Irish Champs 2005

IRISH Orienteering Championships 2005
Sat 30thApril-Mon 02 May

General Information

Organisers: Galway Orienteers "The Western Eagles", Curragh-Naas Orienteers, (CNOC) and GMIT Orienteers

Date: Sat 30th April Sprint Championships 5-6pm, Sunday 1st May Individual Championships 11am-2pm Monday 2nd May Irish relay Chmps.
Venue: 'INISHBOFIN ISLAND' Connemara Co Galway, O.S. Sheet 37 Connemara Grid Ref: L 540 650.

Travel Directions:
From the North: Sligo, Castlebar, Westport, Letterfrack, Cleggan.
From elsewhere: Galway Clifden Cleggan
From Cleggan take the ferry, boat journey takes 35-40 mins. Details and times later.
Timings: Dublin to Galway 4hr30 mins Galway to Cleggan 1hr 45 mins.
Allow 15min for parking.

Parking is in a field @ ?5 for three nights. There are Four sites available:
1. Pat Walshes 25 Cars. 2. Leo DeCourcy 30 cars 3. Honorette Churchill 25 Cars. 4. On Pier 12 cars. These will be sign posted in Cleggan from Friday Evening.

Map : Scale 1:10,000 and 1:7500 and 1:5000 with 5 Metre Contours. Surveyed 2004/05 by Pat Healy.

Terrain: Open undulating and very runnable hillside with intricate contour detail and few tracks and paths.Ground cover varies from bare rock to low Heather. Most of the re-entrants contain marsh with some uncrossable. All rock features are not mapped, the black line symbol without tags will be used for most crags. All open land is shown as white and all fields and farm land which is strictly out of bounds is shown as Yellow.

Irish Club Relay Championships Monday 2nd May Mass Start 10am

Classes: All classes will be available subject to demand.

Entries: Entries to Frank Ryan, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Galway
Entry Forms available from Frank Ryan Email:
And from your Club Secretary

Closing Date: Friday 18th March 2005. Entries received after this date may not be accepted.

Fees: The fees are Adults ?12.00, Juniors (M/W18-), Student and M/W65+ ?6.00, Family ?30.
Please note that entries will not be accepted unless accompanied by entry fees.
Cheques to be made payable to Galway Orienteers "The Western Eagles"

Competitors from Northern Ireland or UK may send sterling cheques as a guarantee and pay in sterling or euro on arrival and get their cheque back

Start List: Start list will be published on e groups and individual start times and results will only be sent to those enclosing S.A.E for each entry.

Electronic Punching: Remember to include your SI number on the entry form.
SI cards can be hired at ?2 each and picked up at registration
Lost cards will be charged at ?30 each.

Orienteering is an adventure sport. All competitors take part at their own risk
All competitors are advised to carry a whistle. All competitors must carry a compass and be able to use it.

Travel and Accommodation
Note: Accommodation on the Island is limited so it is advisable to book early avoid commuting daily from the Mainland.

Food: There is one small Post office / shop on the Island. The advice for those taking a house is to book an evening meal and or breakfast in either of the Hotels. Murrays will take bookings.

Hotels: Both Day's and Murray's have views to dream about, and both offer excellent food. Murray's Hotel was extended and upgraded two years ago, while the current owners of Day's, Mrs Day's son Brendan and his wife Bridie, hope to open in January 2005 after almost 2years spent refurbishing in preparation for this event.

Meanwhile, the island has several quality B&Bs as well as a hostel which has 30 bunks and family rooms. Across the road from the Hostel is a very good restaurant .

Ferries:There are two ferries, the Dun Aengus and the Aran Queen, each of which sails three times daily between Cleggan and Inishbofin from Easter to October. Tickets for sailings are available on the ferry at a special Week end rate for Orienteers ?12 return for adults and ?6 euro return for children.

There is another Ferry:The Western Kingfisher, owned and run by Johnny King from Cleggan, is the smallest (12 passengers) and fastest boat (approx. 35 minutes) to Inishbofin. It will run a taxi-type service to the island at any time.
Tel: (095) 44649

List of Hotels B& Bs and Self Catering Houses

Hotel No of rooms Tel
Day's Hotel 30 En Suite 095-45809095-45803
Murrays 20 En suite 5 standard 095-45814095-45804

Inishbofin Hostel 38 beds 095-45855

B& Bs
Island House 4 En suite rooms 095-45817095-45829
Elliot's B&B 1x Ensuite room 095-45853
Lapwing House 2 En Suite Rooms 095-45996
Emerald Cottage 1 en suite 1x std 095-45865
The Galley 5 En Suite Rooms 095-45894
Self Catering Houses Tel
Frances Day 095-45865
Bridget Cunnane 095-45911
Noel Shofield 095-45812 086-8551880
Henry Kenny 095-45844
Regina King 095-45833
Clodagh Coyne 095-45807
Pat Coyne 095-45834
Agatha Bourke 095-45870
Ann Marie Bourke 095-45815
Pat Concannon 095-45819
Pauline King 091-521616
Lena Shofield 095-45812
Fiona Lavelle 095-45817
Anne McCabe 095-45856
Mary Keogh Burke 095-45824

Accommodation Plan B
If you discover that all the accommodation has been booked by Diving Groups and other Tourists it is always possible to stay in Cleggan and commute daily for your competition.
In this case please contact Connemara Coastal Cottages also check their web site email: ask for Julia Alcock from Cleggan. Phone 095-44307 mention the orienteering in Inish Bofin and ask for a special week-end rate.
For further information about the Island check out the web site.
Regards : Frank Ryan & Pat Healy

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