2018 Munster Orienteering Championships - Blue Pool, Muckross Sunday October 21st

posted 20 Oct 2018, 15:46 by Elaine Sheridan

Best of luck to all our members who are competing in the Munster Championships in Blue Pool, Muckross, Killarney this Sunday.

Good orienteering to all on the day.

Upcoming Provincial Championships

posted 10 Oct 2018, 02:32 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 11 Oct 2018, 16:14 ]

There are a couple of provincial championships coming up in the next few weeks so here are some key dates for your orienteering diaries.

Munster Orienteering Championships 2018
Date: Sunday 21st October 2018
Location: Blue Pool, Muckross, Co Kerry
Further Info:
Closing Date: TODAY (10/10/2018)

Connacht Orienteering Championships 2018  
Date: Sunday 28th October 2018
Location: Woodville, Birr, Co. Offaly
Further Info: (Click the link between the two images on the front page)
Closing Date: Early Entry Fee up to Friday 12th October. Late Entry Fee up to Monday 22nd October

It would be great to see team CorkO well represented at each of these events. So hope you can join your club mate who've already entered these events.

CorkO members participate at 2018 Junior Home International

posted 7 Oct 2018, 15:10 by Elaine Sheridan

Well done to CorkO members Dan McDonnell, Cathal Lane, Joe Bosonnet and Zane Kramina who were selected for team Ireland and competed at the 2018 Junior Home International in Scotland this weekend.



Munster League #7: Knocknagalty, Limerick Sunday October 7th Event Info

posted 3 Oct 2018, 16:10 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 3 Oct 2018, 16:50 ]

Event 7 of the 2018 Munster League will take place this Sunday October 7th at Knocknagalty, (Galty Wood), near Kilbeheny on the Limerick/Tipperary border. Mixed forestry, good road/track network. The area was last used for MOC ’17 and there will be courses to suit all levels of orienteering ability.
SportIdent electronic timing will be used.

Brown 8.1km - 24 Controls - 270m climb

Blue 6.7km - 21 Controls - 215m climb
Green 5.3km - 15 Controls - 200m climb
Light Green 4.3km - 14 Controls - 140m climb
Orange 2.9km - 9 Controls - 80m climb
Yellow 2.7km - 9 Controls - 75m climb

Competitors can start anytime from 11am to 1pm.
Please let us know by Friday if you are bringing a group - to ensure we have enough maps.
Course closing time is 2.30pm - controls will be removed at this time.
All courses stay in the forest area & all private land & pasture is strictly Out-Of-Bounds.
Courses are not buggy-friendly because of some rough tracks.

Galty Wood is very accessible from Cork and Dublin via the M8 motorway.
Parking is in the Coillte car-park area i.e. Attychraan Loop Trail Car Park.

* From Cork city, take the M8 northbound as far as Junction 12, signposted Mitchelstown/Kilbeheny. Take the R639 through the village of Kilbeheny. Take the 2nd left turn, 1km after Kilbeheny (Signs for Kings Yard & Coillte ) and then a right turn. Follow O-signs.

* From Dublin/Waterford, take the M8 southbound and exit at Junction 11, signposted Kilbeheny/Skeheenarinky. Follow the R639 south, passing Kilcoran Lodge & Glengarra Wood, on your right. Continue past 1st sign to Kings Yard at Skeheenarinky until you come to 2nd sign for Kings Yard/Coillte as above.

Prices: Senior e7; Student, over-65 e5; Junior e4; Family e16; SI-Card Hire e2. Groups rates by request.

Following your run our club coach will be on hand for a bit of a post-mortem run / post-race analysis for anyone who wishes to available of this useful training exercise. The plan is to meet in the car park at 2pm and the training group will jog through one of the courses while going through some of the decisions made and why while navigating to the controls.

Hope you can join us.

Autumn League #6: Kinsale Urban Race, Kinsale SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD Event Info

posted 20 Sep 2018, 05:13 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 09:53 ]

The sixth and final event in the CorkO Autumn League will take place in Kinsale on Sunday September 23rd.

Cork Orienteers invite you to race with us around Kinsale town centre! Navigate your way through the colourful and winding streets to visit all the checkpoints (controls) in the quickest time possible. No experience necessary and beginners are welcome!

Short Course: 2.1km
Long Couse: 3.3km

Start anytime from 9am to 11am

Registration and parking will be at "Sáile", the Kinsale Sports and Community Centre in Kinsale. Please approach Sáile via the coastal route to avoid crossing through the race area (the entrance is opposite Kinsale Community School). Follow the signs for Sáile.

All participants will be asked to sign a form at registration to acknowledge the risks associated with racing on public streets. Under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

Adults €5; Juniors €3; Families €10. Participants will also require timing chips (SI cards) and these are available for hire at €2 each.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kinsale. 

If you've any questions do get in touch.

Sample Course from our last race around Kinsale. The terrain is steep in places.

Autumn League #5: Cork Showgrounds, Curraheen TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH Event Info

posted 16 Sep 2018, 09:49 by Elaine Sheridan

The fifth event in our Autumn league will take place on Tuesday September 18th at the Cork Showgrounds in Curraheen.

With kind permissions from Munster Agricultural Society and UCC for the use of this area. The area isn't too technical but there are enough features to keep all orienteers concentrating - no room for small errors! You'll have to come along to sample the terrain for yourself.

The long course starts with a reasonably difficult technical training exercise followed by a 4km course. When competitors are finished their course they're invited to attempt to complete the technically most difficult exercise in their own time afterwards.
The short course will consist of 2 short easy training exercises followed by a normal 2km course and will be buggy friendly.

Start anytime from 5pm to 6:30pm

Take junction 2 off the N40 and follow signs for Curraheen village (do not take the exit for Curraheen Park the greyhound track!). The entrance to the competition area is 800m from the Marymount roundabout after 800m the orienteering event will be signposted on the right before you enter Curraheen village.

Hope you can join us.

Autumn League #4: 13th Cliona Callanan Memorial Event Doneraile Park SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH

posted 13 Sep 2018, 13:45 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 13 Sep 2018, 13:46 ]

The 4th event in the CorkO Autumn League will take place on Sunday September 16th in Doneraile Park. This will be the 13th Annual Cliona Callanan Memorial Orienteering event and all proceeds on the day will go to the Cork Children's Leukaemia Association.

Hope you will come along and take advantage of the opportunity to experience this magnificent setting and sample the wonderful parkland terrain. It is sure to be a fun event and with numerous picnic tables and a large children's playground it caters well for families and offers plenty of post run entertainment. The Tea Rooms will also be open on the day.

With courses to suit all the family and no orienteering experience necessary, it's a great opportunity to encourage your family, friends or colleagues to sample this exciting sport at this very popular venue. You can run, jog or just stroll along any of the courses on offer. For our regular Autumn League followers there are two additional courses at this event for those that feel they are ready to take on a more challenging course.

Short 2.7 km,14 controls
Medium 3.5km, 19 controls
Long 5 km, 22 controls

IMPORTANT NOTE: Strictly no entry to deer enclosures or cattle pastures (marked Out of Bounds on the maps), also no entering lakes or river and no climbing or crossing walls or fences in the Park.

Competitors can start anytime between 10:00am and 1pm.

As money cannot be collected inside the Park (OPW directive), registration will take place outside the park near the entrance. Park your car as usual in the car park and stroll back out to pay. Start, Finish and Download will all be located inside the park near the main car park.

Doneraile Park is a short 45 minute drive from Blackpool. Travel north to Malllow and on to NewtwopotHouse, on the main Cork - Limerick Road and turn right. Doneraile is located on the R581 regional road 8 km east of the N20. It is about 12 km north of Mallow town. Doneraile Park is situated on the Northern edge of Doneraile town. Drive straight through the pretty Georgian village, across the Awbeg river, a branch of the Blackwater and the Park entrance is located on your right (opposite the entrance to the local Golf Club and Nagle/Rice secondary school). 

Follow the link below for a map and other park info:

If anyone is planning on bringing a large group, please let us know in advance to facilitate printing of maps. You can contact us at

Hope you can join us and help support a very worthy cause.

Autumn League #3: Regional Park Ballincollig Tuesday September 11th Results and Report

posted 12 Sep 2018, 15:26 by Elaine Sheridan

The Regional Park Ballincollig was the destination for the third event in the CorkO Autumn League. The evenings are definitely getting cooler and there was even a little rain on Tuesday evening but this didn't deter the 50 plus orienteers who participated on the night. This wonderful amenity is always busy and on Tuesday evening orienteers added to the mix of walkers, joggers, runners, footballers and families taking advantage of the wonderful facilities available in the park.

The event started from the middle car park which allowed the planner to set out courses which covered a large section of the map. The Short course comprised a nice loop around the middle section. The long course began by taking competitors to the Eastern end of the park. The first control as with several controls on the night proved difficult to spot from afar. The popularity of the park means that controls need to be in discreet locations and well secured to prevent curious passers-by from relocating them. So, while some may have been inside the control circle it was necessary on many occasions to read the control description to determine exactly were the kite was. This first control positioned beneath the bridge certainly caught some orienteers out.

From here competitors had to run through the section of runnable forest at the Eastern end of the map. For many of the late starters the fading light and the overcast evening made for poor visibility in the area. Luckily the building the control was positioned adjacent to was large and easy to spot. Orienteers had to visit a few more buildings in this area. On the leg from 5 to 6 those with local knowledge of the park may have elected to take a more direct route to 6 by crossing the dry canals.

There was some nice open running across the playing pitches and along the canal banks as competitors returned to the middle area of the map. Control 11 in the pit was another that was tricky to spot. From here competitors ran across the meadow and began their trip to the Western section of the map. Thankfully the grass had been recently cut when meant the going was fast in this area.

Controls 14 and 15 were problematic for some due to their careful positioning in the ruins. Following 15 there was a lovely run along the gravel trail back towards the start area. Unfortunately, some competitors got a little carried away on this home stretch and headed straight for the finish control failing to spot control 19 on the hill top beyond the finish. It was very enjoyable run around the park which required some prudent orienteering to locate the controls.

The competition was fierce on the 4.8km Long course and it was Conrad Daly who took the event winner honour on the night. He completed the Long course in a time of 28:55. Not far behind him were two orienteering rivals who have been battling one another throughout the Autumn League. Dan McDonnell and Darragh Hoare chased each other again this week and Dan narrowly edged out Darragh for the runner up spot. He completed the course in a time of 30:40. Third place went to Darragh Hoare who punched the finish in a time of 31:20.

The fastest lady around the Regional Park on Tuesday night was Aoife O'Sullivan. She punched all 19 controls in a time of 43:43. Runner up on the night was Elaine Sheridan who punched the finish in a time of 47:29. The final podium spot went to Karen Dineen when she finished in a time of 53:46.

On the Short course Chiara Bosonnet topped the leaderboard when she finished first in a time of 20:35. Not far behind Chiara was Ber O'Sullivan who took the runner up spot having completed the course in a time of 21:34. Third place went to Jill Murphy who punched all 10 controls in a time of 26:05.

Well done to all who participated on the night. Full individual results with split times are available at the following link:

Huge thanks this week to Daithi Power for planning and organising the event. Thanks also to Dave O'Donovan for helping with starts on the night.

Thanks also to Cork County Council for granting us access to this lovely park to stage our event.

The next event in the Autumn League is the 13th Annual Cliona Callanan Memorial Orienteering Event. This event will take place on Sunday in the beautiful and majestic surrounds of Doneraile Park in North Cork. All proceeds from the event will go to The Cork Children’s Leukaemia Association. This park with its resident deer herds has an extensive network of paths, fine meadows and some unique water features. No doubt our north Cork crew will have some interesting and challenging courses in store for us. Further directions and park info can be found here:

Hope you can join us!

Autumn League #3: Regional Park Ballincollig TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH Event Info

posted 8 Sep 2018, 16:53 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 10 Sep 2018, 05:01 ]

The third event in the CorkO Autumn League will take place at the Regional Park Ballincollig on Tuesday September 11th.

The park extends along the south bank of the river Lee and the terrain is mixed parkland, with fast grass and path sections, some forest run and some undergrowth. The land was originally part of the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills and the eastern end of the park is where the many ruins of the old Gunpowder Factory are still visible. Interesting route choice is provided by the limited number of crossing points along the canals and millraces which run throughout the park.

Short course is 2km with 10 controls. 
Long course is 4.8km with 19 controls.

- The canal is to be crossed using the foot-bridges only.
- Course closes at 7.30pm.  All controls will be removed at this time.

Competitors can start any time between 5:30pm and 6.30pm from the middle car park of the park.

The event will start from the MIDDLE CAR PARK of Ballincollig Regional Park, behind the church in Innishmore, 10km west of Cork city.

From the roundabout in the centre of Ballincollig main street (beside Tesco), head North down past Tesco, take the first left, then turn right after the church. The park car park is on the right.

Follow the link below for a map and other park info:

Parking is limited and is used by the allotments, so please car pool, use public transport or cycle if possible. Excess parking may be available on the public road in front of the church.

Hope you can join us!

Autumn League #2: James Fort, Kinsale Tuesday September 4th Results and Report

posted 7 Sep 2018, 01:11 by Elaine Sheridan

The second event in the CorkO Autumn League saw a crowd of over 50 orienteers converge at the historic site of James Fort in Kinsale to do battle on Tuesday night for the event winner title. A fine fresh evening greeted all those who ventured west for the event. We were delighted to welcome so many Kinsale town residents to the event. We hope you all enjoyed the challenge of navigating around this familiar terrain.

This compact area with its slopes down to the water is renowned for its physicality and with a double-sided map on the Long course competitors knew they would be traversing these slopes multiple times and in all possible directions. Both courses commenced with a run towards the Dock beach before a short climb onto the open terrain. From here the criss-crossing of the terrain commenced. 

The leg from 2 to 3 on the long course was the first of several visits to the Fort for all the long course competitors on the night. From here they descended down the north west slopes punching two controls en route. The planner set out a grueling leg from 5 to 6 which took competitors from the lowest point on the north west side to the lowest point on the north east side. The only way to avoid the climb here would have been to swim around the headland. As this option was definitely a non runner it was a tough climb back up the hill before a fast descent down the other side. From six there was a second visit through the Fort before another trip to the slopes on the north east and then another up and down this time to the northern block house.

From here competitors flipped over the map to do it all again. There was another circuit through the fort before a return to control 203 which had been visited on the first map. From here there was a sequence of short fast legs around the fort. No doubt many opted to use the infamous tunnels on some of these legs. Careful ducking was required to ensure sufficient clearance when venturing through these novel features. The planner had one last surprise in store for competitors as they enjoyed the fast descent from control 17 at the fort to control 18 the depression above the beach.Having reached the depression competitors had to then climb back up the hill to control 19 before one final climb up and over the hill to the final control. Despite all the grueling climbs both courses provided competitors with some spectacular views of Charlesfort, Kinsale harbour and the Bandon river for those who took the time to appreciate them.

If you found the terrain tough going on Tuesday night then perhaps you might consider signing up for the CorkO Winter Strength and Conditioning Class which kicks off on Monday September 24th at Fitnessworx. No doubt after 12 weeks of training you'll have the strength to tackle any steep terrain. You can sign up by dropping Danny an email at dannyohare (at) gmail (dot) com to reserve a place

Similar to last week Dan McDonnell and Darragh Hoare ran hard and pushed each other as they battled it out for the event winner honour and it was Dan who claimed the bragging rights aain this week. The steep slopes didn't seem to slow him down as he completed the 3.5km course with it's 170m of climb in a time of 24:10. Darragh had to settle for the runner up spot when he finished in a time of 25:16. Third place on the night went to John Scannell who punched the finish in a time of 27:43.

The fastest lady to traverse the terrain at James Fort on Tuesday night was Aoife O'Sullivan. She made light work of the hilly terrain and completed the 3.5km course in a time of 33:27. Runner up on the night was Deirdre Ni Challanain she punched all 20 controls in a time of 36:14. Third place went to Elaine Sheridan who punched the finish in a time of 37:44.

This weeks 1.5km Short Course was super competitive and there was a mere 6 seconds between the top two orienteers at the finish line. It was Ciara Ryan who took the event winner title when she finished in a time of 14:52. Hot on Ciara's heels was Tessa Kingston who punched the finish 6 seconds later to take the runner up honor on the night. The final podium place went to Chiara Bosonnet who punched all 11 controls in a time of 16:40.

Will done to all who participated. Full individual results with split times and route gadget for those willing to share their routes is available at the following link:

Huge thanks this week to Conrad Daly for planning the physically demanding courses! Thanks again to David O'Donovan for taking care of starts and to all those who assisted with control collection, Zac Harringthon, Dan McDonnell, John Spelman, Aaron Coughlan and Cian Horgan.

Next week we’ll be visiting the Regional Park Ballincollig for the third event in the league. This park was once home to a major gunpowder works but has now become a very popular public amenity. Check out the link below for a map and some area trivia. 

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