Shandon Urban Orienteering Heritage Route - Competition

posted 2 Sept 2020, 12:59 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 2 Sept 2020, 13:07 ]

Calling all creative and artistic orienteers. While many of our usual competitive orienteering events have cancelled or postponed this year here is an orienteering competition with a bit of a difference which is being run by Cork City council.

Shandon Urban Orienteering Heritage Route
Cork City council have launched a new initiative to cast a close eye on the Shandon area of the city. Part of this initiative is the development of a permanent urban orienteering route in the area. The Shandon Urban Orienteering Heritage Route will wind its way through streets, alleys and parks to spotlight the buildings of this Architectural Conservation Area. 

The permanent orienteering course will take participants to five 5 checkpoints in the Shandon area. These checkpoints will be located at key points of interest on the following streets; 
  • North Mall
  • Blarney Street
  • Shandon Street
  • Bob & Joan Walk
  • Popes Quay
Each checkpoint will be uniquely identifiable by a tile and each tile will have
  • The universal orienteering symbol
  • A QR code
  • Simple graphic black and white image
As part of this initiative a public competition is being organised to decide on the graphic images that will appear on these 5 tiles.

People are encouraged to go out and look at these areas with fresh eyes, draw what they see and submit photographs of their drawings. The winning images will be printed as permanent markers at each checkpoint location and winners will receive a special edition print of their own work.

The project is being delivered by Roisin Burke, Abarta Heritage and artist Sheelagh Broderick, who both have a strong track record in facilitating public engagement projects in a variety of settings with the support of Cork City Council Conservation office. This project is funded through the Cork City Heritage Plan with support from Cork City Council, the Heritage Council and Creative Ireland.

Entry Details

IMPORTANT: Closing date for receipt of entries is 30th September 2020.

Firstly, take a look at the built environment around each checkpoint area and create a simple graphic black and white image. It could be an interesting window frame, railing, doorway or rooftop or something else entirely different. Send us what interests you. The 5 winning entries will be permanently sited at the checkpoint locations and a prize of the winning tile will be presented to each winner at the launch of the route.

The tile will be 6 inches square and also hold the universal orienteering symbol and a QR code that will link to a webpage with more information about the location. See sample tile:

Further information on how to submit entries is available on the Cork City Council Orienteering webpage at the following link:

This is a wonderful opportunity for some creative and artistic orienteers to leave a permanent mark on the city streets.

Just for Fun - IOC 2020 Virtual Relay

posted 7 May 2020, 01:04 by Elaine Sheridan

The IOC Relay Championship were due to take place last weekend but sadly like many sporting events were cancelled.

However, this weekend for a bit of fun the Irish Orienteering Association have organised a Virtual Orienteering Relay race.

So why not join in this Sunday with the IOC Virtual Orienteering Relay event.  

On Sunday morning, you run, jog or walk a 2km circular route – it is important that you finish where you start.

No maps or navigating required! Full details are listed below.

If you would like to represent team CorkO in this virtual race please get in touch. Darren Burke has kindly agreed to be the CorkO team manager so if you are interested in competing in this fun event you can let him know my emailing him at elite at orienteering dot ie

Team CorkO needs you!

IOC 2020 Virtual Relay Details
In the absence of the IOC 2020 relay and with the hope that you will enjoy a little competition all be it from a distance and sadly without a map, we have decided to run a virtual relay. You run your leg of your relay with your household or on your own, observing social distancing and your own local rules. You submit your time via google form and we collate them to see how your team gets on.

Here are some of the finer details, but all of the information will be submitted via google form which can be found at the bottom of the article.

Entry deadline midnight, Friday May 8th. (GMT)

Run to take place between 9am and midday on Sunday 10th May GMT. (there is an option for changing run time available in the form, by special request , so don’t let that stop you entering!)
PLEASE AGREE YOUR TEAM WITH YOUR TEAM MATES PRIOR TO ENTERING- each team member must complete the form themselves so they must have all the team members names.
INDIVIDUALS can select random if you want to enter as an individual and be allocated a team.
Results must be submitted via google forms before the deadline of 1 pm (GMT) on Sunday 10th May, (please allow for your internet speed!) You will need to submit with a screen shot of your run on Strava or similar app!
Rules are laid out on the form, basically the organisers decision is final! (please be patient if there are hiccups, see next note)
Note: This is for fun!
So as LVO put it on their social media please enter whether you are a

Super fast whippet
Enthusiastic sheep, or
Leisurely hedgehog

What to do next:

Decide a team with your club members and/or friends. (Your ONE run can count in two teams, one club and/or one mixed )
Or enter as an individual and be randomly allocated a team.
Enter (each team member must fill out the form so we can send you the link to upload results.)
Record your run of 2 km with start and finish at the same place.
Submit results via google form with evidence as stated above.
The results are collated by Darren and we see how your team gets on!

Of course we would love to see your run via social media, so it would be great if you could take photos and or video or even go live on your social media and tag IOA!

In the words of Michael Lunt, ” just go out and have a good time” (check previous article for reference.)

Oh and here is the link to the entry form.

Virtual Junior Table Quiz

posted 27 Apr 2020, 10:13 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 27 Apr 2020, 10:14 ]

Thanks to the O’Brien clan the Irish Orienteering Association are still going to be able to host the annual Table Quiz normally held at the IOC – we will just host it virtually. 

The quiz will take place on Saturday, 2nd May at 8:30pm and will be hosted on Zoom and Kahoot. 

The fee per household is €10 and registration is taken as participants donate via the following link:

The link to the quiz and further instructions will be sent by receipt email after the donation. All proceeds will go to the ISPCC Childline.

Orienteering Podcast

posted 24 Apr 2020, 16:55 by Elaine Sheridan

CorkO's Josh O'Sullivan Hourihan recently did a podcast for Orienteering Ireland were he chatted with his brother Zac about training pre and post the current restrictions as he prepares for the World Orienteering Championship 2020.

Sadly, WOC 2020 like so many races and events has been postponed until later in the year and Josh discusses how he is dealing with the postponements and cancellations of various races and how he has adapted his training plan to deal with this.

The podcast also includes some questions and answers from some of his instagram followers.

It is well worth a list as there are some interesting insights into the training schedule, discipline and motivation required to represent Ireland and compete on the international orienteering stage.

Easter Greetings!

posted 13 Apr 2020, 07:28 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 13 Apr 2020, 07:29 ]

Wishing all our members and supporters a very Happy Easter!

At the start of another busy orienteering year we could never have imagined how the year would unfold and how so many restrictions would be put in place for our own safety.

So we hope you are all coping ok with the different challenges we are faced with as a result of this pandemic. We hope you are all well and staying safe. If another is in need of assistance during this isolation period we would be happy to assist in what ever way we can.

In these strange and different times it is hard to predict when we will get back to competitive orienteering and enjoying the sport we all love so much.

In the meantime if Ballincollig Regional Park or Farran Forest Park are in your 2km zone then why not try the permanent orienteering courses there on one of your daily exercise excursions.

You can find more details on the link below:    

Or alternatively, if you are stuck indoors with no training equipment then perhaps you would like to try some circuit training. GEN orienteering clubs usual winter circuit training session with Colleen Robinson(Setanta) has been extended and during this Covid-19 isolation period it is now continuing online via Zoom meetings. They have an open invite to all orienteers from around the country to join them and you can find further details at the following link:

Hope you are finding innovative ways to keep active in these unusual times. 

Stay well and stay safe and just to re-iterate if you do need assistance in any way please do get in touch here.

Cork Orienteering Club

CorkO Relay Teams

posted 29 Feb 2020, 13:29 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 29 Feb 2020, 13:30 ]

Orienteering is mostly an individual sport but there are events throughout the year were orienteers get to pool their navigational skills and combine their all terrain fitness levels to compete as a team. We've identified three unique and challenging relay races taking place in 2020 which are

- Irish Orienteering Relay Championships
- Wicklow Way Relay
- Beara Way Relay

We would love to have CorkO teams on the start line for these three relay races. You can find some further details on each of the races below.

If you are interested in ANY or ALL of these awesome relay races please let us know and if we have enough interest we will enter CorkO teams in all these events. 

Hope you can join team CorkO!

Monday May 4th
Knockreer House, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Remember CHEAPER ENTRY DEADLINE for the individual races is today FEBRUARY 29TH so if you are planning to attend this year's championships why not save yourself some money and get your entry in today!

CorkO we will also be looking to RECRUIT MEMBERS for some CorkO RELAY TEAMS so please let me know if you are interested in a run around Knockreer House on Monday May 4th.

Saturday May 16th

The Wicklow Way relay is a race from Kilmashogue to Shillelagh along the Wicklow Way.

Teams consisting of between 2 and 8 runners will run the Wicklow Way in Relay. There are eight stages, between 8km and 21km long. 

Saturday June 13th

The Beara Way Relay is a race for mixed teams of up to 8 people. Starting and finishing in Glengarriff, your team will race clockwise around the way-marked route, covering a total of 130km with 4000m climb.

The route itself is steeped in history and natural beauty. Athletes will pass through many of the beautiful towns and villages of Beara, and will experience a variety of terrain from quiet country roads to woodlands and open mountain.

This is a stunning new race on the Beara peninsula and could team CorkO be the inaugural winners of the Beara Way Relay?

CorkO Training Day: Tir na Spideoige, Inchigeela SATURDAY 7TH MARCH

posted 25 Feb 2020, 14:16 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 25 Feb 2020, 14:17 ]

For anybody looking to progress or, improve their open-mountain orienteering, CorkO will be hosting a technical training day on Saturday March 7th. This is especially relevant for those who hope to attend the upcoming Irish Orienteering Championships! 

The technical training event will take place at Tir na Spideoige near Inchigeela. This is an excellent technical area and was last used for Day 3 of the 2018 Shamrock O-Ringen. 

The training will help people get to grips with contours which will be a benefit to their orienteering in general and especially for the Irish championships and provincial championships. The training will be tailored for the participants and is sure to be fun for all.

Check out the following link to see the type of exercises that took place our last training day in Tir na Spideoige back in March 2019.  

The training will start at 11am and will last 60-90 minutes.

Bring trail shoes (they will likely get wet), a compass, open mind and clothes appropriate for the weather.

All are welcome to join us. Attendance is free of charge to CorkO members and there will be a €5 fee to non-members, payable on the morning.

If you would like to join us this Saturday March 7th please register by e-mailing us as
corko(at) orienteering (dot) ie
by Thursday March 5th so we can ensure we've enough maps printed.

Munster League #3: Glengarra Wood, Tipperary SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23RD Event Info

posted 18 Feb 2020, 15:34 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 18 Feb 2020, 15:35 ]

The third event in the 2020 Munster League will take place on Sunday February 23rd at Glengarra Wood, Tipperary. This a very scenic forest with two areas of Millennium Forest planting! Mixed forestry, good road/track network and open moorland. There will be courses to suit all levels of orienteering ability.

Brown            8.4km     27 controls, 230m climb
Blue               7.5km     21  controls, 200m climb
Green             5.3km     18  controls, 150m climb
Light Green    4.1km     14  controls, 130m climb
Red                3.5km      12  controls, 80m climb
Orange           3.0km     10  controls, 75m climb
Yellow             2.2km      7  controls, 60m climb

Planers Notes:
  • Routes through the forest are quite runnable (minimal brashings or brambles) and there is an extensive road and path network.
  • Tarmaced road on the map is bounded by unmapped wire fence (easy to pass through).
  • There are a few areas on the map surrounded by mapped high wire fences, these have been in place for 20 years and the timber supports are rotting and they are unsafe to attempt to cross. Entry and exit should be by paths to gateways.
  • Depending on weather conditions it may be unsafe to cross the main stream except at the permanent bridges.

Competitors can start anytime from 11am to 1pm.

Please let us know if you are bringing a group.

Glengarra Wood is very accessible from Cork and Dublin via the M8 motorway. Parking is in the first car park on the right hand side, after you enter the woods.

* From Cork city, take the M8 northbound as far as Junction 12, signposted Mitchelstown/Kilbeheny. Take the R639 through the villages of Kilbeheny and Skeheenarinky. Glengarra Wood is on the left hand side of the road, approx. 3km from Skeheenarinky, and 500m after passing under a wide bridge.
* From Dublin/Waterford, take the M8 southbound and exit at Junction 11, signposted Kilbeheny/Skeheenarinky. Follow the R639 south, passing Kilcoran Lodge on your right. Once you pass a turn for Burncourt and Mitchelstown Caves on your left, the entrance to the woods is 500m on the right hand side of the road.

Prices: Senior €7; Student, over-65 €5; Junior €4; Family €16; Groups by request.

Hope you can join us!

Orienteering Curragh Wood, Midleton Sunday January 26th Event Info

posted 21 Jan 2020, 14:18 by Elaine Sheridan

Our first orienteering event of 2020 will take place at Curragh Wood near Midleton this Sunday January 26th.

The art of contouring might help eliminate some unnecessary climb on this steep terrain. The area will surely present its own unique challenges to all who partake. For directions and some woodland trivia check out the following link:

Course Info

Short course: 2.3km, 155m climb, 7 controls
Medium course: 4.3km, 240m climb, 13 controls
Long course: 6.7km, 470m climb, 18 controls

Map: A4, scale 1:7500, 5m contours

Some of the tracks are slightly mucky but there is good runnability as the verges have been trimmed and the briars are low.
Keep an eye out and you might spot Red Squirrel.
As the wood is popular with mountain bikers, please be careful as you cross or emerge onto paths.

Competitors can start any time between 11am and 1pm

Curragh Wood is just 3km from Midleton on the road to Lisgoold. Coming from the city take the first exit for Midleton off the N25 dual carriageway and then turn left at the first set of traffic lights. This takes you around the northern relief road to the main Midleton - Lisgoold road.

The start will be at the car park. Please note there is limited space in the car park and once this fills parking will be on a busy road. So please park on the left side only and keep close to the wood, take care while walking on the road and also be attentive when leaving after the event. As always, we'd encourage you to car pool if you can.

Hope you can join us. 

Club News and Dates for your 2020 Orienteering Diaries

posted 19 Jan 2020, 13:56 by Elaine Sheridan

Hope your new year has got off to a great start.

Here at CorkO we’ve been looking toward the year ahead and have identified some key dates for your 2020 orienteering diaries.

We all very much enjoy participating at orienteering races and we are always thrilled to see members sporting our club colours at national and international events. Many members are aware of the amount of voluntary work that clubs put into hosting these events with planning, organising and promotion. 

Last year our club hosted over 20 events throughout the year and we plan to stage a similar number again this year. We would appeal to all our members to get involved and help out when they can. Remember it is the members who make up the club!

Here’s to another successful orienteering year! 


Reminder our winter Strength and Conditioning Class with a professional trainer in Fitnessworx gym on the Tramore Road continues every Monday until the end of March.

When:-       8pm on Monday evenings
Start-date:- Monday 6th January
Duration:-   12 weeks
Cost:-         CorkO members €75 non-members €90 

Our social committee has decided we are overdue a meetup so to kick off the new year we're planning to dine out in Cork city on Friday 24th of January

All members are welcome to attend and full details are as follows:

Date: Friday 24th January 7:30pm
Venue: Amicus, Paul Street Cork

The meal will be partially subsided by the club.

If you haven’t already signed up please do let me know if you can make it as we will need to confirm numbers with the restaurant.


We know our members take great pride in wearing our club colours at local, national and international events. Our new CorkO tops and jackets have proved so popular that our stocks are already depleted.

To keep up with demand we are planning on placing another order with Bryzos in the coming weeks. So, if you would like to invest in one of our snazzy new CorkO-tops or a comfy club jacket so that you look smart where ever you orienteer then please let me know. You can check out the design and sizing at the following link on our website:

Curragh Wood Sunday January 26th
Munster League #2 Glengarra Wood Sunday February 23rd
Training Event Saturday March 7th TBC
Blackrock Urban Race Sunday March 29th
Leinster Championships Sunday April 5th
Munster Championships Sunday April 26th


The club enjoyed a very successful trip to Fermanagh and surrounding counties for last years Irish Champs and we are already looking forward to this year’s championships which will be held in Co Kerry from Friday May 1st to Monday May 4th

Day 1: Muckross House Estate Sprint Championship

Day 2: Cappanalea Middle Distance
Day 3: An Cruachan Classic Distance
Day 4: Knockeer House Estate Relay Championships

CorkO will be hosting the Classic Distance race on our challenging Crohane Lake map.

We hope to have a big representation from CorkO at this year’s championships in both the individual and relay races.

We will also be looking for volunteers to assist with the logistics involved in planning and organising the Classic Distance event. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who is willing to lend a hand on the day.


As usual our Summer League will run from Tuesday May 12th to Tuesday July 21st.

Please do encourage your friends, family and work colleagues to take advantage of the long summer evenings and enjoy an orienteering adventure with us.

With 11 events to plan and organise we are keen to recruit volunteers to help with these tasks. If you are willing to get involved and would consider planning or organising one of these events we would be thrilled to hear from you!

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