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Entries for this event are closed and the start lists have been published.

There will be no final information sheet; instead please print whatever pages you need from this website – each page has a “Print this page” link at the bottom. This website will not change before the event so it is safe to print now. At a minimum you should print the travel and parking information, however please also take the time to carefully study the information about each event and what is happening in the Event Centre.

We are looking forward to welcoming  a record field of over 500 competitors from Ireland & Northern Ireland and as far away as Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA.

The Irish Orienteering Championships, hosted by Ajax Orienteering Club, are returning to the Dublin/Wicklow mountains for the first time since 1997 (hosted by Ajax & GEN on Derrybawn mountain) on the May Bank Holiday weekend of April 30th to May 2nd, 2011.

Ajax invites you to compete on complex open mountain terrain on Glendoo Ridge, above Glencree, and on Brockagh Mountain/Mall Hill near Glendalough. All of the areas are a short drive south of Dublin city. New maps for the relay and middle distance events have been prepared during 2010/2011 by Pat Healy of Map Masters and Aonghus O’Cleirigh of Ajax.

The championships take place over three days:
Day 1 – Saturday April 30th, 2011 – Irish Middle Distance Championships
Day 2 – Sunday May 1st, 2011- Irish Classic Distance Championships
Day 3 – Monday May 2nd, 2011- Irish Relay Championships

We have encountered a problem with the organisation of the Irish Orienteering Championships (IOC) Classic event at Carraig Na Seabhac (‘Rock of the Hawks’). Falcons and hawks breed there from April to August and we have been refused permission to organise orienteering there on 01 May.

The club has secured a viable alternative for the Classic event. GEN have generously offered us use of Brockagh Mountain/Mall Hill, which is near Carraig Na Seabhac. Although Brockagh Mountain/Mall Hill has been used on a number of occasions for orienteering it will ensure that participants from Ireland and overseas have a good orienteering experience. Travel times to the IOC Classic event from Dublin airport and ferry ports will not be significantly altered because of the change of venue. Competitors should now treat Brockagh Mountain, Brockagh East Top, and Mall Hill as out-of-bounds. (we also wish to acknowledge CNOC’s kind offer of Scarr Mountain as an alternative venue for the event.)

It is a disappointment that we cannot use Carraig Na Seabhac for IOC. A lot of effort has already gone into map survey and event preparation. However, we expect that we will be allowed to use the area for orienteering from September to March in the future.

We apologise to anyone who is inconvenienced because of the venue change.

If you are going to the JK International Festival of Orienteering in Northern Ireland the previous weekend, April 21st-25th 2011, why not stay for a few more days and enjoy some of the best orienteering that Ireland has to offer? It is now possible to run in 11 competitive orienteering events in 12 days.