History of Orienteering Article

While scanning old copies of the LOC (Leinster Orienteering Clubs) Newsletter I noticed this article from September 1979. Aubrey Flegg writes about one of the first orienteering events ever held in Ireland (Devils Glen 1969). I particularly liked the use of H Williams supermarket bags as Control Kites !!! Have a read.

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Event Management Seminar

Date: Dec 1st (Saturday) Venue: Bewleys at Newlands Cross Time: 9.30 to 5

This seminar will cover the essential technical and administrative requirements for running a major orienteering event such as a national or regional championships, although the principles involved will apply to any orienteering event on the IOA fixtures calendar. The event will be jointly hosted by the IOA Technical and Mapping Officers. It will draw on the valuable experience gained and lessons learned from some recent major events and mapping projects. The day will take the format of a number of presentations and demonstrations, where practicable, with a high degree of participant interaction expected.

The subsidised cost of the course is E20 that includes the cost of lunch and light breakfast. It is being held at Bewleys Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin and will run from 9.30am to 5.00pm. To book a place you should send a cheque to Aine Joyce, Irish Orienteering Association, 2nd Floor, 13 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, or you can e-mail her at The course is limited to 25 participants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Brian Power – Mapping Officer Harold White – Controller of Technical Standards,-6.394558&spn=0.015947,0.033216

New Chairperson

A new Chairperson, Mary O’Connell of 3Roc, has joined the IOA Executive Committee.

New Award

Some of you may be aware of a new award that was given this year. It is the Spirit of Orienteering award.It was presented at the IOC to Liam O’Brien of Cork Schools Orienteering Association.

Details and a picture are at;

International Orienteering Events

MTBO World Cup and World Masters

The following bulletins are now available on the IOF website:

Slavonija & Baranja Open 2013, Croatia, Feb 2013

Dear friends, We are inviting you to our new O-destination which brings a whole new experience! Come and enjoy in our beautifull nature,open forrests and diverse landscape. Run on fortresses that were conquered by the Turks, orient yourselves through open catacombs! The event will last 2 days long and will take place in Osijek and Našice. Inexhaustible source of material for enjoying in the orientation now revealed for you! Best regards, Nikola Pajčin, CEO of the SiBOpen organization.


World Masters

World Masters Orienteering Championships 2013 in Sestriere, Italy

Updated bulletin 1 (replaces all previous versions) –

World Masters Orienteering Championships 2013 in Sestriere, Italy (part of the World Masters Games 2013 in Turin) Bulletin 1 –


Feel the Magic of the North!

We are pleased to invite you to visit our mysterious country “up in the north”.In summer 2013 OL-club Lynx organize a 6-days overland tour (July 1-6) in Finland from capital Helsinki to tiny town of Sotkamo, which hosts World Orienteering Championships 2013. This O-Tour-Finland will finish to WOC2013 events and there you can participate spectator races at enjoyable terrains and support your national team for medals!

Our main idea is to show you best parts of our country and to provide you unforgettable memories to be brought home. During the tour we shall enjoy unspoiled nature, visit interesting companies, get familiar with Finnish cuisine, travel by different means of transport and take a look at Finnish summer festivals (some of them are quite strange .Travelling together with other OL-minded people around the world, will not only give you more new friends, but also guarantees fun! Along the route we are of course also happy to provide you taste of different OL-experiences in Finland with short specially tailored events.

If you feel this is not enough, why not to visit Russia before or after the tour. Russian city of Saint Petersburg, with its rich cultural heritages, is easily accessible from Helsinki (just 3,5hrs by train). We are pleased to assist you with other travel arrangements as well. More information about O-Tour-Finland 2013 you can find and from brochure attached. Book early to benefit discounted rates!

After our 6-days tour, we believe you are ready to concentrate for orienteering challenges at WOC2013 spectators events, and to support your own national team for medals!

You are cordially welcome. Let’s make together summer 2013 something special!

Orienteering Club Lynx, O-Tour-Finland organizing committee Simo Sukselainen (Secretary) e-mail: tel. +358 45 6797940

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