Welcome to Setanta Orienteers

FacebookSetanta Orienteers is an active open orienteering club, affiliated to the Irish Orienteering Association. The Club has members located throughout the Dublin Region, County Wicklow, Leinster and further afield. We also have Permanent Orienteering Course's at Hellfire Wood and Massy's Estate.

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Submitted by dave weston - 11 Dec 2014

Greetings All, this year's Wine 'n Choc O is back in Knocksink Woods, just outside Enniskerry @2pm on Sunday 13th December. Given the limited amount of parking at the forest entrance it is probably best to park down at the bottom of Bog Meadow and walk up from there. There will be lots of goodies for both adults and children with controls over flowing with delights and goodies, so come along and enjoy this most festive of O events.

Submitted by admin - 5 Nov 2014

Brian PowerIt is with great sadness that we note the passing of Brian Power who died in his sleep last Tuesday night Nov 4th. 

Arrangments - Removal from Our Lady's Hospice Mortuary, Harold's Cross on Friday evening to St. Colmcille's Church, Knocklyon, arriving at 5pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 10am followed by burial in Mount Venus Cemetery.

Brian was involved in orienteering in the early days of the sport in Ireland. He surveyed and drew the Kinnity map in 1974. Brian was one of the founding members of Setanta Orienteers in 1976 and has been involved in every single aspect of the clubs activities throughout its existence. Brian has been a long serving (suffering) member of the club committee and also served on both the Regional and National Associations. Brian was heavily involved in mapping and helped produce every club map and upgrade.

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The Irish Orienteer

Some catching up to do ... - 12 Jun 2014
A Scandinavian scene: a calm lake, with forest running down to the edge, sunshine, open mountainside strewn with boulders, a cuckoo calling in the distance, clouds of voracious midges in the still evening air … orienteers lining up to start in one of the country’s most prestigious events … Are we sprinting in Sweden? Navigating in Norway? Disporting in Denmark? Actually, no: we’re orienteering in Oughterard at the 2014 Irish 3-Day in Co. Galway. Yet again the handful of orienteers west of the Shannon put in a major effort to run a top class competition for us: the extended Ryan and Duff families with the help of a few others (Martin Flynn, Padraig Higgins, Paul Dunne and Pat Healy) laid on an ambitious three days of orienteering for the hundred and fifty lucky people who entered - disappointing turnout, given that the effort for the organisers is pretty much the same whether it is 150 or 300 entrants. Two Swedes, Simon Svensson and Josefine Carlsson, took the top spots in the M and W21 Long classes, despite Kevin O'Boyle's blistering run on Monday, while many of the Irish elites were away in Italy for the World...
A Challenging Championships! - 07 May 2014
Last weekend's Irish Championships provided a range of orienteering types and of running conditions to test the competitors in every aspect of their orienteering, from a fast and furious urban sprint race at the Maynooth university campus on Friday, through mist and heather at the Middle Distance on Saturday, to energy-sapping peat hags and 5-metre visibility on Sunday and even a bit of forest and some steep hills to finish us off on Monday.Setanta Orienteers and Great Eastern Navigators came together to run the event, with GEN running the sprint on a lovely new map by Jonathan Quinn, and Setanta running the remaining three races near the Wicklow Gap.The sprint at Maynooth, where the Elite race was won by 3ROC's Colm Moran by 2 seconds from favourite Darren Burke, had perfectly judged winning times of close to 12 minutes, with Colm finishing in 11.59 and Elite Ladies winner (no surprises here!) Niamh O'Boyle in 12.27. In a sprint, every second counts, and classes were won and lost by the smallest of margins.The courses were confined to the northern part of the campus, with many small and oddly-shaped buildings,...
Full Steam Ahead - 08 Apr 2014
The high point of the year, the Irish Championships, is approaching and promises to be a great weekend’s orienteering, with a major contrast between the intricacy of the Maynooth University campus for the Sprint on Friday, to the open mountainside, peat hags, moraines and glacial deposits of the following three days around Turlough Hill and the Wicklow Gap. Before that, though, we’re in high gear for the Leinster Championships, the European Championships and the JK at Easter. The Leinsters saw a respectable turnout coming to the midlands for CNOC’s event on April 6th, travelling from all four provinces. Carrigmeal forest, spread over several distinct limestone hills near Portlaoise, is a largely runnable deciduous forest with crags and quarries, along the lines of Mullaghmeen in Co. Westmeath. Like Mullaghmeen, the forest has some interesting history: Mullaghmeen is the largest planted beech forest in the country, while the forest at Carrigmeal was planted as part of the Marshall Plan to get Europe back on its feet economically, in the years after the Second World War, according to the farmer whose field we used for...
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