Urban Series #2: Blackrock Urban O Sunday JANUARY 8TH

posted 3 Jan 2023, 13:48 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 3 Jan 2023, 16:16 ]

Cork Orienteering Club invite you to join us on SUNDAY JANUARY 8TH for the second event in our Urban Series at Blackrock/Marina. The event will start at the Atlantic Pond adjacent to Pairc Ui Chaoimh

So be sure to add this date to your 2023 orienteering diaries.

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.


There will be three courses on offer on the day:

Long Course         6.2km
Medium Course    3km
Short Course        1.5km




Private gardens and other private areas are marked Olive green on the map and are designated
"Area with forbidden access". Please respect all private property and do not enter these areas.


Competitors can start anytime from 11am to 1pm.

Pre Entry

Competitors can pre-entry for the event here:

Pre-Entries Close -  06/01/2023 @ 19:00 PM

Competitors can also enter on the day at registration.

Entry Fees
Senior €7
Student and Over-65 €5
Juniors €4
Family €15 (Maximum of 2 Adults and no more than 5 family members)

We look forward to welcoming you to the Blackrock area.

Christmas Fun Event: Regional Park Ballincollig WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28TH

posted 27 Dec 2022, 07:42 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 27 Dec 2022, 07:43 ]

There is one final orienteering event in the CorkO calendar for 2022 and that is our Christmas Fun Event on Wednesday December 28th in the Regional Park Ballincollig.

This event will be suitable for all the family so please encourage your family and friends to join us on our final outdoor adventure of the year.


This will be a SCORE event with a 45 minute time limit.

Competitors have to visit as many of the 25 controls in any order they like within the time limit allowed.

There will be a penalty of 10 points subtracted for every minute a participant goes over the allotted 45 minutes maximum.

There are 25 controls spread over the course, with points ranging from 5 points for those controls closest to the starting point, ranging up to 30 points for controls furthest away from the starting point.

All competitors will have to plan the best route to get as high a score as possible within the time limit.

Don't forget your watch to avoid losing any hard earned points! A clear head and some strategic planning might also be useful on the day to determine how to get the maximum points on offer.


Start will be from the MIDDLE CAR PARK between 11 and 12pm sharp. 

Registration will be open from 11am so please come early to register and warm up.

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.

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.

If you get some new O-gear for Christmas there is no better place to test it out then at our Christmas Fun Event. So why not join us on the day and work off that Christmas dinner! It is our last event of the year and is sure to be a fun and social gathering.

Happy Christmas from all at CorkO

Orienteering @ Kilworth Military Ranges Sunday December 11th Event Info

posted 4 Dec 2022, 17:14 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 4 Dec 2022, 17:16 ]

The next CorkO event will take place on Sunday December 11th 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.   


A Long course - 10.8km - 25c
B Medium Long course - 8.1km - 17c
C Medium course - 5.9km - 14c
D Short course - 3.1km - 8c

Courses A / B / C will have some forking on them. It is clear from the map how this will operate. 

There will be a mass start on the A / B / C courses at 11:30am. 

The D course will operate as a punching start between 11:30am and 12:30pm

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.

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 December 9th at 6pm.

Adults: €7 / person
Children: €5 / child
Student: €5 / student
Unwaged: €5 / person
OAP: €5 / person
Family Discount: €15 (Maximum of 2 Adults and no more than 5 family members / family)

Kilworth Ranges in mid December can be a very exposed location - depending on weather conditions on the day - the organisers may insist on wearing rainjacket/cagoule & headwear. Be prepared for all weather conditions.

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.  CorkO are grateful to the Army & Ministry of Defence for allowing us permission to hold this event.

Hope you can join us on the day.

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!

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