May News

IOC 2009 A challenging weekend of orienteering faced the competitors at this year’s Irish Championships in Co. Donegal on the May Bank Holiday weekend. Joint organisers Western eagles and CNOC produced maps of three overlapping areas beside Lough Eske, near Donegal Town. Described in advance as being like Inishbofin but with more hills, the runners knew what kind of thing was in store, but the reality was somewhat different. Perhaps
Irish Championships: Well done to the newly crowned Irish junior champions.  Full results are available on the website. Juniors who did the double and won both the middle and classic distance championships were:Niamh Corbett (W14), Andrea Stefkova (W16), Fiona Hill (W18), Kevin O’Boyle (M18) and Katarina Stefkova (W20).   The smallest winning margin was in the M16 class in the classic where only 23 seconds separated Jack Millar from Cillin
Thank you to everyone who supported the junior fundraising quiz at the weekend.   Between the quiz and the raffle, we raised €909 to help fund the junior squad’s extensive competition and training calander. Thanks again!
Maths and orienteering! Leaving Cert. student and Irish junior squad member Alan Lane was part of the winning Midleton CBS team at the national Team Math final in UCC. Alan competed at EYOC, JEC and JHI in 2008 as an M18.  The team was coached by well-known orienteer Liam O’Brien.   You can read an article about the win from the Irish Times here.
Chairman’s Report to the 2009 Irish Orienteering Association Annual General Meeting, Tawnawully, Co. Donegal, May 3rd, 2009 Sometimes in Orienteering we do ourselves a disservice by talking about declining numbers, ageing profiles, land-access issues and difficulties in attracting young people to the sport. These are all real issues, but we need to temper this by also thinking of the many positive things that are happening in Irish Orienteering today. The
Compass Point to sponsor junior table quiz The kind people in Compass Point have donated vouchers worth £120stg to the junior squad.   This will be the first prize in the quiz.   Compass Point is the UK’s largest online orienteering & outdoor equipment shop and have a website where you can shop till you drop at  Thanks also to the Great Outdoors in Dublin for providing many of the spot prizes for the raffle.
Barry Dalby of East West Mapping has produced an excellent new map of the Dublin and North Wicklow Mountains at 1:30,000 scale. The map, published in March, extends from around Sandyford to Ballinastoe on the east side and from Rathcoole to Valleymount on the west, covering the uplands in between. The map, printed on Pretex waterproof paper (now used for many O-maps) has a wealth of detail which would interest
The Irish Senior Orienteering Squad has entered into a three-year contract with Trimtex to supply them with new orienteering gear in advance of August’s World Orienteering Championships in Hungary. After some discussion among team members at the last World Orienteering Championships, it was decided to obtain new O-gear. A primary goal was to ensure that each team member would have a set of top-quality gear. Brendan O’Brien, Director of High
Details for the SE schools relays are as follows: Date and Venue: May 7th at JFK Arboretum, County Wexford. Take standard signs from Rosslare to Wexford road. Format: Relays….teams of 3 individuals except for Primary which will be teams of 4 (two pairs) All legs will be of approximately the same length. Estimated winning time per course is 60 minutes. Age groups: Senior Boys (Forms 4, 5,6) Senior Girls (Forms
The following message was posted by Stephen Doorly from Rockbrook Park school on the egroup. With 230 pupils from 15 Leinster schools the event was a great success. Thanks to Mary Healy and helpers who organised the Leinster schools champs last Wednesday. The whole thing was presented very well. Certainly the students I brought found it very enjoyable and are already looking forward to next year. More schools and more