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Summer League #7: Doneraile Park Tuesday JULY 12TH Event Info

posted 9 Jul 2022, 03:32 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 9 Jul 2022, 03:46 ]

The seventh and final event in the CorkO Summer League will take place in Doneraile Park, next Tuesday July 12th.

Doneraile Park is looking resplendent in the Summer sunshine and is awaiting your presence. 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 evening and with numerous picnic tables and a large children's playground it caters well for families and offers plenty of post run entertainment. All who travel the comfortable 45 minute drive from Cork City won't be disappointed!

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COURSE INFO

Short : 2.1 km, 11 controls
Long : 4.2 km, 21 controls

IMPORTANT NOTES: 
  • Strictly no entry to deer enclosures or cattle pastures (marked Out of Bounds on the maps)
  • No entering lakes or river and no climbing or crossing stone walls (ha ha fences) or wire fences in the Park. 
  • Cross rivers by bridges only.
  • Please be aware of the potential presence of Ticks. Wear appropriate clothing and check yourself after your run.

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START TIMES

Start anytime between 5:00pm and 6:45pm.

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ENTRY

Enter on line at: https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/doneraile-park/

Entry fees and other information are available on the IOA fixture site. Online entries close at 9pm on Monday 11th. 

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Registration On The Day

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.

If you are arriving late and starting after 6.45 pm,it would be advisable to park your car outside the Park as the car park closes at 8pm sharp.

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PARKING:
Please note the car park closes at 8.00pm sharp. For those who may start at the later time, i.e. close to 6:45pm, you should consider parking (legally!) outside the park gates. There are two car parks across the road from the entrance and then you can use the pedestrian exit later.


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DIRECTIONS:
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). 

Please note t
raffic in the local area may be heavier than usual as Cahirmee Fair takes place in Buttevant during the day.

Follow the link below for a map and other park info:
http://www.corko.net/doneraile-forest-park


Summer League #6: James Fort, Kinsale TUESDAY JULY 5TH Event Info

posted 2 Jul 2022, 02:46 by Elaine Sheridan

The sixth event in the CorkO Summer League will take place at James Fort, Kinsale on Tuesday July 5th.

This historic fort is a very unique orienteering destination. The area is comprised of open hillside surrounding the pentagonal Fort with its spear shaped earthen Bastions. The earthen moat encircling the Fort can present some navigational challenges while other novel features on the map include the sandy beach and stone tunnels but don’t forget to duck when negotiating the latter. Given the compact nature of this area participants will no doubt cross paths many times over the duration of their course as they traverse the sloping hills around the fort.

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ENTRY


Entry fees and other information are available on the IOA fixture site. Online entries close at 9pm on Monday 4th. 


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COURSE INFO
To follow

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START TIMES
Start anytime from 5:30pm to 6:45pm.

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DIRECTIONS
The event will be signposted from the R600, on the road from Kinsale to Ballinspittle. As you leave Kinsale, on the south side of the bridge over the River Bandon, look for an orienteering sign pointing east towards Castlepark peninsula and JamesFort. A location map is available here:
http://www.corko.net/calendar/james-fort

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PARKING
Please note that there is a one-way system in operation on the access road to JamesFort. The road approaching The Dock bar, Dock beach and Castlepark marina will be very busy at this time of the evening. Please respect the other road users, park legally and with consideration. On leaving, follow the upper (left-hand) road away from The Dock Bar.  

Hope you can join us for some fun at the Fort.


Summer League #5: Tramore Valley Park Tuesday June 28th Event Info

posted 25 Jun 2022, 08:42 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 25 Jun 2022, 09:38 ]

The fifth event in the CorkO Summer League will take place on Tuesday June 28th at Tramore Valley Park.

The Park is located at the old Kinsale Road landfill site and is enclosed by the Tramore river, the Trabeg river and the South Ring road. The rough open land is a meadow at present, mown paths are not marked on the maps. Grass might be slippery if the weather is wet.

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COURSE INFO
Long Course 4.3km offering lots of route choice and navigation
Short Course 2.1km and can be navigated on paths although there are shorter routes (i.e. buggy friendly)

All controls from the park will be removed at 7:30pm.

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ENTRY

Enter on line at: https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/tramore-valley-park-24/

Entry fees and other information are available on the IOA fixture site. Online entries close at 9pm on Monday 27th . 

Registration will be in the western car park beside the boundary fence to the city link road.

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START TIME

Starts will be from 5:30pm to 6:45pm. 


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DIRECTIONS
Tramore Valley Park is located at the old Kinsale Road Landfill Site on the eastern side of the South Link Road (N27). 
  1. If you are coming out of Cork City on the South Link Road, just turn left into the park
  2. If you are coming from the direction of the Kinsale Road Roundabout then please note there is NO RIGHT TURN OFF THE SOUTH LINK DUAL CARRIAGEWAY into the park. Instead at the Kinsale Road Roundabout take the exit signed ‘Turners Cross’ which will take you down passed Harvey Normans, then turn right at the next junction and drive passed the entrance to the Black Ash Park and Ride. At the junction with the South Link drive straight through the traffic lights (once they turn green!) and into the park. Note: If you miss the Turner Cross exit and find yourself on the N27 heading into the city centre Do not under any circumstances attempt to turn right at the traffic lights. Proceed through the lights towards the city and take the next exit marked Turners Cross Douglas. Turn right at the top of the slip road pass over the N27 and turn right immediately to get back on the N27 you will now be able to turn left into the Park.
A location map is available here:
www.corko.net/calendar/tramore-valley-park


Hope you can join us.

Summer League #4: Regional Park Ballincollig TUESDAY JUNE 21ST Event Info

posted 19 Jun 2022, 11:54 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 20 Jun 2022, 01:47 ]

The fourth event in the Cork Orienteering Club Summer League will take place on Tuesday June 21st at the Regional Park Ballincollig. Please note this event will start from the MIDDLE CAR PARK.

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 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. Interesting route choice is provided by the limited number of crossing points along the canals and millraces which run throughout the park.

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COURSE INFO:

Short course, 3.2km, 14 controls

Buggy friendly, mostly on tarmac paths but some sections on grass

 

Long course, 5.1km, 19 controls

Wear long sleeves/pants, we won’t be sending you directly into nettle patches but there are a couple of controls that are in overgrown sections and brambles and nettles might be unavoidable. 


All controls from the park will be removed at 7:30pm.


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START TIMES

Start/registration and Finish are at the middle allotments car park.

Competitors can start any time between 5.30pm and 6:45pm.
 

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ENTRY


Entry fees and other information are available on the IOA fixture site. Online entries close at 9pm on Monday 13th . A limited number of entries will be available for last minute participants on the day.


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DIRECTIONS:

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.

Follow the link below for a map and other park info:
http://www.corko.net/calendar/ballincollig-regional-park

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. Please note that the Park gates close at 8pm. Cars still in the car park after 8pm will be locked in overnight.

As always DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES ON VIEW IN YOUR CAR.

Hope you can join us!

Summer League #3: Ballyannon Wood, Midleton Tuesday June 14th Event Info

posted 8 Jun 2022, 16:29 by Elaine Sheridan

The third event in the CorkO Summer League will take place at Ballyannon Wood in Midleton on Tuesday June 14th

Ballyannon Wood is a beautiful mature mixed woodland located at the end of Dyers Road in Midleton on the Owenacurra Esturary. It is a relatively small wood with a very extensive network of paths. The similarity between a number of these paths often causes confusion and one junction in the centre of the wood has six such paths off it. It might be beneficial to have a compass on hand to aid navigation and relocation!

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COURSE INFO

Long Course: 3.8km
Short Course: 2.2km (Buggy friendly albeit with some root ruts on a few of the paths)

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START TIMES

Competitors can start any time between 5.30pm and 6:45pm.

Controls will be collected at 7:30pm

The start will be a 5 minute walk from parking/registration. 


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ENTRY

Enter on line at: https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/ballyannon-wood-19/

Entry fees and other information are available on the IOA fixture site. Online entries close at 9pm on Monday 13th . A limited number of entries will be available for last minute participants on the day.


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DIRECTIONS

IMPORTANT: 
Parking and access to the parking area will be different from previous years.
The private road used in previous years for parking is strictly out of bounds

From Cork take the first exit off the N25 and stay on the road towards Midleton Town Centre. The event will be signed from the roundabout adjacent Midleton Park Hotel. Turn right here if approaching form Cork and follow signs. Park as directed when approaching the under pass on the narrow road to the wood. 

Registration will be near car parking. There will be a 600m walk to the start.

Hope you can join us! 
                  

Summer League #2 Fota House and Gardens TUESDAY JUNE 7th Event Info

posted 3 Jun 2022, 15:23 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 5 Jun 2022, 14:05 ]

The second event in the CorkO Summer League will take place on TUESDAY JUNE 7TH 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 Summer 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.

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COURSE DETAILS

Long Course 4.3km, 20 controls
Short Course 2.2km, 15 controls

Shorts will be fine for the long course, although there is a little undergrowth in the forest section.
Short course is mostly buggy friendly but some steps beside Fota house will need to be negotiated.

The flat parkland terrain at Fota means the climb is negligible on both courses.

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GETTING THERE
Fota is one of the only orienteering events in the country that you can get to directly by train! Timetables on www.irishrail.ie

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:
www.corko.net/calendar/fota-island

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

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

Participants can entry online at Orienteering Ireland. The online entry will close 9pm the evening before each event 

Online entry is encouraged. Entry on the day/at the event is also accepted.

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. 

So why not encourage your family, friends or colleagues to take part and enjoy a fun evening in the outdoors. Beginners and families are always welcome, and we will have experienced club members on hand to explain things on the night and help get you started in the right direction.

Hope you can join us at Fota.


Summer League #1: Currabinny Wood, Ringaskiddy Tuesday May 31st Event Info

posted 29 May 2022, 17:38 by Elaine Sheridan

The first event in the 2022 Summer League will take place on TUESDAY May 31ST at CURRABINNY WOOD, Ringaskiddy.

We'd highly recommend a visit to Currabinny Wood. This wood is located on a prominent hill on a peninsula overlooking Cork Harbour. The hillock slopes down to the sea on three sides. Legend has it that it's name commemorates a giant, Binne, whose burial chamber surmounts the hill (‘Corra’) to this day. This "Giant's grave" and an octagonal gazebo tea house are just two of the distinctive features on offer in this wood.

It is sure to present new and interesting orienteering challenges to all who partake. Just a reminder that you need to attend 5 events to receive a league finishers memento.....so why not get them in early!

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COURSE INFO
Long: <4km with lots of climb!
Short: <2km

Short is reasonably buggy friendly. 

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DIRECTIONS
For all those travelling from East Cork this weeks event is accessible via the Cross River ferry from Cobh to Passage.

The wood is located 5km from Ringaskiddy or 7km from Carrigaline. The event will be signposted from the turn off from the Carrigaline - Ringaskiddy road.

Further woodland trivia and directions are available at the link below.
www.corko.net/calendar/currabinny-woods

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START TIMES
Start anytime from 5:30pm to 6:45pm. 

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PARKING
The wood is always popular with the locals in the area and the car park isn't huge so parking can be tight. We would encourage you to car pool if you can. When parking please adhere to the directions of our parking marshals and park on the left side of the road. Please don't block the entrance to the one house on the way in and give some consideration for others who may wish to enter/exit the wood while you are on your run.

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WARNING
In previous years the midge population made their presence known in Currabinny Wood. So if you have insect repellent it would be advisable to throw it into the car just in case they are back again this year.

The fine weather off late has triggered growth in a lot of vegetation and unfortunately this also included briars!


Coming Soon To A Forest or Park Near You......the 2022 CorkO Summer Orienteering League

posted 25 May 2022, 15:25 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 25 May 2022, 15:31 ]

It's been some time but the good news is we are back and looking forward to seeing you all again. So it is now time to root out your o-shoes and dust off your SI card and get ready for some wood and parkland adventures.

It's that time of year again when the evenings are long and bright and there's now more time to play outdoors and no better way to while away an evening that at a CorkO Summer Orienteering League event. We are back and will be coming to a forest or park near you real soon.

So why not get outdoors and join us for some evening orienteering. This year's summer evening league will be kicking off on TUESDAY MAY 31ST at CURRABINNY WOOD and the league will run every Tuesday until July 12th. Each week we will be orienteering in a different forest or park in and around Cork city and county.


COURSES
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Our summer league events are fun, suitable for all the family, young and old, and irrespective of fitness levels. As usual there will be two courses on offer each evening.

1. Short (1.5km to 2.5km) which is aimed at families, juniors and beginners.
2. Long (3.5km to 4.5km)

START TIME
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You can start anytime between 5:30pm and 6:45pm at each event.
Control collection will commence at 7:30pm

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

Participants can entry online at Orienteering Ireland. The online entry will close 9pm the evening before each event 

Online entry is encouraged. Entry on the day/at the event is also accepted.

So if your looking for a healthy, fun, outdoor activity to fill the long summer evenings then why not encourage your family, friends or colleagues to take part and enjoy a fun evening in the woods. Beginners and families are always welcome, and we will have someone on hand at each event to show you the ropes. Furthermore, if anyone would like some flyers or a poster to help promote the league in your workplace please let me know and I'll get some to you.

2022 FIXTURES
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Here are the locations that will be visited in the 2022 Cork Orienteering Club Summer League:

SL#1: May 31st  Currabinny Wood, Ringaskiddy

SL#2: June 7th Fota House and Gardens, Fota
SL#3: June 14th Ballyannon Wood, Midleton
SL#4: June 21st Regional Park Ballincollig
SL#5: June 28th Tramore Valley Park, Cork City

SL#6: July 5th James Fort, Kinsale
SL#7: July 12th Doneraile Park, Doneraile

Remember you need to attend 5 events to complete the league and receive a league finisher memento.

FURTHER INFO
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The full fixture list and the online entry for each event can be found at the following link: www.orienteering.ie/fixture/
Specific details on each event will be posted on our website:  www.corko.net
You can also follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/cork.orienteering

Hope you can join us in Currabinny Wood when the league kicks off.

CorkO AGM - TUESDAY MAY 10TH, 7:30pm at NEMO RANGERS, CORK

posted 8 May 2022, 04:03 by Elaine Sheridan

All members are invited to attend our 2022 CorkO AGM where we'll discuss the club plans for 2022 and beyond.

MEETING DETAILS
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DATE:     Tuesday May 10th
TIME:     7:30pm
LOCATION: Nemo Rangers

AGENDA
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The agenda for the evening will include

1) Outgoing officers reports
2) Election of new committee
   - Chairperson
   - Secretary
   - Treasure
   - Fixtures Secretary
   - Child Protection Officer
   - Communications Officer
   - Mapping Officer
   - Ordinary Committee Members
3) Open discussion on future events
4) Any Other Business

Please e-mail me at corko@orienteering.ie prior to the meeting if you wish to be
- Nominated for a committee position
- Add any additional items to the agenda or
- Raise any motions for discussion at the AGM

If you can't make this meeting but wish to assist with the club organisation or event planning/organisation please e-mail me at corko@orienteering.ie prior to the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Irish Orienteering Championships 2022

posted 24 Apr 2022, 05:33 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 24 Apr 2022, 05:33 ]

The Irish Orienteering Championships is approaching fast. Just five sleeps to go before the first event of the weekend festival of orienteering kicks off. With 460+ orienteers named on the start list it is sure to be an action packed weekend.

The full orienteering program for the May Bank holiday weekend in Kerry includes:

Day 1: SPRINT RACE Friday 29th April Muckross House Estate
Day 2: MIDDLE DISTANCE Saturday 30th April Cappanalea
Day 3: CLASSIC DISTANCE Sunday 1st May Crohane Lake.
Day 4: RELAY RACE Monday 2nd May Knockeer House Estate

The final start list and event final information have been published on the event website at the following link:
https://irishorienteeringchampionships.org/

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