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Great Eastern Navigators is an orienteering club based in Dublin with a membership of about 60. It consists of a wide range of people interested in orienteering and having a bit of craic. Many of our members participate in other adventure sports such as mountain biking, hill walking, mountain running, rogaines, etc.

Corkagh Demesne, 14th December 2014
Join Great Eastern Navigators in Corkagh Demesne for some Christmas cheer on Sunday 14th December:
Start times: 11:00 to 13:00
Parking is in the car park at the North end of the Park, (St. John's).  This will be sign posted from N7 Junction 2. 
Course lengths: 
Bauble (short) 1.5 km
Star (medium) 3.1 km
Christmas tree (long) 4.2 km

You can enter on-line here and pay on the day (This makes it easier for us), or just turn up on the day. Beginners and families welcome.

Entry fees:
Adult €6
Concession €4
Reduced rates for families and groups (€15 for 3 to 4 maps)
SI Card Hire €2  

Carrickgolligan (Lead Mines), Dublin Summer Series #2, Tuesday 1st July 2014

Lead Mines orienteering
GEN will host the second of the inaugural Dublin Summer Series in Carrickgolligan (aka the Lead Mines), next Tuesday 1st July 2014. Start anytime between 6-7pm.
For those familiar with the area we will use the Barnaslingan side of the forest (if you don't know where that is don't worry, full directions below).

Barnaslingan is located South of Kilternan, Co Dublin:

Orienteering in Barnaslingan

Signposting from: Enniskerry Road, Kilternan (there will only be one signpost, at the Kilternan Gallery about 500m South of Kilternan)
Directions: travelling South from Dublin on the Enniskerry Road (R117) pass through Stepaside, then the junction with Glenamuck Road to arrive at Kilternan (petrol station and Green Auto Service garage). Continue South towards Enniskerry for 500m following a line of cottages on your right. At the end of these cottages (at the Kilternan Gallery) take the left turn onto Barnaslingan Lane (you should see an 'Orienteering' sign here). Continue for about 1.5km along Barnaslingan Lane until you see Barnaslingan car park on your right.

The registration/start/finish will be at the Barnaslingan Car Park
Grid Reference: O 221 204
Latitude = 53°13'14" (north)
Longitude = 6°10'14" (west)

Car Parking: available in the Forest car park, with some overflow on the road outside (please allow gaps for cars to pass). We also have the use of the Carrickgolligan car park (turn East onto Murphy's Lane, go up the hill and the car park is on your left when the road levels out).
Bus: Route 44 stops about 1.5km from the Car Park (junction of Barnaslingan Lane and the Enniskerry Road). Alternatively continue on the 44 to the Ski Club of Ireland and cut through the forest (for the adventurous only!).

Long: 4.1km (110m climb)
Short: 1.6km (50m climb)

The courses will be relatively easy for people who are new to navigation. The Long course has some interesting route choice and is concentrated in Barnaslingan (but crosses the road to Carrickgolligan).
The short course is suitable for:
ages 4 - 10 accompanied by adults
ages 10+ unaccompanied

The short course is not suitable for buggies (although Barnaslingan has a shorter nature walk which is (the Pine Loop Trail, see http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie/?id=171&rec_site=8).

Maps: will be printed on waterproof paper at a scale of 1:7,500. Control descriptions will be printed on the map only. The map has been recently resurveyed (June 2014).
barnaslingan orienteering map

An orienteering map of the area has previously been published by Coillte. While a little out of date (some forest areas have been cut down since), you can take a look here.

SportIdent will be in use for all courses. If you don't know what SportIdent is, don't worry you can hire one for €2 and we'll tell you how it works.

For further information contact genorienteeringclub@gmail.com or 086 262 1445

Thanks to Coillte for allowing us to use the Forest and to Joe King for the lovely photo of the Lead Mines chimney above..

Ringsend Park, Dublin Summer Series #1, 24th June 2014

GEN will host the first of the inaugural Dublin Summer Series in Ringsend Park, next Tuesday June 24th 2014. Start anytime between 6-7pm.

Ringsend Park is located in Dublin 4:

Ringsend Park Orienteering

The registration/start/finish will be at the NorthWest end of Ringsend Park (just East of the main playground)
Grid Reference: O 182 338
Latitude = 53°20'31" (north)
Longitude = 6°13'25" (west)

Car Parking: There is limited on-street parking immediately around Ringsend Park (Cambridge Road to the North of the Park, the small car park by Irishtown Stadium at the South end, or Beach Road about a 4 minute walk South)
Bus: Routes 1 & 47 are a 3 minute walk to the Park, while Route 18 is about 7 minutes.
Dart: the nearest DART station is Grand Canal Dock, a 12 minute walk away

Long: 3km
Short: 1.9km

Courses will be Sprint style, but both relatively easy for people who are new to navigation. The Long course crosses Sean Moore Road so is not suitable for unaccompanied juniors.

The short course is suitable for:
  • Buggies (although very little on paths, mostly across grass)
  • ages 4 - 10 accompanied by adults
  • ages 10+ unaccompanied
Entry fees: Adult €7, Junior/student/unwaged €5, Family €20. SI card hire is an extra €2. Entry includes complimentary tea, coffee, biscuits and banter.

Maps: will be printed on waterproof paper at a scale of 1:5,000. Control descriptions will be printed on the map only. The map has been recently resurveyed (June 2014).
Ringsend Orienteering Map

SportIdent will be in use for all courses. If you don't know what SportIdent is, don't worry you can hire one for €2 and we'll tell you how it works.

For further information contact genorienteeringclub@gmail.com or 086 262 1445

Thanks to Dublin City Council for allowing us to use the Park.

Brockagh, Spring Cup, 11th May 2014

GEN will host the sixth and final Leinster Spring Cup event at Brockagh, next Sunday 11th May. 

Come and enjoy the last Sunday event of the season in Leinster. Hopefully the weather in the mountains will be kinder than last weekend!

Entry to the event is by the forest road on the R756 Laragh to Hollywood road  (Grid reference T 118 973)  and will be signposted from Laragh.  Start times will be between 11:00 and 13:00 hours. Courses will close i.e. controls removed, at 15:30.

Please pre-register using the online registration form before 9pm, Saturday 10th May and pay at the registration desk on the day.  Pre-registration does not oblige you to turn up on the day though we’d like you to.  All are welcome.

Entry fees: Adult €8, Junior/student/unwaged €5, Family €20.  SI card hire is an extra €2

Courses (planned by Andrew Butterfield): 

  • Yellow:  1.6km, 5m
  • Orange: 1.9km, 25m
  • Light green:  3.1km, 95m
  • Green:  4.8km, 155m
  • Blue: 7.2km, 170m
  • Brown:  9.0km, 245m

Parking will be along the forest road with the start being 750m (a 10 to 15 minute walk) from the parking area.  The finish is close to the parking area.

Maps will be printed on waterproof paper at a scale of 1:10 000 with 5 m contours, except for the Yellow and Orange course maps which will be at a scale of 1:7500.  Control descriptions will be printed on the map and will also be available at registration.

Courses will cross the open mountain.  Competitors are advised to carry a whistle and cagoules may be required.  All participants, including those who do not complete their course, must report to the download officials.

For further information contact gen@orienteering.ie or 087 972 3463

Thanks to Coillte for cooperation in access and Wicklow Mountains National Park for permission to use the mountain.

Carrickgolligan Night-O (December 7th)
The club's next event is Saturday December 7th. Details as follows:

Event Location: The first of the 2013/2014 Dublin by Night league events is on this Saturday December 7th at Carrickgolligan (aka Carrickgollogan, Katy Gallagher, Lead Mines - near Shankill/Rathmichael/Kilternan). It is about 300m East of Barnaslingan. Grid Reference is O 224 204. Lat/Long is 53°13'12" (north)/6°9'58" (west).

Start Times: Start Times are from 6-7pm. Control flags will be taken in starting shortly after 7pm starting with the early controls first. Courses close completely at 8pm after which time you will be disqualified if still out there. If you are likely to be slow you are very welcome to attend, but please don't show up just before 7pm, or the controls may be taken in before you get to them (the organisers would also like to get to the pub afterwards before closing time!).

Event Directions: Sign posts will be from the R117 Enniskerry road near Kilternan. From Stepaside continue South towards Enniskerry. You pass Kilternan (Ambrose Glass garage on your left), then turn left down Barnaslingan Lane (opposite the Kilternan Gallery). At the top of the hill turn left onto Murphy's Lane. More detailed directions are on http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie/?id=53&rec_site=15. 

Parking: Parking is in the Carrickgolligan Coillte car park. Please carpool if possible as parking is limited. Registration, start and finish are at the parking.

Registration: Please register for the event here. Online registration will close on Friday evening, 6th December. It will also be possible to register on the evening at the event, but if you register online it will reduce the workload for the event organisers.

Maps: Maps are printed on A4 size water resistant Aquascribe paper at a scale of 1:7,500. Contour interval is 5 metres. Control descriptions for all courses will be available at registration. Descriptions are also printed on the map.

Terrain: Mostly forest with network of paths/forest roads throughout. 

Timing: SportIdent (SI) timing will be used. SI cards are available for hire at event registration for €2. Participants must download their SI cards after orienteering, whether they complete the course or not. Otherwise the event organisers will not know if you have finished.

Event Officials:
Planner: Eoin Browne
Controller: Gavan Doherty
Organiser: Heather Wood

Course Details:
Long - 4.1k. Experienced orienteers only, this course will be considerably off paths
Short - 2.8k. Easier navigation, mostly on paths but some control flags ca 50m from paths. Suitable for novice orienteers up for a challenge if they have some outdoor/map experience.

Safety: the whole forest is surrounded by a road. if you find yourself lost go in any direction about 500m and you will reach this road. Whistles are recommended.

Entry Fees:
Adult: €6
Junior/Full-time student/Unwaged: €4

Restrictions: Over 16s only for insurance purposes, headlamp required, whistle recommended.

Refreshments: Post-event analysis and story-telling will take place in the Leopardstown Inn, Brewery Road which is close to public transport (Luas, 46A, 84) for those who need it. It has a range of bar food available (see www.leopardstowninn.ie/bar_food_menu.0.html). All welcome to attend.

Cabinteely Park
Well the sun shone, and about 130 people enjoyed Pat's clever use of Cabinteely Park.
many thanks to brenda for organising, pat for planning and Aine, Mary, ABL, Brendan, Ciaran, Heather, Creidhe, Jackie, Laurence, Andrew & David for keeping it going smoothly!
On the Long course there was plenty to think about - comparing Laurence's and Angus' times shows a real battle with Angus making up 30 seconds on Laurence from 13 onwards (still not enough to get him, although Laurence opted to run non-competitively).
Great to see new members the Mahers coming in 1 & 2 on the Medium, while SET & Fingal cousins flew around the Short the fastest.

GEN Events 2013/2014

Cabinteely Park,

Come and Try It

22nd Sept 2013


Night Orienteering

7th Dec 2013


Spring Cup  

9th March 2014

Maynooth University     

Irish Sprint Orienteering Championships

2nd May 2014


orienteering Cabinteely park

 GEN's first event of the season is a 'Come and Try It' event in Cabinteely Park on 22nd September.  Pat McCavana is busy planning the courses and Brenda is organiser.  You can expect to hear from her shortly as she looks for volunteers for the day.  Helping at events is a good way to get to know other club members and you will usually be able to fit in a run on the day as well. 

You might also print out the poster below and put it up in your local school, sports club etc. The more the merrier! Download it here.


September 2013

Firstly the club would like to extend a welcome to the Maher family and to Chris Pollard who have recently joined the club.  We look forward to meeting them at events.
Our junior club members continue to perform well.  Jonathan Quinn competed as part of the Irish junior team at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in the Czech Republic in July.  Jonathan (M18) goes on to represent Ireland at the European Youth Orienteering Championships in Portugal (25th to 27th Oct) along with club member Aoife McCavana (W18).  Meanwhile Eadaoin McCavana (W14) has been selected along with Jonathan Quinn and Aoife McCavana to compete in the Junior Home International in Wales later this month. Earlier this year Eadaoin took 2nd place in the W14 class in the British Sprint Championships.  These juniors have shown great dedication to their sport.  They are asset to the club and we wish them success in their forthcoming events.  You can get a flavour of Jonathan's orienteering by looking at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ1-KAI8Ab8 showing his run in the men's open sprint course in Lossiemouth at the Scottish 6 Day last July.

In December the club will run an evening event as part of the 'Dublin by Night' series and in March we will hold a league event in Wicklow. In May 2014 we will host the inaugural sprint event associated with the Irish Orienteering Championships (IOC). The middle distance, long distance and relay events are being run by Setanta.  The sprint event will take place on the Friday evening before the main competition days. It is hoped that sprint event will become a regular feature of the IOC.
Finally, thanks to Mary Healy for organising GEN circuit training sessions for another season, led by the highly qualified physical therapist, Colleen Robinson.  These sessions will recommence next week, Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 6.30pm - 7.30pm sharp, in  St. Brigid's Church Hall, St. Brigid's Church Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.
Full details are on the Circuits page

Looking forward to seeing you orienteering and if you've any queries don't hesitate to contact me or any of the committee (see https://sites.google.com/site/greateasternnavigators/) 

Heather Wood
(Club Chairperson)

July 2013
The highlight of the summer took place last Sunday 21st July - the great annual GEN picnic.
This was held in Newbridge House, which was originally mapped by GEN sometime back in the 1990's (or thereabouts). About 20 GEN-ites attended, including the Quinns and McCavanas on a stopover from continental orienteering and en-route to Scotland for the 6-day.

While we didn't concentrate too much on map-related matters, Aine did organise a competitive sporting endeavour, Welly Wanging. Can't quite remember who the winners were, but they were awarded lavish prizes befitting of their achievements.

The under-10s all played happily together until the lure of the giant playground became too much.

Jonathan however did take the opportunity to fit in a quick 10-mile run, so someone was flying the flag for orienteering!

Many thanks to Aine for the organisation, the McCavanas for even more organisation and to the weather for behaving so well!

GEN picnic July 2013
GEN picnic July 2013
GEN picnic July 2013

April 2013
Congratulations to GEN member Eadaoin McCavana who took second place in the W14 class in the British Sprint Championships


The Orienteering Adventure
The film "The Orienteering Adventure" is now on-line at http://www.finnvangelderen.com/O-film/
It was made by GEN members David Healy, Ondrej Pijak and Finn van Gelderen.


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