DIY Orienteering


Want to get orienteering in Kildare during the lockdown?

Get all the information you need in our guide here

Monday, February 24, 2020

Curragh Night-O - Feb 29th

This coming Saturday, we are holding the rescheduled Night-O on the Curragh - this was postponed earlier in the month due to one of the storms.

So, for anyone who wants to attend: here's a link on google maps:


Starts will be from from 7:00pm-8:00pm, to account for the lengthening evenings. 

Suitable for experienced orienteers, you must be at least 16 years old to compete. There will be two courses:

* Long; 5.2km 18 Controls
* Short; 2.9km 10 Controls

Map Scale is 1:7500, and don't forget to bring a good head torch! Cost is €7 for IOA club members and €8 for guests. SportIdent card hire is €2 for those who need one.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Donadea Come-and-Try-It event - Jan 26th 2020

Our annual beginners event in Donadea Forest Park takes place this coming Sunday 26th January, with starts available from 11am to 1am. We hope to have the entrance barrier raised from 10:00am to 12:30am to facilitate free entry to the park for the event. The toilets in the forest park will also be open for the event.

Whether you are a complete novice, a family, or a seasoned veteran, there is a course to suit. The adventure is suitable for families or beginners. The Medium course is suitable for experienced orienteers and adult beginners and improvers who are can cope with off track forest running/walking. The Long course is suitable for adult improvers and experienced who are good at map reading and compass

Specifically, Eileen has three courses planned as follows:

* Adventure (2.8km)
* Medium (5.3km)
* Long (8km)
We will also have a small maze setup near the start/finish for people to try their skill at micro-scale orienteering.

Entry fees are the usual:

* Child/Student/Unwaged/OAP €5 (€4 for CNOC members)
* Adult €8 (€7 for CNOC members)
* Family €20. (€15 for CNOC members)

If you need to hire an SI card, we also rent them for €2, to be returned at the finish. Lost cards cost €40 to replace!

If you're not a member of a club, and would like to join CNOC on the day, we're offering free membership for the first year (its only €7 a year per adult after that anyways - full rates on cnoc.ie)

If you are planning on bringing a group, it would be useful to contact us ahead of time, so we can ensure we print enough maps, etc.

There will be refreshments after the finish, and in an effort to save on waste plastic, we'd encourage everyone to bring their own cups for refreshments afterwards. We'll also accept plastic map bags back for future re-use.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Leinster League 13 - Curragh, Kildare on Sun 8th Dec

The final event in this years Leinster League will take place on Sunday 8th December on the Curragh in Co. Kildare

The event registration and parking is based at the DFTC Sports Grounds (signposted from Newbridge exit off the M7, heading towards Kilcullen), with the start and finish close by. Start times from 11:00 to 13:00, with all course closing at 15:00.

The location is marked on the google maps link below:
https://goo.gl/maps/sCMJpRzpeyy

There's the full range of courses on offer - at the high end, they might seem a bit longer than usual, but the running is generally flat and good, and the distances reflect this. There's something to suit all ages and abilities.

Entry fees are as follows:

* Child/Student/Unwaged/OAP €5 (€4 for CNOC members)
* Adult €8 (€7 for CNOC members)
* Family €20. (€15 for CNOC members)

If you need to hire an SI card, we also rent them for €2, to be returned at the finish. Lost cards cost €40 to replace!

If you're not a member of a club, and would like to join CNOC on the night, we're offering free membership for the first year (its only €7 a year per adult after that anyways - full rates on cnoc.ie)

If you are planning on bringing a group, it would be useful to contact us ahead of time, so we can ensure we print enough maps, etc.

In an effort to save on waste plastic, we'd encourage everyone to bring their own cups for refreshments afterwards. We'll also accept plastic map bags back for future re-use.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Summer Series 2019 Finale - BBQ & Prizegiving

Our Summer series comes to its traditional close in Hollywood on Tuesday, June 18th, with a Score event (and an adventure course).

Parking and registration are in the village of Hollywood, near Tuttys Bar Hollywood (who have graciously agreed to once again host our BBQ and Prizegiving). Start times are from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Parking in the Village can be limited, so consider carpooling, or parking closer to the Primary School and Church at the entrance to the village.

There will be two courses on offer:

Adventure – 1.5 km
Score Event ( 1hour, get as many controls as possible)

Entry fees:
Children/Students/OAP/Unwaged - €5 (€4 for club members)
Adults - €8 (€7 for club members)
Family - €20 (€15 for club members - 2 adults + kids)

If you are not a member of a club, you can join CNOC for free on the night (annual membership from next year is only €10 per family).

Si-cards will be used for timing (no SIAC) - if you need to rent an Si-card, you can do so at registration for €2 (€40 fee if not returned).

After the event we will be holding our BBQ, and during that I'll present prizes for the series. This year, I'm mostly recycling old prizes from previous events and years, so it'll be a bit of a lucky dip. I may even throw in some chocolate for the kids (big and small). Bottle of wine if you're lucky.

Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Summer Series 2019 No. 5 - Curragh

Our Summer series continues on Tuesday, June 11th on the Curragh.

Parking and registration are at the Defence Forces Sports Ground, Curragh Camp.  Parking will be available from 5:00 pm. Start times are from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Directions.
Coming from Dublin exit the M7 at Junction 12. Take the first exit onto the R413 in the direction of Kilcullen. Continue for 800 metres to a crossroads (Lumville Cross Roads). Turn right and continue for a further 800 metres to a crossroads. Turn right. Entrance to the sports grounds are 100ms further on.

There will be three courses on offer:

Adventure – 1.9 km with 10 controls
Medium    – 4.5 km with 14 controls
Long         – 7.8 km with 22 controls

Entry fees:
Children/Students/OAP/Unwaged - €5 (€4 for club members) 
Adults - €8 (€7 for club members) 
Family - €20 (€15 for club members - 2 adults + kids)

If you are not a member of a club, you can join CNOC for free on the night (annual membership from next year is only €10 per family).

Si-cards will be used for timing (no SIAC) - if you need to rent an Si-card, you can do so at registration for €2 (€40 fee if not returned).

This event is part of Newbridge JuneFest. For other events, see http://www.junefest.ie. 

We are very thankful to the Defence Forces for allowing us the use of their sports facilities and parking area. Thank you!

Next weeks event is the final in our series and takes place in Hollywood, Co. Wicklow.

Organiser: Paula Rice and Rosemary Greene.
Planner:    Bernie O’Boyle




Thursday, May 30, 2019

2019 Summer Series No. 4 - Newbridge Sprint

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Newbridge next Tuesday evening, June 4th, for the fourth event in the CNOC summer series.

Parking and registration are at St. Conleth and Mary’s Primary School, Newbridge. Parking will be available from 4:30 pm. Start times are from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

There will be three courses on offer:

Adventure – 1.1 km
Medium – 3.5 km
Long – 4.8 km

There is a high density of controls and you are advised to CHECK YOUR CONTROL CODES! The distance for the medium and long courses is the optimal length. Both medium and long courses have a two-sided map. There will be a prize for the ‘fastest split’ for the fastest male and female on leg 11 of both long and medium courses. How fast can you choose the shortest route and run it as quickly and accurately as you can?

Entry fees:
  • Children/Students/OAP/Unwaged - €5 (€4 for club members) 
  • Adults - €8 (€7 for club members) 
  • Family - €20 (€15 for club members - 2 adults + kids)
If you are not a member of a club, you can join CNOC for free on the night (annual membership from next year is only €10 per family).

Si-cards will be used for timing (no SIAC) - if you need to rent an Si-card, you can do so at registration for €2 (€40 fee if not returned).

This event is part of Newbridge JuneFest. For other events, see http://www.junefest.ie. Why not arrive early and warm up in the ‘Yarn Bombed’ Linear Park? https://www.junefest.ie/portfolio/yarn-bomb/

We are very thankful to a number of people for allowing permission to use their grounds for this event – St. Conleth and Mary’s Primary School, Patrician Primary School, Patrician Brothers, St. Conleth’s Church, the Holy Family Secondary School and the Holy Family Convent. Thank you!

Organiser: Michael Malone
Planner: Niamh O’Boyle

Looking forward to challenging you to find the best route choices. Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

2019 Summer Series No. 3 - Donadea Forest Park

The summer series continues with a jaunt around Donadea, one of the nicest forest parks in Kildare. Acres of mature Coniferous plantations, areas with great runnability, a lake, and the odd patch of brambles. Only a few mind, and the courses have been planned to help you stay in the nice bits, and avoid the spikey bits. The Adventure course is entirely on paths, so no worries there!

Start times are from 18:30 to 19:30, and there are three courses available:

Adventure: 2.3km
Medium: 5.0km
Long: 6.5km

The courses are all essentially flat, as there are no major hills in the park.

Registration, Start and Finish are all based in the main carpark, signposted at the forest entrance only.

The forest entrance barrier will be raised, so you shouldn't need to pay to enter. Since the barrier will close automatically at 9pm, we will be *strictly* enforcing last starts at 7:30pm, course close at 8:30pm, otherwise we will be unable to take in all the controls in time.

Donadea on Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/AZHKKHsTv1EyxrwM9

Entry fees:
* Children/Students/OAP/Unwaged - €5 (€4 for club members)
* Adults - €8 (€7 for club members)
* Family - €20 (€15 for club members - 2 adults + kids)

If you are not a member of a club, you can join CNOC for free on the night (annual membership from next year is only €10 per family).

Si-cards will be used for timing (no SIAC) - if you need to rent an Si-card, you can do so at registration for €2 (€40 fee if not returned).

Hope to see you all there!