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Connacht Champs winners!

A total of 31 Great Eastern Navigators headed over to the Connacht Champs and came back bearing many podium places!!
Gerry Browne – 3rd M10
Hans van Gelderen – 1st M12
Bill Coyle – 2nd M45L
David Quinn – 3rd M65L
Niamh Browne – 1st W10
Cliodhna Donaghy – 2nd W14
Eadaoin McCavana – 3rd W18A
Aoife McCavana – 2nd W21L
Heather Wood – 2nd W45L
Edith Bridcut = 2nd W50L
Jackie McCavana – 1st W45S
Terre Duffy – 2nd W45S
Mary Healy – 2nd W60L
Brenda Hynes – 3rd W60L

A great set of photos was taken by Roger:

Apparently a challenging map and courses, so well done all!!

Carrickgollogan (Lead Mines) “Come & Try It” Sunday 16th October

Come and try Orienteering at Carrickgollogan this Sunday (or for an extra challenge come and test your map memory!).

Parking will be at Puck’s Castle Golf Course on Puck’s Castle Lane. Revised grid reference O 232 211, signposted from the R116 (Ballycorus Road). The owners of the golf course have kindly made their car park available for this event. In exchange we will ask you for a donation of €2 per car (for a charity of the landowners’ choice). Please do not venture or allow children to venture on the golf course.

Map to get there is:
GPS Coordinates are 53°13’35.8″N 6°09’18.9″W (53.226609, -6.155258)
Grid Reference is O 232 211

Courses are Long, Short, and Wayfarers, with Short and Wayfarers ideal for beginners. Both the Long and the Short courses can be done instead as map-memory courses, i.e. the competitor receives no map and does a series of loops visiting 2-3 controls at a time, before returning to the master maps to refresh their memory for the next loop. If they feel they can complete the next loop, without going back to see the map, all the better and the more distance/climb you save yourself. But, if your memory fades, before you complete the loop……
– You don’t have to be in a club to take part
– You can take part in pairs, groups or individually

Entry Fees
The usual entry charges will apply €8 / adult; €5 / child, student, pensioner etc.; €20 family group. SI Card hire €2. Start times 11 am to 1 pm.

We hope you enjoy the event.

Cabinteely Park – June 30th (Tuesday evening)

Cabinteely Park Orienteering

Cabinteely Park Orienteering

GEN is running a ‘Come and Try it’ event in Cabinteely Park as part of a series of Tuesday evening events.

Suitable for:
Accompanied children (4 years +), Novices with no navigation experience (ramblers, runners, outdoor enthusiasts etc). Buggies: parents with buggies should justabout manage the short course, but it’s mostly on grass with a few forays into the woods, so it won’t be easy.
You don’t have to pre-enter or have any special equipment. If you haven’t been orienteering before read the IOA FAQ on
If you have never orienteered or navigated before you are very welcome – just ask for some advice and guidance from any of the event officials and we will be happy to help.
The weather is currently looking nice. Tea & biscuits will be available, free to any participants. Toilets are located at the car park (€0.20c coin operated).

Start Times:
You can start any time between 6pm and about 7pm.

Short: 1.6km – ideal for completely novice navigators, children (4+ years accompanied, 10+ alone)
Long: 3.7km – ideal for children 14+, adults with no navigation experience

1:2,500 scale, printed on waterproof paper

€5 for seniors, €4 for children, unwaged, 65+

Turn off the N11 at Cornelscourt, heading SW for the M50. Turn up Cornelscourt Hill Road. After 300m take the first left at the roundabout onto Park Drive. Continue straight for 400m until you reach the car park for Cabinteely Park. Park here and walk into the park – registration is in front of Cabinteely House. If the car park is full there is ample parking on the surrounding streets and in the shopping centre car park.

normal Grid Ref = O 227 249
10 digit Grid Ref = O 22799 24918
Latitude = 53.26041 (north)
Longitude = -6.15958 (west)
Latitude = 53°15’37” (north)
Longitude = 6°9’34” (west)
Tetrad = O22H

Map (

If you have any questions please contact or 086 262 1445.

Junior Training in Cabinteely Park

Last Sunday saw a new initiative by Pat & Jackie McCavana – junior junior training.

14 GEN juniors turned out, ranging from about 4 years to 10 years old. A number of map-based exercises were available which culminated in a mapped ‘tape maze’ relay.

Many thanks to Pat & Jackie and well done to all our budding juniors who hopefully benefitted from the session (and enjoyed it as well by the looks of things!).

Tape Maze relay

Tape Maze relay





Junior Juniors find Control 1

Junior Juniors find Control 1





expert tutor!

Well done Jarvis, our Leinster Champion!

Well done to the GEN winner of the recent Leinster Orienteering Championships, our M10 Leinster Champion, Jarvis Hodkinson!

We had several other junior finishers on the podium, most notably Aoife McCavana who despite being fastest on most of the legs was let down by 5, 6 & 7 (but then caught up on Roisin on several of the legs after that). Other juniors in action were Paul Butterfield, Hans vanGelderen, Joseph Butterfield, Dexter Hodkinson, Eadaoin McCavana. Well done all!

Of the seniors, podium placers were Pat McCavana, Des Doyle, Mick Kellett and Heather Wood. Well done all!

Go GEN, go!


Welcome back!

Great to see “Super” Ted McCormack and Christian Foley-Fisher & Audrey back at Bull Island. Welcome back all Ted’s had knee problems which he’s hopefully through, and Christian & Audrey are somewhere sunny…!!?? Christian& Audrey drop us a comment below if you’re alive and kicking – I couldn’t find “Forest OC” on t’interwebs, but it’s obvious you’re training & keeping fit!


The Annual General Meeting (aka AGM) took place on March 1st chez Quinn. After formal business concluded, the main part of the evening kicked in, with Brenda & the “Staff” producing endless helpings of lasagne, salads & other treats! The 7 or 8 juniors were also in the front room enjoying their supper & a specially commissioned movie night, so everyone was happy.


The business end of proceedings culminated in a new chairman (Andrew Butterfield), ably assisted by a new incoming committee.

An excellent time was had by all.


Happy faces chez Quinn


Trevor takes first place

Well done to Trevor Hodkinson on taking first place in Djouce Woods last Sunday. It was a tough course physically, with several options on route choice. I had the misfortune to catch Trevor as we’d started 2 or 3 minutes apart. The man was on fire! Ever leg we went head to head, he picked the better route… his victory was well deserved. Beating Paul Keville (who’s also currently on fire if his IMRA placings are anything to go by) is no mean feat. Well done Trevor!

Trevor Hodkinson beats top IMRA runner in Djouce orienteering

Trevor Hodkinson beats top IMRA runner in Djouce orienteering

Come on Kellett!

Mick Kellett

Mick Kellett (© IMRA/John Shiels)

The club would like to wish Mick Kellett (pictured, in his GEN gear running up Lugnaquilla last year) a speedy and full recovery. He felt unwell trekking across Mayo solo a few weeks back, so during a spell in hospital was fitted with stents for a heart condition. We’ll be expecting him to act his age (ie go a bit slower!), but are glad that all is OK with him.