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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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

Hi
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 – DBN 12/2/22

Setanta Orienteers are hosting a Dublin by Night event this coming Saturday 12th February 2022. 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. There are two courses –
Long – 4.0km long; 140m climb; 19 controls
Short – 2.5km long; 85m climb; 14 controls
Both courses have technically difficult control sites and orienteering legs. This event is suitable for experienced orienteers and juniors who are accompanied.
The map has recently been surveyed by Pat …

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Annual General Meeting and club championship

This years Annual General Meeting will take place online on Friday 19th November at 7.30pm. The details of joining the Zoom meeting have been posted to club members. The meeting will take the usual format, with reports from the officers followed by election of new committee and then an open forum. If you have any particular items that you would like to have placed on the agenda or any proposed changes to the club constitution, please send to me by next Friday 12th November (to setanta-committee@googlegroups.com). It is hoped that as many of you as possible will join us to …

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Wine and Chocolates / Christmas Walk

Hi All

Unfortunately we are not in a position to run our annual wine and chocolate orienteering event that was scheduled for this weekend. We will also not be staging our Christmas Walk on the 28th of this month either. Both these cancelations are due to the ongoing pandemic and associated restrictions. Sadly, I doubt if these cancellations are a surprise to anyone.

We wish you all a happy and safe Christmas, and here’s looking forward to next year with optimism.

Club Committee…

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Events cancelled

Due to the ongoing pandemic our scheduled events at Cushbawn on 18th October and at Hellfire Woods on 15th November are cancelled. We still have our annual wine and chocolates orienteering and the Christmas walk for the 12th and 28th December respectively. We live in hope.
Thanks to all who zoomed in for the club AGM. The new committee is Chairperson – Dave Weston, Secretary – Mick Mangan, Treasurer – Brendan O’Connor, with Fergus Byrne, Paul Keville, Eileen Walsh and Denis Deasy as committee members.…

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