NEWS 2021, Spring 2022

Val, Chris, and Ian

Planner, Controller, and Orgainiser, Ian, Angus, and Alan.

Great day and great sunny weather by the sea in Cahore on Sunday. Thanks to all who came to our Leinster League event. Everyone seemed to enjoy the courses planned by Ian Murphy and controlled by Angus Tyner of Setanta. Thanks to Alan O'Donnell on his first role as orgniser. Therewere no significant problems on the day. The main complaint was that people forgot how energy sapping running on soft sand can be. But there were plenty of runnable paths and times were generally fast. Some people were caught out by overshooting when to leave a path to hit the controls. Thanks again to all the helpers on the day.

Result are here at

More photos here.


Cahore / Old Bawn beach.

The next Fingal Event is a Leinster League Event at Cahore South beach, Co. Wexford. The event is on Sunday March 27th. We have only used the Cahore sand dunes twice before, for the 2013 Leinster Championships and a league event in 2015. The regular 7 league courses will be available. Ian Murphy is planning with Angus Tyner of Setanta controlling for us.

The event is open to everybody. Courses are designed to suit all ages and levels of experience. You don't have to be a member of a club to take part.

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Control Descriptions.

Climb is variable depending on route but not significant.

Entry is online only though the IOA website. There will be no entry on the day.

Click here to enter.

SI Air will not be enabled. Currently the forecast is looking good so come along and enjoy. Will any brave bodies attempt a swim afterwards?

Location map

Grid Reference of Parking - T 217 462

Directions - From North / Dublin Take M/N11 South. After Arklow take exit signposted for Ballycanew and follow R741 to Ballycanew. At Ballycanew take road left/east and follow to the end at a T Junction with the R742. Turn right, ignore left turn for Cahore, follow R742 through Ballygarrett. 2 Kilometers after Ballygarrett turm left, sigposted for Old Bawn. Drive 2 kilometers to Old Bawn beach.

From South - From Enniscorthy take R744 East and follow signs for Kilmuckridge. From Wexford take R742 North to Kilmuckridge. At Kilmuckridge take R742 North for ~6 Kilometers, then take right turn, sigposted for Old Bawn. Drive 2 kilometers to Old Bawn beach.

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Fingal and friends group at Dundalk IT.

Eileen organised a training event for us at the Dundalk institute of technology campus. Nice sprint practice around the campus on Eileen's new map of the campus using Maprun.

Val, Chris, and Ian

Night-O Controller, Planner, and Orgainiser, Val, Chris, and Ian.

Thanks to all who came to the Night O event and the Sunday event at the Sports Ireland Campus.

Both events went off well in good weather conditions for January. The Saturday night wasn't too cold, there was a full moon, dry, and no wind. The Sunday event was nice and sunny. Attendance was good for both events and there were many newcomers at both trying out both the night orienteering and the come and try it on the Sunday. There were also many familiar faces including new Sports Ireland chief Una May at the Night-O.

Ian Sean Eileen

Sunday Orgainiser, Planner, and Controller, Ian, Sean, and Eileen.

Result are here at


Abbotstown House

Abbotstown House.

More photos here.>



Sports Ireland Campus

The next Fingal events are a night event and a come and try it event the next day on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of January. The events are both in the Sports Ireland Campus, Snugborough Rd., Blanchardstown. (D15 EPN4).

They are on a new map redrawn by Eileen Young. December 2021 from the 2020 map updated by Val Jones and Eileen Young, from the original by Laurence Quinn and used by kind permission of Orienteering Ireland. The events take place entirely in the Sport Ireland Campus and does NOT cross into the Tolka Valley Fingal map. The area is a mix of campus-style buildings, playing pitches, and green forested areas. Map scake : 1:5000

Directions to both Events

The event is located at the Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin, which is close to the M50 and N3/M3

This can be found HERE

The Start and Finish of both events are located at Abbotstown House in the centre of the Sport Ireland Campus, NOT at the National Aquatic centre by the main entrance. This is not simple to get to, so here are detailed directions from the main gate. O-Signage will be available from the main Sport Ireland Campus gate.

Please leave plenty of time to get there to be assured of a start as the M50 and Blanchardstown areas can be notoriously jammed up.

If driving or cycling you will need to pass two barriers. One is at the first roundabout and should lift automatically - no need for payment. The second should always be up at the first right turn. When coming back (carefully) change lanes as the barrier at the right turn will not lift. However the barrier at the roundabout will lift ( again no payment required at any barrier ). There is ample car parking and Abbotstown House is brightly lit at night.

If using public transport there are several bus options 220, 238, 38, 38a from the City Centre and Blanchardstown shopping centre. Walk through to Abbotstown House which should take about 15 mins from the main gate.

Control Descriptions for both events

You can download and print the control descriptions. There will be no loose descriptions at the event but they will be on the front of the maps.

Sunday Come And Try it event details

Start times : 11:00-13:00
Courses available ( PRE-ENTER ON ONLY)

Short : 2km
Medium : 4km
Long : 8km

Climb is negligible on all courses

SI will be used for timing and rental SI cards will be available on the day

The short course will mostly be on paths with some controls slightly off paths, having to go through grass or unpaved to reach these. The medium course is a mix on paths and off, not too difficult. The long course has a bit of everything and will go through woods at different stages so full leg wear is recommended.

Organiser : Ian Murphy
Planner : Sean Kearns
Controller : Eileen Young.

Saturday Night Event details

Start times : 18:00-19:00

Classes available ( PRE-ENTER ON ONLY

Short : 4K km
Long : 8K km

Climb is negligible on all courses. SI will be used for timing. Rental SI cards will be available.

Please note that this is NOT a sprint event, the long and short courses make use of the National Cross Country running track areas and forest so dress as for normal orienteering.

This is night orienteering so a torch is REQUIRED.

Organiser : Ian Murphy
Planner : Chris Slattery
Controller : Val Jones

Tommy and Gabby

Tommy and Gabrielle, Planner and Orgainiser of Trim street event.

Thanks to all who came to our pre Christmas event in Trim, and thanks to all who donated to the Autism unit in St. Michael's School. The event raised 366 for the unit. Many locals took part who didn't have a lot of experience, as well as regular Fingal members and others.

The longer courses provided plenty of options and variety in the old town center, the new estates, and the fields around the castle and the other side of the Boyne river.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all club members and supporters.


trim castle

Orienteering Next Sunday Dec. 12th, in Trim, Co. Meath.

Urban Streets, Estates and Parkland, 4 courses, Long 8.1k, Medium 5.5k, Short 2.7k, Adventure 1.5k.

Something to suit everyone.

These are approximate actual distances, not direct line. The event will have regular controls and kites. It is not using maprun.

The courses are Urban Streets and grass parkland. Climb is minimal.

The event will be in support of St. Michael's National School Autism unit, in Trim. There will be a bucket available if anyone wishes to contribute to this good cause.

We ask everyone to be extra vigilant with regard to the current Covid situation and maintain social distance and sanitation measures.

Entry via the online entry system only, at

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Planner Tommy Burke and Organiser Bernie Sharkey.

Thanks to all who came to the Leinster Championships at Carnawaddy. The event went off smoothly, the weather was a bit wet and windy but thankfully nothing like LOC 2005. Thanks to Shane Lynch who Controlled and Neil Dobbs assisting him. Thanks to all Fingal members who helped out, Alex, Per, Ian, Sarah, Ciaran and the Young family, Kathryn and the Kearns boys, Jean, Val, Dave, Gabrielle, Nicola, and Alan. Congratulations to all prize winners, including the following Fingal members.
Liam O'Donnell 1st M12, Eoin O'Donnell 3rd M14, Donal Kearns 1st M21S, Ciaran Kearns 2nd M21S, Sean Kearns 3rd M21S, Svetlana Gatova 3rd W45, Gabrielle King 1st W45S, Jean O'Neill 1st W75.

See the Live Results page on the LOC 2020/21 site for a full list of prize winners

We will have the prizes at the NIOC Championships on the 16th October. If you are not going to be there your prize should be collected by a member of your club.

Some photos are here


All set for the 2020/2021 Leinster Championships on Sunday. See final details and start lists on the LOC 2020/21 page.

Leinster 2020/21 Championships Orienteering

Per, Ian, Val

<- Controller, Organiser, and Planner, Per, Ian, and Val, of Fauna event

The main comment from yesterday's event at Fauna was Great to be back orienteering in a good forest. Thanks to everyone for their help yesterday. The event went smoothly and to the usual FinO high standard. By all accounts it was well received. The weather was nice and mild, the forest was mostly dry underfoot although it was tough running in places due to the brashings and debris left from thinning. We had a really good attendance of over 140. There was a last minute rush of entries before the deadline on Friday night, which meant we had to print extra maps ourselves in addition to the order from ProntoPrint. Online entry certainly makes things easier on the day, hopefully it will continue to be the norm.

Results are here on Please upload or enter your route on the routegadget page.

Some photos are here.


Good News

Our League event in Donard - Fauna is going ahead on September 5th. It will be the first Leinster League event of 2021. The regular league courses will be available, details are as follows:

Yellow - 2.3 K, 50 M climb
Orange - 2.8 K, 85 M climb
Light Green - 3.1 K, 65 M climb
Red - 4.0 K, 165 M climb
Green - 4.6 K, 170 M climb
Blue - 5.5 K, 255 M climb
Brown - 6.9 K, 325 M climb

There will be no loose control descriptions available at the event. Control descriptions will be on the front of the maps. You may also select here to download and print descriptions. Click to open.

Yellow Descriptions
Orange Descriptions
Red Descriptions
Light Green Descriptions
Green Descriptions
Blue Descriptions
Brown Descriptions

There is no short green course this time but the light green is quite technical. There has been some clear felling since the last event 2 years ago, but some other areas that were green have been thinned and surveyed. There are still plenty of nice white sections.

Entry and payment must be made online through the Irish Orienteering website. Select here to enter on and see map of event location.

Please enter as soon as you can as we need to order printing of the maps. Entries will close at midnight, Friday, Sept 3rd.

Tagging Control Sites

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Parking will be in the forest. Entry will be on the west side of the forest, not the same entrance as last time. Keep right at the Y junction about 500 meters south of Donard village. The forest entrance is on the left about another 1 K further on. Please park sensibly and as directed.

Unfortunately we will not be providing any teas, coffees, or biscuits, so please bring your own refreshments. Please observe social distancing guidelines and please don't congregate at the Start, Finish, or Download.


Thanks to all who came to our event in Balbriggan on a lovely evening. More than 60 people ran around the complex urban area of west Balbriggan. Many got confused in the small streets among the apartments and townhouses.
Thanks to Ciaran for planning and organising almost everything.
The only negative was 2 SI control boxes were stolen. Whoever did it went to a lot of trouble to break them off the wire. You have to wonder what they thought they were going to do with them. They cost us a significant amount but they are not much use for anything other than orienteering.

Some more photos are here.

Results including route gadget are here.


Balbriggan, Tuesday Evening, July 13th.
The next Fingal event will be an urban event in Balbriggan, on Tuesday evening July 13th. The plan is to use real controls, not just a Maprun event. Registration is online due to Covid restrictions, pre-registration will be required. Enter on Start location is at Flemington Communiity Centre. There will be 3 courses, Long 6K, Medium 4K, and Short 2K. Entries will open at 11AM on July 5th and close at 6PM on July 11th. Starts are from 6PM until 7.30PM. Apologies but there is no entry on the day and no cash will be taken at the event.

The postponed Donard Fauna Leinster League event is now scheduled for Sunday, September 5th.

We decided not to run the usual Fingal September scatter league events this year, due to various factors such as mass start not being feasible, the need for online registration, and continuing uncertainties.

The Leinster Championships are scheduled to take place on October 3rd.

New County Monaghan Maprun courses.

See the Maprun Page.


MapRun in Carrickmacross.
We had a good MapRun in Carrickmacross on Sunday morning. It's a nice town with some interesting old buildings. Quite hilly too for running. Several club members as well as some locals took part. We also had MapRuns the previous Sundays in Rush and Balbriggan. It's a great way to get together for informal events and training. Thanks to Eileen and Dave for the maps and setting them up. Eileen is planning to have maps of 5 towns in Monaghan, more new terrain to look forward to.

Paul Pruzina Lusk

Lusk Sprint Selection race.
We ran a sprint selection race for the elite orienteers on Sunday May 23rd. The race was to select the team to travel to the world championships in Czechia (Czech Republic). Val Jones planned, Dave Richardson controlled, and Ciaran Young organised. Although it was a windy wet day, the runners seemed to enjoy the fast sprint through the winding roads of the estate in Lusk. Mens winner was Paul Pruzina, LVO, pictured, and Niamh O'Boyle won the girls race.

Thanks to all others who helped out.

Sprint Selection results


More Photos on Irish Orienteering Facebook


Important Notice. Leinster Orienteering Championships.
The Leinster Championships have provisionally been set again for Sunday October 3rd, 2021. Hopefully after 3 postponements it will go ahead this time.

Apologies to all who had entered. The Leinster Orienteering Championships 2020 will be LOC 2021! Some participants may find that they will need to change class, but we will deal with that nearer to the time. All entries will stand for the event, and participants who have received refunds and who wish to reenter, please email Alex. As the limit of 200 participants has been reached entries will remain closed for the moment.

Leinster 2020/21 Championships Orienteering

Bayside MaprunF

Happy New Year to everyone. Hopefully 2021 will turn out better than 2020. For the moment there are no scheduled orienteering events due. However club members have been meeting in small groups to do MapRunF courses. For club members, keep in touch through the club WhatsApp group to get details of new MaprunF courses. You can also continue to do the existing courses, available on the MaprunF Page

Bayside MaprunF

Unfortunately our League event due to take place in Donard - Fauna on Nov 1st 2020 had to be cancelled. Even if the lockdown was lifted there would not be enough time to check out the courses. It now scheduled for September 5th.

In the meantime many MaprunF courses are available in North Dublin which you can run in your own time. Check out the available courses on our MaprunF Page