Munster League #9: Kilworth Military Ranges, Kilworth SUNDAY DECEMBER 16TH Event Info

posted 5 Dec 2018, 04:23 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 5 Dec 2018, 12:49 ]

The 9th and final event in the 2018 Munster League will take place on Sunday December 16th at Kilworth Military Ranges

The terrain is made up of exposed open moorland surrounding Kilworth army camp, interspersed with many networks of earthwalls, gullies & depressions.  The terrain ranges from sheep cropped pasture, rough open fields, gorse & tussocky moorland.  There are some wet areas of bog on some of the longer courses but even after all the rain, the going is still fast with good visibility.  

Brown: 11 km, 21 controls;
Blue: 8.4km, 20 controls:
Green: 6.8km, 18 controls
Light Green: 4.9km, 14 controls,
Red: 4.4km, 12 controls,
Orange: 3.7km, 12 controls



11am - 1pm
Courses will close at 2pm  



The event will be signposted from the Kilworth Military Camp on the R639.

Kilworth ("Lynch") army camp is adjacent to the M8 motorway. If travelling from the South, take the exit off the M8 at junction 14 and follow signs (R639) for Kilworth and Lynch army camp.

If travelling from the North, take the exit off the M8 at junction 13 and follow signs for Kilworth and Lynch army camp (R639). Parking approximately 6km from junction 13. 

The registration is at the Range area (Green shed) and there is ample parking and there will be toilet facilities.



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

This event takes place on a military training facility. Along with all the normal safety precautions extra care is necessary in this area. If during the course of your run you encounter any suspicious item – please do not pick it up. Report the details back to the registration and it will be dealt with accordingly.


Hope you can join us on the day.


Munster League #8: Glengarra Wood, Tipperary SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25TH Event Info

posted 21 Nov 2018, 01:34 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 21 Nov 2018, 01:34 ]

The eighth event in the 2018 Munster League will take place on Sunday November 25th 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           7.6km
Blue              6.2km
Green           4.9km
Light Green   3.7km
Red               2.3km
Orange          2.2km

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.

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!

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