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Dublin by Night #3 – Killiney Hill Park – Sat Jan 27th

Event Directions and Parking:
There will be no specific orienteering signposting. Registration is at the main Killiney Hill Car Park (entrance at the junction of Saval Park Road and Dalkey Avenue).
Google Maps search: ‘Killiney Hill Car Park’
Google Map:
Sat Nav: 53°16’09.4″N 6°06’36.7″W (53.269267, -6.110206)
Grid Reference: O 259 262

Registration will be at the furthest/southern-most point from the entrance in the car park.

There is ample parking.

Start Times:
You can start any time between 6:30pm – 7:30pm. If you are a slower competitor please consider starting closer to 6:30pm. The organisers plan to take in controls starting at 7:45pm with all controls in by 8:15pm.

Post Orienteering Refreshments:
Given the area’s proximity to Dalkey we have booked some seating in ‘The Club’ pub in Dalkey (rather than tea/biscuits at the event). Food is available ( The Club is on Coliemore Road ( Parking is available in a small car park opposite the front door, on-street throughout Dalkey or in the Church of the Assumption.

Map & Courses:
A4 in size, scale 1:5,000 with 5m contours. Printed on recycled waterproof paper (there is an old map on the back). The map has had minor updates made in recent weeks. For those who’ve orienteered here previously (last event Feb 2013), much of the detail – particularly in the forest – has altered a bit (eg crags overgrown). As a result much of the navigation on the Long course will be (hopefully) more about route choice than fine detailed navigation. The Short course is easier in terms of navigation.
Long Course: 3.7km
Short Course: 1.8km
Control Descriptions will be available loose at registration.

Beginners & Juniors:
For insurance purposes this event is open only to 16 years and older. If you’re new to orienteering, have a headlight and are up for adventure let the organisers know and they will show you what to do. If you’re afraid of being out in a forest after dark try the next day-time orienteering instead! Unfortunately, due to the nature of the terrain, this event is not buggy friendly.
– You don’t have to be in a club to take part
– you can go in pairs, groups or individually (bring a friend!)


Adult: €8 (€6 for club members)
Junior/Student/OAP/Concession: €5
Family: €20

There is a €2 discount for any participant who is already a member of an orienteering club. You can join GEN here today, membership is free for the first year.
By joining a club you can avail of discounted gear (eg the SI card) and meet others and share training, lifts etc.

Results will be published on

Event Officials:
Organiser: Mary Healy
Planner: Gavan Doherty

Orienteering is an adventure sport. You take part at your own risk and you are responsible for your own safety. In the event of inclement weather this event may be cancelled at short notice – check this website before travelling. The organisers may require you to carry a rain jacket so please come prepared. You must report to the finish even if you do not get all the controls.

GEN Orienteering club are grateful to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for permission to hold this event and AJAX Orienteering club for graciously sharing their map with us.

Please bring you waste home with you – do not expect the organisers to take it away for you.

Leinster League Event in Trooperstown – Sunday December 10th

UPDATE (Dec 10th 8:45am). Unfortunately the road from Kilmacanogue to Laragh is snow covered. TROOPERSTOWN EVENT IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

UPDATE (Saturday 9th Dec, 1pm). At present the Trooperstown event is going ahead, controls are being put out. The snow forecast will not affect course safety which are mostly in the forest.

The only risk is of the roads to Trooperstown being impassable. Wicklow County Council advise that they have snow ploughs to clear the main roads but we will know better in the morning.
GEN will update the GEN website ( tomorrow morning (Sunday) by 9:15am advising or road viability (Kilmacanogue -> Laragh).

GEN is organising the final event in the 2017 Leinster League on Sunday 10th December, near Laragh, Co Wicklow. 

Trooperstown Orienteering

Suitable for:
Experienced orienteers, beginners, adults, children (about 6 years +) and family groups. If you planning to bring a large group, please contact us at
If you have never orienteered or navigated before you are very welcome – we recommend you read the IOA FAQ on
and ask for some advice and guidance from any of the event officials. We will be happy to help.
If you’re new don’t mind the ‘League’ thing – you’re welcome to turn up without being in the League!

Start Times:
You can start any time between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm. Allow about 20-30 minutes to register first and walk to the start.
The start is about 500m walk from the car park but the final part up a steep incline. Allow about 15 minutes walk from the car park.

Yellow 1.8km – suitable for parents with children, experienced juniors and novice/ramblers
Orange 2.6km – as per the Yellow but slightly trickier/longer
Red 3.9km – for runners/strong walkers who would like an introduction to navigation
Light Green 4.2 km – for experienced orienteers
Green 4.1km – for experienced orienteers
Blue 6.2km – for experienced orienteers
Brown 7.3km – for experienced orienteers

Scale 1:10,000
5-m contour intervals
printed on waterproof paper (except Yellow/Orange which will have waterproof bags)
New IOF ISOM 2017 symbols are in use.

€8 for adults (+€2 to hire the SI card if required), €5 for children, unwaged, 65+, €20
for family group.
The €2 for SI card hire is waived for GEN members. If you are not a member of any club then you can join GEN for free at the event. Please ask at registration for details.
There is no pre-entry for this event; just turn up and register on the day.

From Dublin head south along the N11. Turn off the N11 at Kilmacanogue heading South following signs for Roundwood, Laragh & Glendalough along the R755.

After Roundwood you pass through Annamoe. 2.6km after Annamoe, you will see a Coillte sign for Trooperstown on your left (opposite the Trooperstown Lodge B&B). Turn in here. If you get to Laragh you have gone too far, turn back, and the turn is now on your right after 1.6km. When you turn off the R755, leave the Mountain Rescue building on your left and continue down a rough road until you get to the car park. Don’t go over the bridge, registration is in the car park before the bridge.
GPS Coordinates are 53.011046, -6.274175

We are adjourning to the Coach House in Roundwood which does food ( for the Leinster League prizegiving and a general festive catch-up and chat. All welcome, especially if you’re new!

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