Irish Orienteering Championships 2018
Orienteering in north west Ireland


Welcome to IOC 2018

A few (bilingual) words from our Event Co-ordinator:

A chairde,

Fáilte roimhaibh go léir go dtí Craobhchomórtas Rianadóireachta na hÉireann 2018, a mbeidh ar siúl in Iar-thuaisceart na hÉireann.  Is iad Craobhchomórtas Rianadóireachta na hÉireann an comórtas is tabhachtach in Éirinn agus tá súil agam go mbeidh rianadóireacht den scoth ar fáil go gach duine.

Welcome to the 2018 Irish Orienteering Championships ( that will be taking place in the Northwest of Ireland.  The Irish Orienteering Championships is the premier orienteering competition in Ireland and I am sure that all competitors will enjoy high quality orienteering.

There will be four days of orienteering in this remote but spectacular part of Ireland, varying from urban sprint to sand dune relay with plenty of tricky open mountain in between.  

An urban sprint in the Institute of Technology Sligo campus on the evening of Friday 4th May will start the weekend.  This promises to be fast and furious on a sprint map to ISSOM standard.  This event will be hosted by the local club, Sligo Orienteering Club (SOC), one of Ireland’s youngest orienteering clubs.  Fingal Orienteers would like to acknowledge the assistance of SOC throughout the weekend, including allowing us to use maps and providing much-needed local knowledge and assistance.

The following day will take place on the Barnesmore Wind Farm, near the Barnesmore Gap, Co. Donegal.  Hopefully all competitors will be energised by the presence of the wind turbines and run swiftly across the open mountain.

The Long Distance (Day 3, Sunday 6th May) will see a return to the Tawnawully/Benson’s Hill map, just across the Barnesmore Gap from Day 2’s event.  This map was first used for the Irish Orienteering Championships in 2009.  This area consists of open mountain with extensive contour detail, some tracks and small lakes.  

Finally, the Relay will be held on Finner Strand.  This promises to be fast and furious, with a good mixture of mentally and physically challenging terrain, testing both body and mind.  

There will be ample opportunity for socialising in the Bluestack Centre on both Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May.  On Saturday 5th May a table quiz and raffle will be organised to support the construction of a school in the Kibera slum in Nairobi.  Sunday 6th May will see the highlight of the orienteering calendar, the Irish Orienteering Association AGM.  The AGM will be followed by the prize-giving from Days 2 and 3.

Fingal Orienteering would like to acknowledge the assistance of the following organisations in allowing us to host this event:

Keep an eye on our IOC 2018 website and follow our social media accounts on twitter & facebook between now and May. More information will be available.

I look forward to meeting you at the event.

Cóimeadaigí súil ghéar ar an suíomh idirlíon agus beidh eolas breise ar fáil idir an dá linn.  Buailfidh mé libh ag an gcomórtas.

Is mise,

Sarah Ní Ruairc

Event Co-ordinator

Fingal Orienteers

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