Summer, Autumn, Winter 2009/2010.

Club Meeting, Tuesday, 16th Feb, 9 PM, Foxes Den, Ashbourne.

We had a dry day and about 130 competitors for a very enjoyable event in Castletown House on the 7th of February. Ian Murphy was planner and Sarah Ni Ruairc was organiser. The event went off very smoothly even though many of the club stalwards such as Tommy, Bernie, Alex and Ray were not there. The teas and coffees provided by Anyta were greatly appreciated, and the hot chocolate was a big hit with the kids. Thanks to all who helped out, including Ian, Sarah, Anyta, Dave, Fiach, Rory, Jim, Val, Deirdre, Jean, and Kathryn. Results are here. Nice to see a Fingal runner winning the Long course.

Castletown event - 7th February. Ian Murphy is planning it, Sarah Ni Ruairc is organiser and controller.
There will be three courses on offer: Long, Medium and Short.
Starts from 11am and courses close at 3pm.
Prices are €8 for adults, €4 for students/juniors/OAPs/unwaged and €20 for families. There will be free entry for OPW staff and their families on production of a valid OPW staff ID card.
Punch cards will be used, not SI.
Parking will be in the same location as before, i.e. the car park behind the house itself. Access will be via the roundabout at the M4. There will be pedestrian access only from Celbridge village. The event will be sign-posted from the M4 (exit 2a signposted Leixlip (West) and Celbridge (West)). Anyone getting public transport can get a 67 or 67a bus to the pedestrian gate in Celbridge village itself.
The coffee shop in the house will not be open.

Photos from Rossmore Training Weekend

The Rossmore Training weekend took place last weekend. Everyone had a great time as well as learning a lot of the basic techniques for improving orienteering navigation. Right up until a few days before the weekend it was doubtful if we could go ahead because of the weather and our original accomodation was flooded. However thanks to Bernie we managed to contact Armagh Hostel who were delighted to have us. When we arrived at Rossmore the gates of the forest were locked, due to ice in car park the previous week - but it was fine when we were there. Luckily we had the tent to put up in the carpark to serve as a base. On Saturday we did a series of exercises mainly devised by Fiach - Compass work, thumbing the map, pacing, following a line, aiming off, relocating, and contours.

On the Sunday we had planned to do a course from the Leinster Championships - but someone (!) left the maps in the hostel. So another course was quickly planned and set up. It was still a pretty technical standard and a step-up from what most of the juniors were used to. When that was finished we had a bit of fun with a micro-o course that Fiach set up in the car park.

Hopefully you all know by now that Alex and Bernie's celebrations have been postponed from last Saturday until the 27th of February. due to the snow and ice. All club members are invited to Fingallians GAA club in Swords that night, so keep the date free, and hopefully we'll have better weather then

At this stage there is no point in deciding what to do about next weekend's training event. It's currently raining here in North Dublin but we don't know what it will be like at the end of the week. We will decide later in the week, so check this site, and your email and text messages.

Happy New Year to all club members

Congratulations to Bernie and Alex who got married in Paris before Christmas. They are having a party in Fingallians GAA club in Swords on Saturday, January 9th.

Next up on the club Agenda is a training weekend in Rossmore on the 16th and 17th of January.

St Anne's Night O Event Results

The next Fingal event is a night orienteering event in St. Anne's Park on Tuesday, December 15th.

Plans are afoot for a training weekend on the weekend of January 16th/17th. Training will be in Rossmore and we will be staying in the Tannagh adventure center on the Saturday night. Training will start with the basics, such as map reading, using a compass, and pacing. Fiach has has some ideas fo training exercises. If you are interested in coming along let Bernie know, 087 9162125, as she will need to give numbers to the adventure center.

Congratulations to Bernie and Alex who are getting married in December. They are getting married in Paris, but they are having a celebration in Fingallians GAA club in Swords on the 9th of January. All club members are invited.

At the recent Munster Championships in Toureen wood in the Galtee Mountains Fingal came away with quite a few prizes. Ciana Jones was 1st W14, Eddie Hogan 1st M70, Donal Kearns 2nd M14, Ian Murphy 2nd M40, Val Jones 2nd M50, Shane Hoare 3rd M14, and Mark Hoare 3rd M12. Some photos are here

Nadine, Rainers, and Sandis

Welcome to the Rektins Bormane family who have joined us. They live in Monaghan very close to Rossmore. Pictured here are Nadine, Rainers, and Sandis.

After doing the job for more than 10 years Tommy has stepped down as club secretary. Anyta Richardson has very kindly stepped in to take over. Many thanks to Tommy for all the background work over the years, and also thanks to Anyta for taking on the job. Also belated congratulations to Anyta and Dave who got married at the end of August, and congratulations to Alex and Bernie who are getting married in December. They are getting married in Paris but will have a party after Christmas, watch out for details

We are planning to have a training weekend in January, on the 16th/17th. The plan is to have the training in Rossmore and to stay in the Tanaa adventure centre in County Monaghan. Contact Bernie if you would like to attend, 0857282268.

Leinster Inter Club Trophy

To the surprise of everyone, including ourselves, Fingal pipped CNOC to win the GEN Leinster Inter Club Challenge Trophy. CNOC, so confident of retaining it no doubt, hadn't brought the trophy, so it was presented to us at Scarr the following week. The photo (Finn Van Gelderen) shows David Healy of GEN presenting the trophy to Val Jones.

Prizes were also awarded for last year's Leinster League. Kathryn Walley won the overall female category, with Eileen Young second. Other prizewinners from Fingal included Val Jones, and Sandra, Shane, and Mark Hoare.

The GEN Leinster Inter Club Challenge is on next Sunday in Corkagh Park, Clondalkin. See details on the GEN Website. The format this year is 4 sprint events with runners scoring in their age class, so the more we have out on the day the better chance we have. While other clubs might be strong in some classes we have a good range of runners across the junior and senior classes - assuming of course that we come and run on the day.


Best wishes to Ian Murphy, taking part in a channel swim. Unfortunately the swim had to be posponed due to bad weather, while we were basking in sunshine. Check the link for details of a rescheduling.

Click here to see the details, and to sponsor him.

The 2009 scatter league is now over. Prizegiving took place after the last event at Malahide Castle. Congratulations to all prizewinners. As before there was keen competition particularly among the juniors, and everyone had fun and enjoyed the events. Thanks to all who helped out at the 4 events, Ray, Dave, Anyta, Ciaran, Eileen, Rory, Bernie, Alex, Jean, Deirdre, and Pat. Hopefully I haven't forgotten anyone.

final League Points Table - 3 out of 4 events count

DateLocationEvent Type
Sunday, August 23rdSantry DesmesneScatter League 1Results
Sunday, August 30thNewbridge House, DonabateScatter League 2Results
Sunday, Sept 6thSt Anne's Park, RahenyScatter League 3Results
Sunday, Sept 13thMalahide CastleScatter League 4Results

The events are all the same format as last year. Everyone starts at the same time at 12.00 noon. There will be 20 controls, the runners on the long course must get 18 controls, 12 on the medium, and 6 to 8 on the short. We will have prizes at the final event for male and female first, second, and third on each course. Best 3 out of 4 events to count.

These events are suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. They are a great introduction to Orienteering and no experience is necessary. There will be club members available to give a quick run through of what to do.

Best wishes to Shane Hoare, going to the JHI in Angelsea this weekend, and to Ian Murphy, who is taking part in a channel swim.

Other Fingal Events for the coming season

DateLocationEvent Type
Tuesday, Dec 15thSt Anne's Park, RahenyNight Event, Starts from 6.00 PM
Sunday, Feb, 7thCastletown House, CelbridgeLocal Event
Sunday, Mar, 14thCarnawaddy, Co LouthLeinster League Event
Sunday, May 2ndHill of TaraTara Sprint Series 1
Sunday, May 16thArdgillan DesmesneTara Sprint Series 2

Val Jones, Clare Hopkins, and Ciana Jones on the run at the last day of the Scottish 6-day

Val Scottish 6 Day Clare Scottish 6 Day Ciana Scottish 6 Day
Jean at Belgian 3 Day

<- Jean being awarded 3rd place prize at the Belgian 3-Day.

Jean attended along with Tommy and John Rowe.


Another memorable Irish Championships took place in Donegal on the May Bank holiday weekend. The area was just north of Donegal town, off the road to Letterkenny. It was essentially one large area that was surveyed, with different sections used for the different days. It was mapped by Pat Healy and Padraig Higgins. The terrain was nearly all open mountain with plenty of lakes, marshes and bogs, but the rock features were not as extensive as some other open areas. There were some tracks leading up into the terrain, but once past a certain point there were almost no man-made features. The Middle distance championships were on the Saturday, the Classic Championships on the Sunday, and the Relays on the Monday. The Event center was in a local community centre, where there were many extra activities particulary on the Sunday, that included prize giving by An Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan, as well as the IOA AGM, winners route presentations, and a table quiz.

Fingal Prizewinners were as follows:
Jean O'Neill W60, 1st , classic and middle distance.
Alan Crowe M12, 1st classic
Mark Hoare M12, 2nd middle
Shane Hoare M14, 2nd classic, 1st middle
Ciana Jones W14, 2nd middle
Clara Jones W16, 3rd Middle
Ciaran Young M40, 2nd middle, 3rd classic
Eddie Hogan M70 3rd classic
Shane Hoare, Alan and Ross Crowe, 2nd J36- relays
Also at the championships were Kathryn Walley with Donal and Sean Kearns, Dave Richardson, Anyta Ticknor, Pat Ryan, Deirdre O'Neill, Alex and Bernie, Val Jones, Sandra Hoare, Mark Crowe, Sarah Ni Ruairc, and Eileen Young

Val Jones was also awarded the Silva trophy.

Tommy has taken reponsibility for the Leinster Fixtures for the coming year. Provisional Fingal Fixtures for next season are as follows
16 Aug 09Hill Of TaraSprint Event
23 Aug 09SantryScatter League 1
30 Aug 09Newbridge HouseScatter League 2
6 Sept 09St. Anne's ParkScatter League 3
13 Sept 09MalahideScatter League 4
15 Dec 09St. Anne's ParkNight Event
7 Feb 10 CastletownLocal Event
Mar 14CarnawaddyLeinster League