Shamrock O-Ringen Club Presentations

posted 9 Jun 2013, 15:36 by Elaine Sheridan

During this years Shamrock Sessions Cork Orienteering Club (CorkO) took the opportunity to make two special presentations to two very valued club members. Both of whom have make significant contributions to the staging of the Shamrock O-Ringen since it's inception back in 1989. 

Bobby O'Connor is the CorkO tackle master and the man that knows everything in relation to staging events from parking capacity (width of cars especially!), signage, gear inventory to the construction of crossing points. A lot can be learned from following Bobby's lead.

Fiona O'Riordan (CorkO Chairperson) presenting Bobby O'Connor with a specially commissioned Stephen Pearce Plate.

David O'Donovan has assisted with all eighteen of the club's Shamrock O-Ringens both planning and organising individual days. In particular he has been a valued member of the start team at each of these events and knows many of our regular Shamrock overseas participants by name.

Fiona O'Riordan (CorkO Chairperson) presenting David O'Donovan with a specially commissioned Stephen Pearce Plate.

Shamrock Sessions and Leaders Routes Now Available

posted 8 Jun 2013, 15:54 by Elaine Sheridan

Several of the speakers at this years Shamrock Sessions have kindly given us the slides they presented on the night. So if you missed these informative talks or would like to review the slides you can now download the presentations from the bottom of The Shamrock Sessions page.

Also the routes presented by the Day 1 and Day 2 W21E and M21E course leaders at the Table Quiz and The Shamrock Sessions respectively have also been uploaded to the website on the Route Gadget page. These provide an interesting insight into how orienteers interpret the map. 

Final Results

posted 7 Jun 2013, 02:26 by John Scannell


Final results for the 2013 Shamrock O-Ringen have now been posted on the results pages.  Also a selection of photos from all the weekend's activities have been uploaded to the Photos section of the website.  We sincerely hope that you enjoyed your weekend in the Killarney area & we would welcome any feedback or comments you might have on the event.

CorkO are extremely grateful to all those who helped make this event a success. We would like to acknowledge the co-operation and support of all the landowners, Coillte, Bord Gais Energy, The Gathering Fund, Killarney Racecourse, Killarney Order of Malta, An Garda Siochana, Benchmark Hospitality, Celtic Steps, Stephen Pearce Pottery.  Similarly, we would like to thank all of the event officials from CorkO and beyond for planning, controlling, organising, mapping & stewarding ths event. 

Day 3 Round-Up

posted 3 Jun 2013, 15:37 by Elaine Sheridan

Today was the 3rd and final day of 18th Shamrock O-Ringen, and saw our orienteers chase one another on Crohane Lake in an exciting Chasing Start.

Congratulations to everyone who took part this year, on the physically and mentally challenging terrain of The Black Lakes, Crohane Mountain and Crohane Lake. Well done to all the Class Winners, and in particular to our new M21E and W21E champions, Eric Ivarsson Sandberg of OK Densein (SWE) and Aine McCann of LVO (NI).

We hope you enjoyed the event... please use the Contact form to send us your feedback (both good and bad!) about the event. We would be delighted if people would write up race reports and send them to us to post on our website. 

Also if you took any photos over the duration of the event we would delighted if you would share them with us, so please do e-mail them on (

Day 3 Start Times Online

posted 2 Jun 2013, 12:06 by Elaine Sheridan

Day 3 chasing start times are now available online here.
Best of luck to all tomorrow!

Day 2 Results Now Online

posted 2 Jun 2013, 09:17 by Elaine Sheridan

Hope you enjoyed the day on Crohane Mountain and are looking forward to the chasing start in the morning.

Day 1 Results Now Online

posted 1 Jun 2013, 16:57 by Elaine Sheridan

We hope you all enjoyed the novelty of orienteering near a fully operational windfarm. The wind turbines were pretty impressive and we hope they didn't distract you on your run!

Rick Houghton from Compass Point mobile shop was at the assembly area on day one but if you missed him don't worry his mobile unit will also be at the event centre (Killarney Racecourse) on Sunday June 2nd from 5 to 9pm.

Look Cool, Feel Cool and Stay Cool

posted 30 May 2013, 15:11 by Elaine Sheridan

Look cool, feel cool and stay cool at this year's Shamrock O-Ringen by donning one of our special limited edition Shamrock O-Ringen t-shirts. A great memento from this the 18th Shamrock O-Ringen.

These active wear tops are priced at just €12 each and will be on sale at the event centre in Killarney Racecourse on Friday May 31st from 4.00pm - 8.00pm and at the assembly area on each of the competition days while stocks last!

Alternatively you can beat the queues and reserve one online.

These t-shirts as (pictures below) sport the 2013 Shamrock O'Ringen logo on the front. The back contains the Bord Gais Energy and Gathering logos as a mark of our appreciation to both these organisations for their assistance in staging this event.

Compass Point O-Shop Coming to Shamrock..........

posted 30 May 2013, 09:17 by John Scannell

Rick Houghton from the well known UK-based Orienteering & Outdoors Shop has confirmed that he is bringing his mobile shop to sell at this years Shamrock O-Ringen.  This will be an ideal opportunity to pick up the latest in O-Gear, Compass's etc.  Why not stop by his stall and look through all his special offers........ Rick will setup shop at the assembly area on Day 1 and will also setup at the event centre Killarney Racecourse, on Day 2 Sunday afternoon from 5 - 9pm while the BBQ and Shamrock sessions are being held.

Flaming Great News.......Shamrock BBQ Sunday June 2nd 6pm

posted 30 May 2013, 03:01 by Elaine Sheridan

We’re presently experiencing some ideal BBQ weather here in Ireland at the moment so let’s hope it lasts for the weekend.

No doubt one of the great social gatherings of the Shamrock O-Ringen weekend will be the Shamrock BBQ. This event will provide a perfect occasion to socialise with your fellow orienteers and discuss the day’s adventures or perhaps misadventures on Crohane and Carrigawaddra terrain.

The BBQ will be served at 6pm at the stunning setting of the Killarney Racecourse our event centre for the weekend. Killarney Racecourse is certainly Ireland’s Most Scenic Racecourse and possibly the World’s (they’re not exaggerating here). The magnificent McGuillycuddy Reeks, Lakes of Killarney and Ross Castle will provide a very picturesque backdrop for our BBQ event. The bar will also be open to serve drinks to quench your thirst.

The delicious BBQ menu will include

  • Irish beef steak burger in a floury bap,
  • Jumbo sausage,
  • Citrus marinated chicken paillard,
  • Baked potato and a
  • Choice from a selection of salads. 
  • Plus a delicious dessert.
All for the great value price of just €12.

And there’s more..….there will be live music to entertain you while you dine as some traditional Irish musician will play a few jigs and reels between 5:45pm and 8:15pm. Dancing shoes are optional! The BBQ event will be followed by The Shamrock Sessions.

BBQ tickets will be on sale at the Information Desk on Day 1 in the Assembly Area, or at the event centre on the Friday evening. As there is a limited number, please buy these tickets early, they will not be available to buy on the day! BBQ tickets can also be reserved using the online form, but must be paid for at the information desk on Day 1, or at the event centre on Friday evening. Please note at a vegetarian option will also be available to those that specify this when purchasing their ticket.

Don’t miss out! Get your BBQ tickets early!

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