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The mystery of the moving control. A local landowner appears to have taken it upon himself to relocate 220 into his garden. He then proceded to yell at anyone who tried to go near it. Thanks to Laura Cox for relocating the control. I also relocated 216 which was causing a few problems. It had been placed on the crag instead of the boulder field some 80 metres away. I
The 2009 Controllers’ Course was held in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, on 21st March, with the practical session in the nearby Glengarra Wood. It was attended by nine orienteers and run by Mike Richardson (Deeside OC and 3ROC) and Harold White, Controller of Technical Standards was in attendance. (The Controller is one of the key people in running a competition: he or she represents the interests of the competitors, ensuring
Spring Cup 2009, Denmark Relay results The two Irish junior relay teams aquitted themselves well by taking 14th and 15th places in the ‘Motion’ relay at the Spring Cup. In the process, they trounched the team leaders team who could only manage 25th! 54 teams competed in this age class. After their runs, the juniors experienced a thrilling finale to the men’s elite relay. A team from IFK Goteborg went
Farina Freigang (Ajax) reports on last weekend’s computer mapping course in Leinster. There is always something to learn with OCAD Dunboyne Castle, a fine Georgian house, was built as the seat of the Butler family, Lords Dunboyne in the mid-eighteenth century. It’s situated just outside Dublin and in 2007 the estate was renovated into a glorious hotel and spa. On Saturday 28 March, it was the venue for the second
A reception was held in Trinity College, Dublin, on 25th March, to mark the handing over of about 1000 Irish orienteering maps to the Glucksman Map Library in the College. IOA Chairman and Mapping Officer, Marcus Geoghegan, formally handed the maps to College Librarian Robin Adams (see photo) who accepted them on behalf of the library. The coordinator of the project, which was first proposed 15 years ago, was Brian
We’ve just had two magnificent days orienteering on different sand dune areas in Leinster: Ajax’s event on the Bull Island in Dublin and CNOC’s at Kilmore Quay in Wexford. With such a long coastline, we have many sand dune areas which could be tapped for orienteering: areas like Curracloe in Wexford, Tramore in Waterford, Roscarbery in Cork, Inch, Rossbeigh and Banna in Kerry, Mullaghmore in Sligo, Magilligan and Portstewart in
The provisional results of the Munster Primary Schools event for 2009 hosted by Waterford orienteering Club are now posted on the IOA website. Thank you to all the teachers and pupils who took part on a glorious sunny day at Colligan woods near Dungarvan. Thank you also to the pupils from Transition year at Newtown school, Waterford who helped on the start and finish. The 5th class Boys event was dominated
Please click on this link to get guidelines for drawing school maps as found on the BOF (British Orienteering Federation) website. This is a very clear pdf file which may need to be adopted for the Irish situation. If you are using ocad, you will need to download the set of symbols for drawing at 1:2,500 scale. Click here and scroll down to Mapping in Schools. pick the set of symbols for which ever
William Augustine Mulligan: The (almost forgotten) Father of Irish Orienteering, by Aonghus ÓCléirigh When and where exactly was Ireland’s first orienteering event held? A half page article discovered by Pat Healy in the Clonmel Nationalist newspaper dated 19 April 1969 describes in detail the newly found sport and reports on the first event organised in this country (recorded in print or otherwise) – a competition planned and run for members
Foot Orienteering That Always Heeds Country Code FOLD map to manageable size ORIENTATE (your map must line up with the ground and the Northpoint) THUMB on the point where you are on the map (use left thumb) ATTACK POINT (where you can navigate to easily) HANDRAILS (what linear features you can follow to get to your attack point) CHECK OFF FEATURES (what you should pass on the way) CATCHING FEATURES (what you will see if you go too