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Fingal Orienteers is an Orienteering club based in North Dublin, with members also based in Co. Meath and Co. Louth. Membership is open to everyone. For further details of the club, see the Club Info page.

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NEWS

Irish Orienteering Championships 2024.

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<- O'Donnell J48 team, Liam, Eoin, and Kathleen.

The Irish Orienteering Championship weekend of 2024 has just completed. As usual it was a very enjoyable weekend both for orienteering and sociability. The Sprint was in Maynooth University Campus on the Friday evening while the other events were just west of Lough Ree in Roscommon and east Galway. The north campus of Maynooth was a good area for fast running with plenty of direction changes around the buildings, walls, and fences. The Middle distance was in Aughrane Wood, Ballygar, in east Galway. The wood was mostly flat but quite technical with plenty of depressions, green forest, and other features. Running was quite tough in places with thinnings on the forest floor.

The long distance was on Slieve Bawn, Roscommon. There were great views from the parking area over the midlands with some of the mountains in the west being visible in the distance. Unfortunately a lot of what was white forest on the old map on the website had been clearfelled so there was a lot of running on paths between the remaining forest sections. Most courses had a 1K climb on a tarmac road for the final section. The relays were in the grounds of Strokestown house. It was a good area for relays with a nice changeover area in front of the house. Even though mostly farmland there were some forest areas and other features to keep runners alert.

Fingal prizewinners were Jean O'Neill, 1st W75 in Middle and Long, Val Jones 1st M65 Long, Kathleen O'Donnell 3rd W14 Long, Alan O'Donnell M45 3rd in Sprint, Kathryn Walley W60 3rd in Sprint, Tommy Burke M70 3rd in Sprint. Sean and Donal Kearns were 2nd and 3rd on the M21 Short course at Slieve Bawn. In the relays the J48 team of Liam, Eoin, and Kathleen was 3rd, while the Handicap 24 team of Val, Jean, and Per were 2nd.

Some more photos from Nicola here


Maprun this Sunday, 28 April, in DCU campus, Glasnevin. Meet outside the Helix, at 10.00 AM. Here are the links to the maps to download and print.

Long Course 3 K

Short Course 2 K


Bernie Ian

Thanks to all who came to our Maprun in River Valley and AGM afterwards in the River Valley community centre. Congratulations to our new chairman, Bernie Sharkey. Bernie is a founder member of Fingal and familiar to everyone from manning the registration at most of our events. Also thanks to Ian Murphy who is stepping down after very ably managing the role for the last 5 years.

It was a pity only 6 people did the Maprun, perhaps due to people having other commitments on Saturday

At the AGM Ian presented the Chairman's report on the last year's activities. Per presented the treasurer's report. The club finances are healthy. Most income comes from running events and we also get grant money for equipment from Fingal and the Sports councils. Tommy reported on registering events and grant applications. Alan gave a report on junior activities. He would very much like to hear from any families with juniors who would like to take part in junior training and other activities. Bernie reported on the recent Orienteering Ireland conference where discussions included membership, events including the Irish Championships, grants, and promoting the sport. We then had a general discussion on the club events and activities going forward. The reports will be available in Teamer.


Bernie and Frank

Thanks to all who came to our spring Leinster League event in Castleblayney. Thanks to all who helped out, including Kieran Rocks of LVO who came early and put out some controls.

Thanks to all the club memebrs who helped, Planner Val Jones, Controller Kathryn Walley, Organiser Bernie Sharkey, SI Chris Slattery and Ian Murphy, Svetlana Gatova, Per Olov Elovsson, Nicola Garret, Roxanne White, Frank Flood, Gabrielle King, Jean O'Neill, Alan and Liam O'Donnell, Donal and Sean Kearns, and Eileen Young who created the initial map.

Some more photos here

The weather stayed dry and everyone seemed to enjoy the courses and the varied terrain. The only small complaint was on the stiffness of the maps, particularly for the courses that had A3 size paper.

While we had good numbers on the longer courses for an event in Ulster, the numbers on the Orange and Yellow courses were very low.

Results are here


Lough Muckno

Fingal's next event is in Lough Muckno Park, Castleblayney, on Sunday, February 25th, 2024.

Start times will be from 11.00 until 13.00. Registration and parking will be on the right inside the main entrance to the park from Castleblaney Town.

Enter online at orienteering.ie

There will also be some entry on the day available. There will be a variety of courses to suit all ages and levels of fitness and experience.

Provisional Course details as follows

COURSELENGTHCLIMBLEVEL
YELLOW1.8 Kms40 Measy navigation
ORANGE2.8 Kms40 Measy navigation
RED4.5 Kms100 Measy navigation
LIGHT GREEN3.3 Kms50 Mmoderate navigation
SHORT GREEN3.3 Kms75 Mnavigation experience needed
GREEN4.6 Kms95 Mnavigation experience needed
BLUE6.5 Kms220 Mnavigation experience needed
BROWN8.5 Kms240 Mnavigation experience needed

Entry fees
Adults: 8, Children: 5, Student/OAP/Unwaged: 5. Family Discount: 15
SI card rental 2

Course maps will be preprinted on waterproof paper. Map scale 1:5000 with 5 meter contours. The map is drawn to the ISSprOM standard. The Brown, Blue, and Green will be A3 size, the others will be A4.

The terrain is typical of Monaghan Drumlin country. The Yellow, orange, and Light Green courses will be in the park area. The Red, Short Green, and Green courses will include the forest on Black Island. The Brown and Blue courses will also include the forest on Black Island and also some of castleblayney town streets.

Blayney Castle was originally built by Barron Blayney in the early 17th century. The Blayneys also owned Rossmore Castle near Monaghan town. We also use that demesne for orienteering. The castle was sold to Henry Thomas Hope in 1853. It was remodelled and renamed Hope Castle. It served a number of purposes in the 20th century, the most recent was as a hotel. It was badly damaged by fire in 2010.

Directions:
From Dublin take either the M1 or the N2. From the M1 take the N53 from Dundalk to Castleblaney. The event will be signposted from the roundabout where the N2 meets the N53.
From the North take the R181/B32 from Keady or the R182/A25 from Newtownhamilton. In Castleblaney at the east end of the main street take the road east from Market Square through the gates into Lough Muckno park.


River Valley

Thanks to all who came to our Night event in River Valley, Swords. It was great to see the group of enthusiastic students from DUO. MET Eireann got it wrong and luckily the forecasted rain never came. Thanks to Alan and Liam for organizing and planning the event. It was planned in a sprint style on the updated 1:4000 map.

Well done to Valdas Tilunas winning the long in 37.46 minutes, and Maeve O'Grady, fastest W in 52.59. Also well done to Alfie Tyner, M14, fastest on the Short in 36.56. Our Eileen was fastest W on the short in 44.42. Apologies for the 2 controls with swapped codes. The results reflect the control being punched, and those who didn't punch have been given the control.


River Valley

We are having a Night Orienteering event in River Valley in Swords on Saturday, 10 February.

Start times between 18:30 & 19:30. Two courses: Long 6.5km approx., Short 3.5km approx. Enter online at orienteering.ie

Maps will be pre-printed on waterproof paper and control descriptions will be available separately. SI air will be enabled. Courses will be a mix of urban residential and hilly parkland. The River Valley Parkland has grassy open spaces, some steps, is muddy in parts, with marsh and flooding in the western end. Also lots of wooded areas with small paths, and some dense undergrowth.

We will be using the new Fingal County Council Ward Rivervalley car park for parking and registration. Entrance is off the Hilltown Road on the bend across the road from River Valley Community centre, eircode K67FF20. Please note, Google maps does not currently show this car park. Usual O kite will be at the entrance.

Under 16s can enter and MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Closest public transport: 41C, 41B serving Swords with a 2 minute walk to registration. Check local Dublin bus schedules for details. The 102 also passes through River Valley.


Lough Muckno

The next Fingal event after that is our spring Leinster League event in Lough Muckno Park, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, on Sunday, the 25th February. There will be 8 colour coded courses available, including a Short Green. Further details will be available soon.


Clonshaugh Maprun

Merry Christmas and a Happy orienteering New Year to all Fingal members and friends.

We had a Maprun event in Clonshaugh on Sunday, followed by our Christmas dinner in the ALSAA building. Only a small group were at the Maprun as there was a league event in the Curragh in the morning. However about 25 members came to the dinner in ALSAA, and enjoyed the food, as well as a quiz and spot prizes. Thanks to Jean and Bernie for organizing the venue, meal, quiz, and spot prizes.


ALSAA Xmas Party

The next Fingal event is a Night Orienteering event in River Valley, Swords, on Saturday evening, 10th February. This will be followed by our spring Leinster League event in Castleblaney on Sunday 25th February.