Events this Weekend

Dublin, Kerry, Cork and Kilkenny..

7 Dec Dublin City University Dublin Campus Sprint Series  
7 Dec Carrickgollogan Kilternan, Co. Dublin Night Orienteering Great Eastern Navigators
8 Dec Muckross Abbey Kerry Come-and-try-it Event Kerry
8 Dec Mount Desert Wood Cork Family Day Bishopstown
8 Dec Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny Southeast Short-O League Waterford

 Carrickgollgan , Night Orienteering

The Dublin by Night series kicks off at Carrickgollogan next Saturday 7th December with an event run by Great Eastern Navigators. Car parking is in the Carrickgollogan forest car park off Murphy’s lane. Sign posts will be  place from the R117 Enniskerry road near Kilternan. Start times are between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. There are two courses on  offer long and short with approximate distances of 4.1km and 2.8 km respectively. The Competition is open to age classes W/M16s and over. Entry fees are €6 for Adults and €4 for students, unwaged and OAPs. You can pre-enter this event at Post-event analysis  will take place in the Leopardstown’s Inn, Brewery Road which is close to public transport for those who need it.


 Dublin City University

The second of the six race College Campus Sprint Series take place on Saturday 7th around Dublin City University and the adjacent Albert College / Hampstead Park. There will be 2 courses on offer – 2.9 kms and 2.2 kms.
For those of you outside Dublin, this is a great excuse for a trip to the big smoke combined with some Christmas shopping, GEN’s night orienteering race at Carrickgollogan, and maybe catching a panto (the Helix, on the DCU map, is showing Sleeping Beauty!).
Starts are between 11am-1pm with entry fees (adults €5, students €4, juniors €3, families €10) going towards the Irish Junior Squad. Entries and parking are at the park’s public carpark at Hampstead Avenue, Glasnevin off the Ballymun Road.

If you plan to come, please enter ONLINE at:

 Kilkenny Castle

The grounds of Kilkenny Castle will be the venue on December 8th when a new permanent orienteering course will be launched by kind permission of the OPW. The map has been surveyed by Pat Healy at 1;5,000.The official launch by the Mayor will take place at 12 and will be followed by the final autumn short series race organised by WATO. 4 courses will be on offer: Long course 5.3 km and 25 controls; Medium course 4.0 km and 20 controls; Short course 2.6 km and 18 controls; and an additional Short/tracks only, for those with reduced mobility, which will be 1.7 km and 11 controls. All are welcome, young or old to come and try out this inclusive sporting activity. Anyone who is bringing a group should contact to ensure there are enough maps. Maps will be printed by Print 5.
Only a 10 minute walk from the rail station and close to MacDonagh junction shopping centre, combine shopping with your day out. Parking on the Castle road side of the grounds.


MOUNT DESERT WOOD, Lee Road, Cork City
(St. Joseph’s Hospital)
Park on the left-hand side up the driveway to the Bon Secours Care Village on the Lee Road.
National Grid Reference W 630 720
Cork County Leagues 6 & Family Day, Electronic punching for Red to Brown courses (hire of SI card eur 1)
Controls out from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm, Start Times from 10.30 am to 1 pm. Courses Close at 2 pm
BROWN COURSE (hardest)             7.0 km, 530 m, 27 c
BLUE COURSE                                  5.0 km, 375 m, 22 c
GREEN COURSE                              4.3 km, 300 m, 23 c
RED COURSE                                    3.1 km, 250 m, 21 c
ORANGE COURSE                           3.0 km, 075 m, 17 c
YELLOW COURSE (easiest)             2.4 km, 060 m, 11 c

 Muckross Abbey, Killarney

This Sunday 8th Dec, Kerry Orienteers host the last event before Christmas at Muckross Abbey, Killarney. Registration will be at the Muckross Abbey car park from 11am to 12.30 pm. Extra car parking is available across the road by Molly Darcy’s Pub which will have toilet facilities/lunch etc. Courses close at 2.30pm.
Six colour coded courses will be on offer as follows:
Brown          7.5km    19c
Blue             6.0km     17c
Green          5.2km     14c
Light Green  4.0km     14c
Orange        2.9km      8c
Yellow          2.7km      5c
  Electronic timing as usual; SI cards available for hire; maps pre-printed in plastic bags; Condes on maps and available separately.
Weather forecast looking good: mild/dry/gentle southerly. Hope to see you all Sun.
Orienteering in Ireland
Orienteering Ireland, Irish Sport HQ, Blanchardstown
D15 DY62, Ireland