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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Leinster League - Dunmore Wood, Co Laois

CNOC are hosting a leinster league event this Sunday on a new map in Dunmore woods. 

The details  are as follows:

Starts from 11a.m. to 1.00p.m., course closes 2.00 p.m.

Yellow - 2.1 km 11controls 
Orange- 2.04 km 12 controls
Red   - 3.2 km, 14 controls
Light green- 3.41km 15 controls
Green- 4.2km 17 controls
Blue- 4.9 km 19 controls
Brown 7.5km 29 controls (with map exch

Leg cover recommended for light green courses up. It is very wet! You will be muddy!

Terrain is typical of old estate hunting grounds. Mature deciduous forest, specimen trees, interspersed with more recent sections of planted, reasonably mature coniferous forest, 
aurel adds additional challenges in some areas. The River Nore flanks the map to the east with the River Gully traversing the map, STRICTLY crossable only at bridges. This is a protected river and special area of conservation, one of the few remaining areas for the freshwater Pearl mussel. 
Please be considerate of other forest users.

Parents please remind your children of water safety, the Junior courses are away from rivers except at bridge crossings. Rivers are high, remind children not to lean over the sides of the very, very, old bridges!

Mapped in 2015 by Pat Healy and Conall Whelan, extensively updated October
2017 by Conall Whelan (mostly before storm Ophelia). There may be some additional fallen trees! Due to recent extreme weather conditions in Laois water holes, drains etc. are currently larger than mapped. Take care.

Access: Please access forest/parking from R434 to prevent any build up of traffic on the N77.

From Dublin (M7) take second exit for Portlaoise/Abbeyleix/Durrow, head along N77 ( old Dublin Cork road) you will pass Abbeyleix and the turning for Dunmore wood and head on to Durrow, turning right just before the village, R434 signposted for Rathdowney, continue past the houses and turn right onto L1652 
(signposted for Ballinakill)
The Wood is towards the end of the road. If the parking is full the parking officials will wave you on to either Dunnes garden centre or the G.A.A. pitch which you have already passed!

From Cork, ( M8 south) exit at junction 3, Rathdowney. Follow signs for Durrow R433, turning right onto the R434 (very dangerous junction at bend in road), then left 
onto L1652 
(signposted for Ballinakill)
The Wood is towards the end of the road. If the parking is full the parking officials will wave you on to either Dunnes garden centre or the G.A.A. pitch.

Limited parking at the forest, additional parking at
Dunnes Garden Centre, N77, to the north of Durrow
, short walk
Extreme overflow parking at G.A.A. pitch which is 1 km walk away- just in case!).
Please follow directions of parking officials

Toilet stop! Harps GAA have agreed to allow us to use their new toilets! Location is here. No toilets available at the Wood. Abbeyleix Manor Hotel could also be a toilet stop if you're coming from Dublin direction. Toilet facilities are also available at both motorway junction exits

Refreshment available locally (in order of distance from event!) at Castlewood Organic farm, soup, cakes etc. (Also organic meats, apple juice etc. for sale) opposite garden centre. 
Castle Arms hotel -carvery lunch, in village. 
Lawlors (near bank) and Gala (on the green) for a sandwich to take away.
Castle Durrow (once you've cleaned up) for a treat!
bbeyleix have a couple of cafés, a hotel and supermarkets with deli counters too.

xtensive range of Christmas trees, seasonal planters, bulbs, bare root trees etc available at very reasonable prices! Please support.

 you enjoy a rare orienteering opportunity in Laois!

CNOC are also looking to buy some new club gear we will have new designs to be looked at on Sunday. 
Please ask to see them if you are interested.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Series 2017 Prizewinners

Heres the final results from the 2017 Summer Series - prizegiving tonight at the Hollywood Event and BBQ

Long (Men)

Kevin O’Boyle (CNOC)
Cillín Corbet (CORKO)
Killian Brennan (CNOC)

Long (Women)

Niamh O’Boyle (CNOC)
Eileen Young (FIN)
Ruth Lynam (CNOC)

Medium (Men)

Paul Nolan (GEN)
Luke Gillespie (DFO)
Oran Harrison (DFO)

Medium (Women)

Eileen Loughman (CNOC)
Barbara Foley-Fisher (MNAV)
Karena Hanley (-)

Adventure (Men)

Gerry Browne (GEN)
Conor Masterson (CNOC)
Tivon Tyner (SET)

Adventure (Women)

Catherine Joyce (CNOC)
Emily O’Mullane (GEN)
Niamh Browne (GEN)

Juniors Completing Four Events

Gerry Browne
Catherine Joyce
Daniel Joyce
Aoife Masterson
Conor Masterson
Emily O'Mullane
Tivon Tyner
Conor O'Brien
Niamh Browne
Hugh Browne
Conor O' Boyle
Donnacha Malone
Cliodhna Donaghy
Sadhbh Crowley
Finn Crowley

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer Series Final Event 2017 - Hollywood, Co Wicklow

The final event of the summer series (not part of the league) is our annual Score event and Barbecue in Hollywood, next Tuesday 20th June.

Google Maps:,-6.5969137,18.58z

Two Courses on offer:
Score event with 50 mins time limit
Adventure Course 3.1 km (all on tracks & some small paths, but not suitable for buggies.)

Parking is outside the two pubs and is not plentiful, Please don't obstruct gates, or other traffic, and if necessary please park down the road by the church or the school. Registration and download outside Tutty's pub.

Start times 1830 to 2000.  Courses will close at 2100

Start and Finish are 400m up the road at the forest entrance.

Please don't forget to download.

Barbecue from 19:30 in Tutty's pub. Prizegiving for the Summer Series at around 20:30
Planner: Ruth Lynam
Organiser: Don Short

Friday, June 9, 2017

Summer Series 2017 (No 5) - Curragh Lumville

This is the 5th event of the Summer series and is the final one to count to earn league points.
Long 8.5km
Medium 5.3km
Adventure 2.1km
Parking and registration is in front of Lumville House and the start is 600 metres from registration– approx. 5 minute walk. Start times are from 6:30 to 8:00 and courses close strictly at 9:00.
Grid Ref: N 793 124
Google Maps:,-6.8137618,141m
 Location will be posted from Junction 12 off the M7.
Planner: Caoimhe O’ Boyle
Controller: Niamh O’ Boyle
Organiser: Bernie O’ Boyle
Student/Unwaged/OAP €5
Adult €8
Family €20. 
Hire of SI cards €2.
If any large group is coming advance information on names etc.. would be very useful to speed up registration.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Series 2017 No 4: Newbridge

The next event in the series is an Urban Sprint (on a newly designed map) which takes place next Tuesday (6th June) in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Assembly and parking in Ryston Sports & Social Club.

 Google Maps:,+Kilbelin,+Co.+Kildare

There will be two registration points, one in Ryston and one at the start which is near the main bridge at the top of the Linear Park (for those who will not be driving to the event).

There are the usual three courses on offer:

Adventure 1.7 km;
 Medium 2.9 km ;
Long 3.8 km;

Start times from 6.30pm to 8:00pm. Courses close at 9:00pm.

Single entries: €5 Families: €10

This event will take in the local parks and their surrounding areas and is being run in conjunction with the local Newbridge June Fest festival so a good crowd is anticipated. All beginners looking to try it out don't worry we will have plenty of club members on hand to show you the ropes.

All welcome, hope to see you there!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Series 2017 League Table

The league table is now available on the Irish Orienteering Website, click below to see how you stand!

Remember, there are prizes for First, Second and Third place on each course, for both men and women. Places are based on your best four events out of five, and any junior orienteer (M/W18 and lower) will get a small prize just for completing any four events. Prizegiving will take place at the BBQ in Hollywood at the last event on June 20th

CNOC Summer Series 2017 League Table

Summer Series 2017 No 3 - Donadea (30th May)

The next event in the series takes place next Tuesday (30th May) in Donadea Forest Park, near Clane, Co. Kildare. There are the usual three course on offer:

Adventure 2.5 km;
Medium 5 km ;
Long 7 km;

Full leg cover required on all courses.

Forest Park barrier will be open for orienteers from 5pm to 7:45 (free admission). Start times from 6pm to 7:30pm. Courses (strictly) close at 8:30pm, due to forest barriers locking at 9pm.

Children/Students/OAP: €5
Adults: €8
Families: €20

All welcome, hope to see you there!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Summer Series No 2 - Naas Urban

The next event in the Summer Series takes place next Tuesday night (23rd) on our urban Naas map.

Registration/Start and Finish are all based in the rear carpark in Naas Hospital - the event will be signposted from the main hospital entrance

Google maps:

Start times are from 18:30 to 20:00, and there are three courses as usual:

Adventure: 1.5km
Medium: 2.2km (Sprint format)
Long: 4.1km (Sprint Format)

The event is planned/organised by Eileen Loughman and Kevin O'Boyle, and promises to be a good evening out for all the family.

Entry fees are the standard €5 for Children/Students, €8 for Adults and €20 for a family (2 adults + kids) - SI cards can be rented at registration for €2 (€40 fee if not returned)

Hope to see you all there, maybe the weather will be as good as last week :-)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Summer Series 2017 - No 1 - Curragh Sunnyhill

Regarding the first event, here's the full details:

Start/Finish adjacent to the car parking, at Sunnyhill
Coordinates: 53.128072, -6.789892
Google Maps:,-6.7942663Signposted from : Exit 12 on the M7.
Three courses:
Adventure - 2.2km, 45m climb, 12 controls
Medium - 5.6km, 70m climb, 19 controls
Long - 7.4km, 70m climb, 21 controls

Start Times from 6:30pm - 8pm
Course Close at 9pm

Hope to see you all there!

Summer Series 2017

Its that time of year again when we head for the short grass, concrete, and forests of Kildare and West Wicklow for the annual CNOC summer series - commencing next week (Tues 16th) on the Curragh at Sunnyhill.

This years Summer Series consists of 5 competitive events, and a sixth fun event (including BBQ) at Hollywood on the 20th. For purposes of calculating league positions, we'll use the standard scoring system for leagues on, with the best 4 of 5 events to count. There will be prizes for the top three men and top three women on each course, and a small prize for all juniors that complete 4 events. Prize-giving will take place at the BBQ in Hollywood.

The full list of events is as follows:

16th May - Curragh @ Sunnyhill
23rd May - Naas (Urban)
30th May - Donadea Forest Park
06th June - Newbridge (Urban)
13th June - Curragh @ Lumville Cross
20th June - Hollywood (BBQ + Prizegiving)

As per usual, all the events have three courses of offer (Adventure/Medium/Long)If you plan on bringing a large group to any of the events, advance warning is appreciated so we can ensure we have enough maps, etc..
Thanks for reading, and hope to see you all over the next few weeks.
The CNOC Committee

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Leinster League 3 - Scarr, March 12th

Our next event is on SCARR on the 12th of March and is part of the 2017 Leinster League.

Registration and parking will be in the forest off the old military road. 53°05'06.5"N 6°20'12.7"W The event will be signposted from Laragh.

Start times are from 11:00 am till 1:00pm and the courses will close at 3:00pm sharp.

Entry fees
Adult: €8
Junior/Full-time student/Unwaged/OAP: €5
Family: €20
SIs for hire. €2

Courses are as follows:

Course Distance Controls
Brown 9.0km 26
Blue 7.2km 23
Green 4.8km 18
L. Green 3.6km 13
Red 3.2km 15
Orange 2.5km 11
Yellow 1.9km 10

Kevin O’Boyle is the planner. Hugh Cashell is the organiser and controller.

When parking on the forest road please take care as there will be runners on and crossing the road.