Browne

Cian Wickham


Rebecca Linton

Emily Rowe

Clodagh O Donnell


Oliver O’Kane

Dan Murphy

Ben Cairns

Josh Hoare


Meadow McCauley

Maya Buckley


Liam Cotter

Cuan Riordan

Eoghan Whelan

Daniel Earnshaw

Congratulations to those selected and best of luck at the JHI.

JWOC 2021 & EYOC 2021 Teams

The teams to represent Ireland at the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) being held in Turkey between September 5th-10th in Turkey and the European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) being held in Lithuania between August 20th-22nd have been selected.


Aidan McCulloughAoife O’Sullivan
Daniel EarnshawRachel Collins
Darragh Hoare
Eoghan Whelan
Liam Cotter
Peter Reed


Daniel EarnshawMeadow McCauley
Eoghan Whelan
Liam Cotter
Dan MurphyEmily Rowe
Daire O’Brien
Oliver O’Kane
Oscar Rowe

Denis Murphy, Brendan O’Brien & Martina Rowe will accompany the EYOC team, with John McCullough & Ber O’Sullivan accompanying the JWOC team.

Congratulations to all those selected.

Junior Selectors:

  • Ruth Lynam
  • Stephanie Pruzina
  • Darren Burke
  • Mike Long
Orienteering in Ireland
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    Irish Sport HQ
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