Monday, December 4, 2023

Leinster League Orienteering - Curragh East. Dec 10th, 2023

Our next event takes place at Curragh East on Sunday 10th December. Start times are available from 11am to 1pm. Courses close at 3:00pm.

Location and Directions:
The location is here: Grid Reference N 79040 11687 - Google maps:,-6.8188034,17z

Directions from M7.
Take Exit 13 from Southbound carriageway on the M7. At the roundabout, take the first exit, signposted Kilcullen & Athgarvan onto the R413.  Continue on R413 for 850ms to Lumville Cross Roads . Turn right onto L7042. Continue for 800ms and take the first right onto the access road for the Defence Forces Sports Pavilion. Turn right into their grounds for parking, enquiries and download.
Assembly and download are in the club house and toilets are available. The Curragh Golf Club is marked on all maps as out of bounds. Use of any paths through the Golf Club is strictly prohibited for safety reasons.

The Curragh’s open, undulating grassland makes for unimpeded running. Furze is the dominant flora with some distinct stands of trees. Not every bush or man/sheep made track is mapped and power lines are not shown on Brown, Blue, Green & Short Green courses.
As a result of recent heavy rains, the ground is waterlogged in places and conditions are slippery. The wearing of appropriate footwear and full body cover is advised.
The Yellow and Orange courses are predominantly on grass.
Only Brown, Blue, Green & Short Green cross a public road.
Courses are not suitable for buggies

All other courses have a 1 km walk to their start. The route to the start will be signed.

Course Length Climb No. of Controls
Yellow 2.00 kms 35 m 8
Orange 2.49 kms 90 m 11
Red 3.50 kms 185m 14
Light Green 3.57 kms 95 m 11
Short Green 4.63kms 140 m 13
Green 6.60 kms 160 m 21
Blue 8.57 kms 200 m 23
Brown 9.82 kms 260 m 30

There is a 500m walk along a road from the finish to assembly and download.

SIAC will be enabled. (Punching start and finish)

The maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper. Control descriptions will be printed on all maps while loose descriptions will be available at the start. Yellow and Orange courses will be scaled at 1:7,500. All other courses will be at 1:10,000.

Entries close on Friday, December 8th at 24:00. There will be no entries available on the day. If you need to hire an SI card, you can indicate this on the entry form - these will be pre-allocated, and can be collected at registration, to be returned at the finish. Lost cards cost €40 to replace! Registration will be used for collection of SI rentals and downloading of results.

Entries via the online system at If you plan to bring a group, please contact us at ahead of time so that we can have maps and SI cards available to you promptly.

Results will be posted on

* Adults  €8
* Students, Juniors and those over 65 years €5
* Family: 2 Adults and up to 5 Juniors €20
Whether you are a complete novice, a family, or a seasoned veteran, there is a course to suit. If you are new to orienteering, drop us an email beforehand, or ask us on the day (at the event) for advice. I'd suggest beginner children or families start on the Yellow course, and beginner adults could try the Red course - both are technically easy, the only difference being the length involved.

The Curragh is sheep country! While dogs are allowed, they must be kept on a leash.

Please bring your waste home with you - do not expect the organisers to take it away for you!

Please study Orienteering Ireland's Covid-19 guidelines ( carefully and pay special attention to the Participant Code of Conduct.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Donadea "Come and Try It" Event - Jan 29th 2023

Our annual beginners event in Donadea Forest Park takes place this coming Sunday 29th Jan , with starts available from 10.30am to 1pm. The forest barrier will be open from 10am until 12:45pm to facilitate free entry to the park.

Composting toilets will be available near the Carpark. Please bring your own hand sanitiser.

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

Three (3) courses are planned as follows: 

  • Adventure (3.1km)
  • Medium (5.2km)
  • Long (7.6km)

SIAC will be enabled.

Entry fees are the usual: Adults: 

  • €8 / person
  • Children: €4 / child
  • Student: €5 / student
  • Unwaged: €5 / person
  • OAP: €5 / person
  • Family Discount: €20 (Maximum of 2 Adults and no more than 6 family members / family)

As with all recent events, entry via this online entry system only. There will be no entry on the day. 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!