Fingal Orienteers Club Information

Fingal Orienteers membership is drawn mainly from North Dublin city and county, Co. Meath and Co. Louth. Membership is open to everyone, whether they are interested in orienteering as an elite international sport, an adventure sport, or an excuse for a family day out in the woods and hills.

Membership fee is €20 per family or per adult individual. The membership is now a once off fee, not an annual membership, since the TIO newsletter is no longer published and distributed to members. As a club member you get IOA membership, reduced fee at most events, and ability to entry to the Irish Championships. Also the club usually pays for club relay team entries and subsidizes things like juniors travelling to international competitions, members attending orienteering related courses. There is a special membership of €10 for juniors who's parents are not members. Please contact any of the people listed here, or send us an email.

You can also email us at fin@orienteering.ie

Club meetings are held usually at 6 to 8 week intervals. We have started rotating the meetings between members houses. Watch the news page for dates. Social meetings are also held after club events at a convenient hostelry.

We also have a number of members who are keen hill-runners.

Club Personnel

Club Secretary: Tommy Burke, 2 Sycamore Ave., Beaufort Place, Navan, Co. Meath. 086 1662871. Email - fin@orienteering.ie
Club President: Jean O'Neill, Swords. 01-8405448.
Chairman, Web Site and Mapping, Hill Running Val Jones, 01-8452386,
Treasurers: Alex Bogomoletz and Bernie Sharkey, 085 7282268, 087 9162125
Assistant Secretary: Anyta Richardson, 8, Golden Ridge Walk, Rush, Co. Dublin. 01 8431220.
Equipment:Bernie Sharkey, Ciaran Young
PRO, Communications:Ian Murphy
Child Protection:Kathryn Walley

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Club History

The Club, Fingal Orienteers, was founded in April 1988, recorded in TIO, the old editions are now archived online.

tio fingal start

According to the article there were 15 original members at the meeting, which probably included Frank Flood, Lilian Quill, Fran Laverty, Brid Quigley, Gerry Smith, Fergus McDermot, Joe McDermot, John Bean, Mike O'Mahony, Doug Corrie, Mick O'Keeffe, and E(?) Mernagh.

Trim Orienteers were active at that time, they subsequently merged with Fingal in 1993. Tommy Burke and John Rowe are surviving members from Trim O.

The club went through a low patch in the late 90s with many of the founding members less active. However new members joined after 2000 and club grew again to be able to host the club's first major event, the Leinster Championship, at Carnawaddy in 2005. The club held another Leinster Championship in Rossmore in 2009, and won the Leinster inter club challenge trophy. The trophy was retained in 2011

The club hosted the Leinster Championships again in 2013 on the 25th anniversary. The venue was Cahore sandunes in Wexford. The club has probably the most dispersed maps of Leister clubs, with maps in counties Dublin, Meath, Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Longford, Kildare, Kilkenny, and Wexford. The club hosted the relay event of the Senior Home International at Carnawaddy in 2013. Preparations are now under way for the clubs biggest undertaking, the 2018 Irish Championships, to be held in Donegal.


Frank Flood

Frank Flood, Ambassador

Frank with Dave, Anyta, and Jean during the World Masters in Estonia, August 2016

Frank Flood, a founding member of our club was recently made Ambassador of Ireland to Estonia.

In 1989, Frank Flood and Francis Lafferty, both teachers at the Donahies Community School near Donaghmede, founded Fingal Orienteers , the first orienteering club in North Dublin. Many orienteers will remember Frank during the 80ís and 90ís as a regular on the orienteering circuit. In 1995 he left his job as a science teacher and joined the Department of Foreign Affairs. This was followed by stints in Ethiopia and in Boston. On his return to Ireland he divided his time between Dublin and Belfast, working for the inter-governmental division of Irish Aid. Despite his busy schedule he still managed the odd appearance at our Malahide events in September! Finally, in September 2014 Frank presented his credentials to the Estonian President as Irish ambassador. Anybody who knows Frank will know that he is an absolute gentleman with a great sense of humour. Good luck from everyone at Fingal Orienteers!