Welcome to Setanta Orienteers

Setanta 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. New members always welcome and we will endeavour to help on your orienteering journey.

For more information on our club activities or to join Setanta Orienteers please check our Contact Page


Claire Walsh RIP

Sad news of the passing of club member Claire Walsh last Friday after a long illness. Our thoughts are with her family and many friends.
Claire joined us from Three Rock many years ago and was our club champion back in 2013. Her true achievements though were in athletics were she was a multiple Irish Champion and record holder. She represented Ireland at the Olympics in 1972 and at the European Championships the year before became the first Irish female athlete to qualify for a major championship final. To me she was someone always willing to lend a hand with …

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Shanganagh Park 19th February 2023

Setanta Orienteers are staging a local come-and-try-it event at Shanganagh Park, Shankill, County Dublin this coming Sunday 19th February.
Please enter online here
Entries close Friday night. Limited entry on day with €2 surcharge per person.

There are three courses on offer.

Short course-1.9km with 11 controls,  suitable for beginners, children, families with buggies.

Medium Course– 3.7km with 17 controls suitable for improvers, includes a section outside the park. We recommend that juniors be accompanied with an adult.

Long course-5.7km with 27 controls suitable for experienced orienteers only and fit runners. Includes a section outside the …

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Vartry Reservoir – Dublin By Night 21st Jan 2023

Entries are open for the third ‘Dublin By Night’ event to be held at Vartry Reservoir on Saturday 21st January. You can enter through the Orienteering Ireland website at https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/vartry-reservoir-2  Entries are open until 23:00 on 20/1/2023.

There are two courses available –

Long – 4.8km long; 18 controls

Short – 3.4km long; 11 controls

The climb is very small on both courses. SIAC will not be enabled. Control descriptions are printed on the map with loose descriptions available at the start. Map scale is 1:7,500 with 5m contour interval.

Parking is at the Vartry Lakes car park which is …

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Rogaine Ireland 2023 24hr and 6hr

Entries close Wed 14th June

Rogaine Ireland 2023 will take place on the 17th and 18th June 2023 in the Wicklow Mountains.

Entry is via the Orienteering Ireland website at the following links.
Entry for 24hr event

Entry for 6hr event

For the entry the class options are under course. For the 24hr event, there is no solo option. Teams of 2 or more. The 6hr which is fully during daylight is for individuals or teams. For veterans all team members must be age 40 or above on the day of the event.

Start time for the 24 hr event …

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Christmas Club Walk – 28th Dec

Hi All,

The annual Setanta Christmas walk is scheduled for this day week, Wednesday 28th December.

The location this year is South Wicklow, meeting in Tinahely town centre, where a coach will bring walkers to the start point, in Aughrim.

The walk will cater for people of reasonable fitness – please make sure you have adequate footwear and clothing for the cold, wet, and muddy conditions that will be encountered. Having said all that, the terrain is fairly gentle, woodland tracks and low hills

There should be adequate parking in the Tinahely town square, the coach will leave from the …

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Wine and Chocolate O – Saturday 10th Dec

Just a quick reminder to all club members that our annual ‘wine and chocolate’ orienteering event takes place this coming Saturday at Glen of the Downs Woods. Parking is in the main forest car park which can only be accessed between junctions 9 and 10 from the south direction lanes of the NII dual carriageway.
Start is between 14:30 and 15:00. Format of the event is a scatter course with bottles of wine and chocolates galore at each control. After the event we will adjourn to the Grove Bar just beside the forest for some refreshment and finger food …

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Cushbawn Leinster League 16/10/2022

Pre-entry is at https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/cushbawn-4/
Entry is now open and will remain open until 11:00 Saturday 15th October.

Setanta Orienteers are hosting a Leinster League event this coming Sunday 16th October 2022.
The event will be at Cushbawn, Ballinaclash, County Wicklow, signposted from Ballinaclash
Google map directions https://goo.gl/maps/J3wkFYDcwvNSxDVh9

This area is mixed planted forestry with mainly good runnability and moderate rock detail.

The courses are as follows–

           Length Climb Control Technical difficulty
Yellow      2.2km  40m    10   Very Easy, Young and Novice Juniors
Orange      3.1km  90m    14   Easy, Young Juniors with experience
Red         4.2km 110m    13   Easy, Adult Beginners/Older Novice Juniors
Light Green 3.5km 100m    9    Intermediate, Some experience needed.
Green       4.6km 110m    10   Hard, Experienced only
Blue        5.7km 180m    15   Hard, Experienced only
Brown       7.4km 300m    20   Hard, Experienced only

The map has recently been updated by Pat Healy. The map scale is 1:10,000 with a 5.0m contour interval. The maps will be printed on waterproof paper with control descriptions printed on the map. There will also be loose control descriptions available in the start box.
SportIdent timing system will be used and SI cards can be rented for €2 (€40 replacement cost if lost). SIAC will not be enabled.

Important note: There is felling in the forest that only commenced last week. This felling activity is/could be ongoing. We will try to get it mapped, but there may be a map correction. This will be manually marked on the map and be highlighted in the start box. Please also stay away from newly stacked piles of timber.

Start times are between 11:00 and 13:00 with courses closing at 15:00. Cost is
Adults: €8 / person
Student: €5 / student
Unwaged: €5 / person
OAP: €5 / person
Family €20 / two adults plus 5 children max.

There will be a limited number of entry on the day for all courses subject to availability.
A surcharge of €2 per entry will be made on such entries.

The grid reference is T 1542 8413, Latitude 52.8959131 and Longitude -6.2850867. Parking is about 1km into the forest and will be along a forest road.

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Club Championships and AGM

Hello to all Setanta members,

Just want to give you all a heads up on the most important date in the Setanta club calendar – the always exciting and often unpredictable Club Champs, followed by the, traditionally mercifully brief, AGM, with lavish refreshments to follow.
This year, the date is Saturday, 1st October. The club champs are in Knocksink Wood, Enniskerry, planned/organised by yours truly, starts from 13:00 t0 13:30, with AGM in the Enniskerry Inn from 15:30 – 18:00.

Please note, for those on the egroup list who received notice of the AGM on the 31st August, the start …

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Fernhill Park and Gardens evening Come and try it event Tues 28th June 2022

Setanta Orienteers are hosting a Come and Try It – Evening Event at Fernhill Park and Gardens on Tuesday 28th June.

The event will be at Fernhill Park and Gardens, Sandyford, County Dublin. This is a new area for orienteering and Setanta wish to thank Dun Loaghaire/Rathdown County Council for permission to run the event.

Parking There is ample parking on site, including bicycle rails and electric car charging points. 

Toilets: Eco friendly toilets will be open for the duration of the event, located at the South East end of the parking area.

There are 3 courses –

Short …

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