Blackrock Urban-O, Cork City, SUNDAY January 30th Event Info

posted 20 Jan 2022, 15:02 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 23 Jan 2022, 14:50 ]

Cork Orienteering Club invite you to join us on SUNDAY JANUARY 30TH at our Blackrock Urban Orienteering Race. The event will start in Beaumont Park.

So be sure to add this date to your orienteering diaries.

In a change from our usual events which typically take place in forests, parks or on open mountain terrain, at this event competitors will be navigating their way around the streets, parks and estates in the Blackrock area of Cork City. There will be courses to suit all levels of orienteering experience as well as all ages and fitness levels.

Urban orienteering has its own set of unique challenges for orienteers to master. In particular the map will have a few different features to be aware of. The new map is drawn to ISSOM 2007 standards so it will be forbidden to cross any of the following features on the map:

    - Dark green: impassable vegetation
    - Thick black line: impassable wall or fence
    - Olive green: area with forbidden access
    - Hatched purple: out-of-bounds area
    - Water features outlined in black: uncrossable body of water

We would also ask all participants to refrain from entering private property or water channels, or hopping any walls higher than waist-height.


There will be four courses on offer on the day:

Long Course 5.4km
Medium Course 4.6km
Short Course 3km
Adventure Course 1.8km

There will be no road closures for the event so participants should take care near moving traffic and exercise caution when crossing roads on the Long, Medium and Short courses. As a result all competitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult on these courses. For these courses distances above are based on straight line between controls. Real course length is likely to be at least 40% more based on optimal route choice and longer again based on non-optimal route choices! 

As the Adventure course has no road crossing it is suitable for all ages young and old.


Competitors can start anytime from 10am to 12pm.

Pre Entry

This event is pre-entry only and competitors can enter here:

Entries Close -  28/01/2022 @ 23:59 PM

Senior €7
Student and Over-65 €5
Juniors €4
Family €16

Electronic punching will be used for this event and SI-Card Hire is €2.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Blackrock area.

Christmas Fun Event, Currabinny Wood Monday December 27th

posted 16 Dec 2021, 02:38 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 22 Dec 2021, 15:57 ]

Our Christmas Orienteering event will take place on Monday 27TH December at Currabinny Woods.

The event will be "score" format - where competitors will have to punch as many controls as possible within the time limit.

There will be 16 controls located in and around Currabinny and competitors will have 40 minutes to visit as many of these as they can. There will additionally be some bonus controls. (details available on the day!). Regular controls will have 10 points and bonus controls will have 20 points.

There will be a 5 points bonus for each minute under the 40 minutes provided you have got all of the controls. 

penalty of 10 points will apply for every minute over the 40 minutes no matter how many controls you get.

There will be a Mass Start at 11.30 at the William Baldwin Plaque beside the carpark.

Additionally there will be a Buggy friendly Yellow course available for starts between 10.30 and 11.15

Registration is online at the following link:

There is no entry fee for this event. However, there will be a charity bucket at the start if folks wish to make a donation on the day. All proceeds received on the day will be split between Cork Penny Dinners and Unicefs Vaccines Fund.

Controls will be collected at 1:00pm .

Hope you can join us and don't forget your stopwatch!

Happy Christmas!

Form all at CorkO!

Galty Castle Wood Sunday November 28th Event Info

posted 10 Nov 2021, 13:41 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 10 Nov 2021, 13:49 ]

Hard to believe it but our first event of 2021 will take place on Sunday November 28th at Galty Castle Wood, Limerick.

Galty Castle is located on the southern slopes of the Galty Mountains. The area was once the site of Galty Castle and was built in 1740. The Castle was demolished around 1940 and the stone was then used to build the local church in Glanworth. All that remains as evidence of the estate are some red sandstone stables, an outline of the tennis courts and stone alcove referred to locally as ‘Kingston’s Chair’. 

The terrain is mixed forestry with a good road/track network.

Course Info
Long 7.5km (challenging)
Medium 3.8km
Short 2.4km

Start Times
Competitors can start any time from 11am to 1pm.

This event is pre-entry only and competitors can enter here:

Entries Close -  26/11/2021 @ 23:59 PM

Entry Fees
Adults: €7 / person
Children: €4 / child
Student: €5 / student
OAP: €5 / person
Family Discount: €16 (Maximum of 2 Adults and no more than 5 family members / family)

Galty Wood is very accessible from Cork (~40 minutes) and Dublin (~2hours) via the M8 motorway.

* 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.

COVID Guidelines
Please familiarize yourself with the current orienteering COVID guidelines here.

Hope you can join us!

Munster Championships 2021

posted 6 Nov 2021, 17:40 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 6 Nov 2021, 17:40 ]

The 2021 Munster Orienteering Championships, hosted by Bishopstown Orienteering Club, are taking place in a number of woods near Fermoy, Co. Cork this Sunday Nov 7th, 2021.

The competition area consists of 3 separate woods - Glenabo, Coolroe and Knockananig and is sure to provide a great challenge to all on the day.

Lots of CorkO members will be donning the club colours this Sunday as they embark on some eagerly awaited competitive action.

Best of luck to all our members competing in the 2021 Munster Championship. 

We hope you enjoy the terrain and the challenge ahead.

Controller Workshop

posted 4 Nov 2021, 16:47 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 4 Nov 2021, 16:47 ]

The IOA has linked up with NIOA to deliver a Controller Workshop suitable for all orienteers.

To find out what the controller does for you and how understanding the controller role can help you in your future events then sign up for this free on-line workshop series.

The three sessions in the Controller Workshop series take place on:

Tuesday November 9th 8pm
Tuesday November 16th 8pm
Tuesday November 23rd 8pm

To register and obtain the link, e-mail Mark at

Irish Orienteering Association AGM - Saturday May 29th at 5pm

posted 12 May 2021, 05:35 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 12 May 2021, 05:35 ]

The AGM of the Irish Orienteering Association will take place on Saturday 29th May at 5pm.

Zoom will be in use again this year.

Notice of the Agenda and Motions for the AGM were posted on the IOA website last Friday.

This information can be viewed at the link below.

We would encourage everyone to register to attend the AGM on the 29th. The link to do this is here:

IOC Virtual Relay 2021

posted 28 Apr 2021, 16:17 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 28 Apr 2021, 16:18 ]

Almost a year has passed since the IOA marked the lack of IOC 2020 with a virtual relay, they never thought we would be in a similar place a year later.

This weekend the IOA will be running the IOC Virtual Relay again. The plan is to give competitors a little more flexibility this year and run at any point on Saturday 1st May or Sunday 2nd May, submitting your entries by Sunday evening.

They are hoping to beat last years record entry of over 200 runners. You run, jog or walk a 2km circular route – it is important that you finish where you start. No maps or navigating required!

So why not join in this weekend with the IOC Virtual Orienteering Relay event. Full details are listed below.

Teams consist of three runners and run times will be graded according to their age category. This is explained further here. By using age grading we hope that all your members will benefit and every member of your club from the youngest to the oldest member will join in the fun!

There is also the possibility for each participant to enter their run for a second team with friends or family from different clubs under the mixed category.

There is a link to the google entry form here which must be completed by each team member, ensuring the team name is consistent! Entry deadline is Friday 30th April at midnight.

Trees For Cliona

posted 20 Mar 2021, 08:24 by Elaine Sheridan

Since 2006, the Callanan family and friends have organised the Clíona Callanan Memorial Orienteering Event in Doneraile Park to raise funds for the Children’s Leukaemia Association. Sadly, this event like so many others couldn’t happen in 2020.

So in 2021 the Callanan family are embarking on a new project.

March 21st to 27th is National Tree Week and in normal times there would be lots of wonderful planting events taking place during the week. This year everything must proceed on a more low-key basis.

However, during National Tree Week the Callanan family will be undertaking their own magnificent planting venture.

They are hoping to plant 300 native trees in their field to mark Clíona’s 30th birthday, which they celebrated in January. Throughout the week, they will be planting Alder, Birch, Crabapple, Hawthorn, Hazel, Oak, Rowan, Scots Pine, Wild Cherry and Willow.

You can lend your support to this beautiful and fitting tribute to Cliona by visiting their GoFundMe page at the following link:
All money raised from this project will go to the Children’s Leukaemia Association.

The Children’s Leukaemia Association supports and assists families in every way possible during and after their child’s treatment for leukaemia and other cancers. The CLA receive no government funding and rely entirely on voluntary contributions from the public.

You can visit their website to find out more on the great work being carried out by this association.

DIY Orienteering

posted 15 Feb 2021, 15:12 by Elaine Sheridan

DIY orienteering lets you try out an orienteering event, in your own time, for free! If any of the courses listed below are near you then why not try them out. You can access the map via the links below. Print it out and try to find your way around. 

How does it work?

There are three types of courses:

Virtual Courses
These are generally old events which orienteering clubs have made public. There are no fixed markers. If you think you are in the right location, just move on and look for the next point! These are an excellent way to try out a real orienteering course in your own time, without any pressure.

Permanent Courses
These courses have fixed markers which tell you if you are in the right location. These are great for trying out the more complicated courses which you can find at a real-life event. Find out more about permanent courses.

App-based Courses
Simply download the app, open the course and run around. The app will tell you when you reach the correct location. Apps currently in use include ‘Sporteering’ and ‘MapRunF’. See further information on instructions on using MapRunF in the attachment below.

In all cases, you can run as often as you wish. Try to beat your time from your previous attempt! Submit your time on our leaderboard and challenge your friends or family!

Where can I go in Cork?

Blackrock (App-Based Courses)
Navigate your way around the streets, parks and estates in the Blackrock area of Cork City. 

Course Options
Long: 4.2km, 16 controls
Short: 1km (Beaumount Park), 17 controls
Short On Paths:  <1km Beaumount Park, 10 controls

Regional Park Ballincollig (Permanent Courses)

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 parkland area is very flat and has a good arrangement of large paths making the area buggy friendly.

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. On its banks and hidden in the woods can be see the remains of the sixty or so stone buildings which made up the mills complex. 

Course Options
Long: 15 controls
Medium: 10 controls
Short: 5 controls

Maps available at the following link:

Farran Forest Park (Permanent Courses)

Located on the southern shore of Inniscarra lake and provides panoramic views of the tranquil waters and surrounding countryside.

The forest itself is comprised of a fine network of paths making the area very suitable for first time orienteers and ideal for families particularly those with young children with plenty of buggy friendly paths. The adventure playground a short distance from the car park can also provide some post course entertainment for the younger competitors.

A notable feature is the wildlife enclosure which holds a small herd of Red and Fallow deer which can easily be viewed from the path which skirts the boundary fence. The diversity of tree species in the wood provides a wide variety of very distinctive odd trees which are frequently used as control sites. The off the paths terrain is fast runnable forest however there is some repetitive crag detail which can often cause some confusion.

Course Options

Medium: 3.3km, 16 controls
Short: 1.5km ,10 controls

Maps available at the following link:

Find more information on other DIY Orienteering courses at the following link:

Mapping Workshops for First Time Mappers

posted 14 Feb 2021, 04:20 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 14 Feb 2021, 04:38 ]

Hope everyone is keeping well. It has been some time since we've had the opportunity to orienteer but I hope you are all finding new ways to keep active and stay fit.

If you've missed the challenge of reading maps then perhaps you might be interested in considering a new map related challenge.

If you would like to learn a new skill in 2021 then why not consider mapping!

The IOA is pleased to announce a series of introductory mapping workshops aimed at the first-time mappers. Over a progressive series of four workshops participants will be learn to:

  1. Complete an urban sprint orienteering map that complies to international standards.
  2. Complete an orienteering map of a park / school grounds.
  3. Geo-reference and make small updates to any orienteering map
Each workshop will last 90 minutes. It will run from 7.30pm to 9pm. The 4 workshop dates are:

Feb 22nd, March 1st, March 8th and March 15th.

Each participant will be given an OCAD 2020 license for 6 weeks beginning Feb 20th.The booking link for Club Members is (cost is only €25)

Booking Link for non Club Members is ( cost is €50)

To access the event the password is 'ocad2018'

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