Urban Series #1: Ballyphephane/The Lough Sunday November 27th

posted 20 Nov 2022, 16:18 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 20 Nov 2022, 16:19 ]

This winter CorkO have planned a mini Urban series of events. This series will take participants to three great Urban locations.

Urban Series #1: Ballyphephane/The Lough Sunday November 27th 
Urban Series #2: Blackrock Sunday January 8th
Urban Series #3: Kinsale Sunday February 12th

So why not join us on some Urban adventures this winter.

The first event in our Urban series will take place on the south side of Cork city on Sunday 27th November.

This is a new map of Ballypheane and the Lough mapped by Pat Healy funded by the Irish Orienteering Association and the Sports Council. 

There will be three courses on offer on the day

Short 1km
Medium 4km
Long 6km

The short course is all within Tory Top Park on a 1:1250 scaled map and is suitable for children and beginners 

The medium and long courses are on open roads with traffic, please take care crossing roads. Both courses use a 1:5000 map and visit streets, lanes and housing estates. The long course contains several route choices and the covered distance will be longer than 6km.

Participants can start anytime from 10.30 to 12.00pm

Controls will be collected at 13.00.

Online entry is now open for this event at the following link:

So why not avoid any registration queues on the day and eliminate the need to carry cash and enter online before the online entry closes on Friday November 24th at 11am.

Event registration, start and finish will be in Tory top park, Ballyphephane.

There is limited parking in the car park so it is recommended to park on Connolly road on the east side of the park.

Hope you can join us for an Urban adventure.

Orienteering Knocknagalty, Limerick Sunday October 2nd Event Info

posted 27 Sept 2022, 14:35 by Elaine Sheridan

Cork Orienteering Club will host a local event this coming Sunday October 2nd at Knocknagalty, (Galty Wood), near Kilbeheny on the Limerick/Tipperary border. Mixed forestry, good road/track network. 

SportIdent electronic timing (non-SIAC) will be used.



Blue Course - 6.5km - 15 Controls - 225m climb

Light Green Course - 4.3km - 16 Controls - 135m climb

Red Course - 3.5km - 11 Controls - 100m climb

Yellow Course - 2.4km - 8 Controls - 60m climb



Competitors can start anytime from 11am to 12.30pm.

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.

Please take care as you drive into the forest as there may be runners on road.



Participants can entry online here:
The online entry will close 6pm on Friday September 30th

Why not take the hassle out of registration on the day and enter online entry in advance.


Senior €8; Student €5; Over-65 €5; Junior €5; Family €15; SI-Card Hire €2. Groups rates by request.

Hope you can join us!

Autumn League #5: UCC Campus, Cork City TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH Event Info

posted 17 Sept 2022, 03:42 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 17 Sept 2022, 03:48 ]

The fifth and final event in CorkO Autumn League will take place on Tuesday September 20th on UCC Campus in Cork city.

The courses are 'sprint' courses so a little shorter than normal.

Long Course 2.6km
Short Course 1.5km.

There is a road crossing on the course so please be careful when crossing the road. 
There will also still be movement of people on campus so be careful when running.

Participants can entry online here:

The online entry will close 9pm on Sunday September 18th

Why not take the hassle out of registration on the day and enter online entry in advance.

The registration/start at the event will be located outside the Hub building on main campus.

Start anytime from 5:30pm to 7pm. Courses close at 7:30pm. 

Parking can be limited in UCC, so if people are looking for free car parking then the UCC satellite car park located in the Presentation college sports grounds is a good option, and its just a 1km walk to registration (the hub) from there. Map below for clarity.

If people want to use public transport then the 205, 208 and 220 buses all pass UCC.

The following summer league finishers can collect their league finisher memento on Tuesday evening.

Aobh Gallagher
Isla O'Sullivan
Kai O'Sullivan
Denis Power
Ellen Feehan
Gerald Duffy
Gytis Krisciunas
Jim Callanan
Jonathan Lucey
Mary Curran
Simon Murphy
Suzanne Quirke
Ted Feehan

Hope you can join us.

Calling All 2022 Summer League Finishers

posted 12 Sept 2022, 17:17 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 12 Sept 2022, 17:17 ]

All those who participated in at least five of the seven CorkO Summer League events have successfully completed the 2022 Summer League and are eligible to receive our unique 2022 league finisher memento.

In a break from our traditional Summer League finisher t-shirt this year's league finishers will received a stylish water bottle (see image below) which will no doubt come in useful at future events. Made from high quality stainless steel, it features a double-wall construction to keep drinks hot or cold for longer.

This year we had over 30 league finishers and our league finisher water bottles will be available to collect from today September 13th at the Cork Showgrounds Autumn League event. 

If your name appears on the list below be sure to come along today or to our final Autumn League event on September 20th at UCC to pick up your hard earned league finisher water bottle.

Congratulations to all those listed below who completed the CorkO 2022 Summer League. 

2022 Summer League Finishers
Abbey Collins
Daithi Collins
Ruadh Collins
Aobh Gallagher
Aoife Mannix
Deirdre Mannix
Ber O'Sullivan
Cathy Kennedy
Chiara Bosonnet
David Bosonnet
Sean Bosonnet
Dan McDonnell
Danny O'Hare
Fionn O'Hare
Oisin O'Hare
Isla O'Sullivan
Kai O'Sullivan
Denis Power
Elaine Sheridan
Ellen Feehan
Eric Curry
Gerald Duffy
Gytis Krisciunas
Jim Callanan
John Mulcahy
Jonathan Lucey
Kieran O'Callaghan
Liam O'Brien
Liz Deane
Mary Curran
Mary O'Brien
Robert O'Connor
Pat Cadogan
Patrick Murphy
Simon Murphy
Suzanne Quirke
Ted Feehan
William Curry
Willie Fitzgerald

Sun Shines on Cliona's Event

posted 12 Sept 2022, 13:56 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 12 Sept 2022, 13:57 ]

The sun shone brightly in Doneraile Park on the morning of Sunday September 4th, attracting a large crowd to take part in the Cliona Callanan Memorial Orienteering Event in aid of the Cork Children's Leukaemia Association. It was great to see so many smiling, happy people return to the popular event and bask in the glorious sunshine in the beautiful surroundings of Doneraile Park. With three courses on offer, ranging from a 2.5km Short course and a 3.5km Medium course to the more competitive 4.9km Long course, there was something to suit all the family.

First three home in each category were as follows:

Long Course: 4.9km - 22 Controls
1. Frank O'Brien 33.33
2. Liam O'Brien 34.58
3. John Scannell 39.54

Medium Course: 3.5km - 16 Controls
1. Fiachra Carey 26.07
2. Caoimhe Carey 26.42
3. Emily Sheedy 34.56

Short Course: 2.5km - 12 Controls
1. Ruaidhri O'Brien 18.43
2. Fionn O'Hare 25.03
3. Seanán Crean 26.34

Full results available on

But everyone was a winner on this special day in memory of Cliona.
An honourable mention to the Harding family from Castletownroche who took part, all 19 of them, well done everyone.

Over 120 people took part raising over €1650 in a few hours, a fantastic achievement. Sincere thanks to everyone who took part or supported us in any way.

If anybody would like to donate they can do so directly through the Children's Leukaemia Association website (

Thanks also to the OPW and staff of Doneraile Park, Cork Orienteering Club, Cork Schools Orienteering Association, and Liam O'Brien (Maps).

Special thanks to the Sleeman-Power, O Leary Fitzpatrick, Lucey and Callanan families.


Autumn League #4: Cork Showgrounds, Curraheen TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH Event Info

posted 8 Sept 2022, 13:44 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 8 Sept 2022, 13:44 ]

The fourth event in our Autumn league will take place on Tuesday September 13th at the Cork Showgrounds in

The format of this weeks courses will be a little different as both courses will start with a challenge to navigate through a mini orienteering grid exercise before embarking on your regular orienteering course.

Short Course
Will consist of a short easy training exercise followed by a normal 2.1km course and will be buggy friendly. 

Long Course
Starts with a slightly more difficult  training exercise than the short course followed by a 4.5km course on flat fields. 

When competitors are finished their course they're invited to attempt to complete the technically most difficult training exercises (short grid courses) in their own time afterwards.

Participants can entry online here:

The online entry will close 9pm on Sunday September 11th

Why not take the hassle out of registration on the day and enter online entry in advance.

Start anytime from 5pm to 6:30pm. Courses close at 7:30pm. 

Take Junction 2 off the N40. Once off the N40 follow signs for Curraheen Village – do not take the road to the greyhound stadium. Turn off the roundabout near Marymount Hospice for Curraheen. After 800m the orienteering event will be signposted on the right before you enter Curraheen village.

Hope you can join us.

Autumn League #3: Moanbaun Wood, Watergrasshill TUESDAY September 6th Event Info

posted 3 Sept 2022, 15:30 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 3 Sept 2022, 15:37 ]

The third event in the CorkO Autumn League will take place at Moanbaun Wood near Watergrasshill on Tuesday September 6th.

The area has been 
completely remapped as it has completely changed since the last event was run there and so most control site are new.

The landscape in Moanbaun Wood is mixture of semi-open forest, rough undergrowth, and open forest with a good road network, many earth walls and some streams.

Long 4.3km
Short 3.2km, buggy friendly

There is negligible climb.

Start anytime from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.


Participants can entry online here:

The online entry will close 9pm on Sunday September 4th

Why not take the hassle out of registration on the day and enter online entry in advance.

The wood is about 3km East of Watergrasshill. If travelling from Cork city, exit the M8 Dublin motorway at Watergrasshill (at junction 17, BEFORE the toll), use the bridge to cross over the
motorway, turn left, and after 500m take the right turn for Leamlara/Kartworld. Follow this road for 3.5km.

From Fermoy/Mitchelstown/Cahir, exit the M8 just after the toll, go straight through the roundabout and take the left after 100m (signposted Leamlara/Kartworld). Follow this road for 3.5km.

The event will be signed posted from Watergrasshill.

Parking on the left side of the road only.

Hope you can join us!

Annual Cliona Callanan Memorial Orienteering Event Doneraile Park Sunday September 4th

posted 31 Aug 2022, 14:36 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 31 Aug 2022, 15:34 ]

The 2nd event in the CorkO Autumn League will take place on Sunday September 4th in Doneraile Park. This is the 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.

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.


Long, 5.00km
Medium, 3.5km
Short, 2.5km

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 10:30am and 1pm.

Registration will take place in the park beside the map information board.
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 #1: Fota House and Gardens Tuesday August 30th Event Info

posted 28 Aug 2022, 11:50 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 28 Aug 2022, 11:50 ]

The first event in the CorkO Autumn League will take place on Tuesday August 30th at Fota House and Gardens

Fota's arboretum and gardens are internationally recognised and have the finest collections of rare and tender trees and shrubs grown outdoors in Ireland and Britain and I'm sure their colours will provide a stunning backdrop for Tuesday's orienteering event.

This beautiful parkland terrain provides an ideal location to commence our Autumn League. With a good network of paths the area is very buggy friendly. This location always proves popular with families and is a delightful area for beginners and those new to the sport to embark on some orienteering adventures. The Sprint-O nature of the landscape will also provide several challenges for our experienced orienteers and the fast pace will mean that every second really will count.

  • Short 2km, Buggly friendly, mostly paths or just off them.
  • Score - Odds and Evens
    • Time Limit - 40 minutes
    • Cannot get 2 even numbered controls consecutively or two odd numbered controls consecutively i.e. must get even/odd/even/odd...
    • Penalty for getting consecutive evens or consecutive odds
The flat parkland terrain at Fota means the climb is negligible on both courses.

Controlled collected at 7:30pm

Fota is one of the only orienteering events in the country that you can get to directly by train! Timetables on

If travelling by car from Cork city take the N25 East and take the exit for Cobh. The entrance to the House and Gardens will be on your right as you travel along the R624. Take care with the bends on the road.

Further directions and area trivia are available here:

Registration will be in near car park to vehicle entrance.and you can start anytime from 5.30pm - 6:45pm. 


Entry fees are €5 Juniors/Students/Seniors, €7 Adult and €15 Family.

Participants can entry online here:

The online entry will close 9pm on Sunday August 28th

Why not take the hassle out of registration on the day and enter online entry in advance.

If you are bringing your car, bear in mind that there is a €3 charge to exit the car park, so remember to bring your €1 and €2 coins as these are all that are accepted. Car pool if you can.


The 2022 Summer League Prizegiving will take place at 7:10pm at this event.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the Mens/Ladies categories on the Long Course and the top three finishers on the Short course. All Short course league finishers will receive medals.

Hope you can join us at Fota.


2022 Summer League Prize Winners

posted 24 Aug 2022, 15:56 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 25 Aug 2022, 05:55 ]

Cork Orienteering Club is delighted with the success of our 2022 Summer Orienteering League. We very much appreciate the support from the many individuals and families who regularly made the journey every Tuesday evening to the various destinations throughout the city and county. 

On the competitive side of things we had seven fiercely competitive events and many worthy event winners. The overall league which required competitors to complete at least five of the seven events was hugely competitive right throughout the results table. The Summer League results table can be viewed at the following link:

Prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women league finishers on the Long course and the top three finishers on the Short course. All league finishers on the Short course will be awarded medals for their great achievement.

The 2022 Summer League prizegiving will take place at our first Autumn League event in Fota House and Gardens on TUESDAY AUGUST 31st at 7:10pm. Hope you can join us as we crown our league champions and recognise our podium and league finishers.

The title of Long Course Men’s League Champion went to Jonathan Lucey and Elaine Sheridan took the title of Long Course Ladies League Champion.

The full list of Long course prize winners are:

Long Course Men's League
WINNER:            Jonathan Lucey 8pts              
Runner-Up:         Dan McDonnell 11pts
3rd:                     Gerald Duffy 16pts  

Long Course Women's League
WINNER:             Elaine Sheridan 9pts
Runner-up:          Liz Deane 24pts
3rd:                      Ber O'Sullivan 30pts

The title of Short course Champion went to Chiara Bosonnet with the minimum achievable points tally of 5!

Short Course League
WINNER:                Chiara Bosonnet 5pts
Runner-up:              Deirdre Mannix 30pts
Joint 3rd:                 Abbey Collins 36pts
                                Daithi Collins  36pts

There were 6 short course league finishers. No doubt with all this orienteering experience there will be some future orienteering stars in the making here. All the Short course finishers listed below will receive medals to mark their outstanding achievement in completing the league.

Oisin O'Hare
Aoife Mannix
Kai O'Sullivan
Isla O'Sullivan
Fionn O'Hare
Aobh Gallagher

This year we had over 30 league finishers who are all eligible to receive our unique 2022 Summer League finisher memento. The league finisher mementos will be available for collection from our third Autumn League event on September 6th at Moanbaun Wood, Watergrasshill.

We would like to once again thank all the planners and event organisers for helping stage all seven events in the league. Without them we wouldn't have a league.

Finally, we would also like to thank everyone who participated at all our league events. Without you the league wouldn't have been the success that it was. We really appreciate your support and hope you enjoyed the courses and venues we visited along the way.

Hope you have enjoyed the Autumn break and we look forward to seeing you at our first Autumn League event in Fota House and Gardens.

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