Announcement of new general administrator

Orienteering Ireland is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric O’Brien as their new General Administrator.

He will take up the position on January 01 2023.

We wish him well and look forward to him joining our team.

Eric O'Brien is the new administrator with Orienteering Ireland.

Congratulations to our new cohort of accredited planners

Over 4 weekly sessions, the participants on the recent online Planners Course were taken through the roles and responsibilties of the course planner, with emphasis on the importance of applying the planning principles to all aspects of planning. They were given a comprehensive grounding in planning for different technical difficulties (TD), and with the tools and resources to hand they were tasked with planning a range of courses from TD2 to TD5 on a selection of different maps each week. The course was ably presented by Mary Healy, Marcus Geoghegan and faciliated by Déirdre Ní Challanáin.

The group worked hard to achieve their goal and we are delighed to have another cohort of orienteers, each being recognised as an accredited Orienteering Ireland Planner Level 2. We look forward to the courses and events they will plan in the months and years ahead.

The next online planners course will take place in Autumn 2023. If interested please complete the form below and we will get in touch.

Section of a TD2 course planned by planners course participant.

Willie Cunningham Memorial Event

Following the very successful 50th anniversary event held in Kilfinane recently, Bishopstown Orienteering club handed over a cheque to Marymount Hospice. 

The cheque for €1000 was the very generous proceeds of the collection held in conjunction with the event. 

We were overwhelmed with the generosity of all those who contributed to this amount.

On the day of the event and the presentation we were joined by members of Willie Cunningham’s family. 

For BOC it was important to mark the contribution of Willie to Orienteering in Ireland. 

All of the information, sketches, articles and maps from Willie have been added to the Irish Orienteering History page

Cheque presentation to Marymount Hospice. Michael Wall, Esther Wall, Deirdre Haughey, Billy Emery volunteer with Marymount , Sean Cotter, Paul O’S-Hourihan, Liam and Maia.
Cheque presentation to Marymount Hospice.
Michael Wall, Esther Wall, Deirdre Haughey, Billy Emery- Marymount volunteer, Sean Cotter, Paul O’S-Hourihan.
Liam & Maia.
Orienteering course on original Kilfinane orienteering map from 1972 to celebrate 50th anniversary.
Area surveyed (Scale 6 inches = 1 mile) and drawn by Willie Cunningham and original courses planned by him.

‘Tis the season.. – Festive Events

There are 2 easy festive-themed events on this weekend. The first is night orienteering around Suburban Rathfarnham, followed by refreshments in the Yellow House. The second is a ‘Turkey Trot’ in Tyrrelstown. Both events are suitable for novices although under-16 should be accompanied for the night orienteering..

Saturday 10th December, 6pm – Night “Chrimb-O” in Rathfarnham:

  • Under 16s should be accompanied
  • Courses are straightforward, with the emphasis being on the meeting up in the pub after to discuss maps and meet people. Newcomers are particularly welcome.
  • you don’t have to be in a club to take part
  • you can go in pairs, groups or individually
  • More details and entry before Thursday night on:

Sunday 11th December, 11am – Turkey Trot in Tyrrelstown:

  • Straightforward navigation, suitable for beginners and juniors (under 10/novice juniors accompanied, over 12 with some experience alone)
  • you don’t have to be in a club to take part
  • you can go in pairs, groups or individually
  • More details and entry before Friday night on:

There will be other festive events across the country later in the month including Pine Forest with 3ROC on St Stephen’s Day so keep your eyes on the fixture list!

See you there for Mince pies!

Senior Home Internationals 2022

The SHI is taking place over the weekend in England. Relays are on Saturday near Guildford and the individual race is on a new map in the New Forest on Sunday. 

Best of luck to all the team!

Team is as follows.


 Dan Earnshaw

 Eoin Simpson (relay only)


 Ellie Simpson (relay only) 


 Aidan McCullough

 Conor Short

 Darren Burke

 Laurence Quinn

 Paul Pruzina

 Ruairi Short


 Niamh Corbett

 Róisin Long

 Toni O’Donovan

Keep an eye on our social media pages for updates.

FB : @Irish.Orienteering     Twitter: @OrienteeringIRE Instagram: @Orienteeringireland

Social Media Workshop for Orienteering Clubs.

In today’s world it is very important that clubs use social media to advertise and promote their orienteering activities.

For this purpose Orienteering Ireland is running a 1.5 hour social media workshop on:

Thursday 27th October 7:30pm – 9pm.

Mark Stephens will look at social media talk, covering posts, stories, reels, when best to use each feature, and their differences.

The workshop will also look at Canva, and how to put text together with images.

Clubs attending should have set up an Instagram account and Facebook page beforehand.

Ideally each club will have a minimum of one person attending, who will be happy to take on the role of the club’s social media accounts.

The registration form below gives you the opportunity to ask questions in advance of the workshop.

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Fuelling & Hydration Webinar Registration

Oct 20th 7pm to 8pm

Jens Waechter has brilliantly set up a Webinar with Precision Hydration to have a chat about Fuelling and Hydration, this chat is aimed at the Elite Team but is open to everyone and we are sure there is something everyone can take away.

Precision hydration helps some of the best athletes to nail their fuelling and hydration. The team is made up of sports scientists developing a simple and effective way to help athletes understand and manage their individual hydration needs. 

It would be great if everyone could have at least 3 questions related to sport fuelling to help steer the conversation and tailor the webinar to individual needs.

Sign up below.

Orienteering Co-ordinators

We are pleased to announce that both Deirdre and Mark will continue in their current roles as Orienteering co-ordinators for Orienteering Ireland for another 12 months.

They have established themselves as a valuable asset to the organisation over the past 12 months.

We look forward to them working with us.

They will continue to report to the General Administrator.

Clubs who think they could benefit from their assistance should direct enquiries and requests to the Aine at osec at

We thank them for all their work for the last 12 months and look forward to another productive and exciting year for Orienteering Ireland.

Upcoming Safeguarding 1 workshops

Orienteering Ireland is organsing two online Safeguarding 1 workshops.

Wednesday 28th September 6.30 – 9.30pm

Thursday 13th October 6.30 – 9.30pm   

Safeguarding 1 – Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Workshop is for everyone involved in children and young people’s sport.

The Safeguarding 1 workshop educates participants on the implementation of best practice in safeguarding the welfare of children involved in sport.

Safeguarding 1 is required for those working with, or who have interaction with young people in sport. It is also suitable for those involved in the planning / administration of activities or events involving young people.

It is recommended that coaches, committee members, children’s officers, designated liaison persons and parents attend this training.

The training is valid for 3 years, and is recognised across National Governing Bodies of Sport in the Republic of Ireland.

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