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Friday, November 20, 2009

Event cancellation

Following the completion of a risk assessment of the planned event for Knockanafffrin in the Comeraghs on Sunday, I have decided to cancel the event. It has been difficult to fully plan the event with the current weather conditions. Some of the access roads are currently blocked with water. The ground is very waterlogged and it would be impossible to mark all the new water features on the map!
The weather forecast with high winds on both Saturday and Sunday was not encouraging either. 35-50kph minimum. The sea area forecast reads as follows: Outlook for a further 24 hours until 1200 Sunday 22 November 2009: South to southwest winds veering southwest to west - generally up to gale or strong gale force, and reaching storm force in places. Rain or showers at times.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Orienteering Stance

Thanks to Harry for permission to publish his poem (Shilo is his dog)

We were a happy trio,

me, Mum and leggy Shilo

arm -in -arm -off -lead

listening to

Mahon Falls


Cold air, wind rushing through me ~

every time we found

orange and white

we lurched forward

to find the


We burst back. Shilo slips,

falls ten feet into the river,

is dragged, heaved,

tossed and turned

by the rushing


I live in shocked suspense ‘til I see

him hobbling, disorientated but

trying to get back

to his familiar



One hundred and ninety seven minutes.

How can I describe them?

Top of the world



The end

November 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mahon Falls prove tough

Competitors at the Munster League event held at Davmore/Mahon Falls in the Comeraghs found the terrain tricky and heavy going. Some tried courses which were too demanding for them and ended up either taking a long time or missing a control. Full results have been posted to the IOA website.
Thank you to Pat O'Connor who planned the courses and tagged the control sites; Andrew Pim and Norman Storey who put out the controls and brought them in plus organised and ran the start; Elizabeth Storey who did registration; and Nigel Pim who did Upload and Download. Thanks to Laura for some of the pictures. As organiser of the event, I appreciate the contribution of all the club members. Thank you.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Munster Champs Success

A small but elite band travelled to Toureen Wood near Cahir for the Munster Championships. Congratulations to Liisa Honkasaari (W40), Laura Cox (W18) and Andrew Cox (M50) who were all crowned Munster Champions. Ian McHardy (M35) won the Silver medal whilst Sue Pim, Roger Johnson and Angela Cox all won Bronze medals. Well done to all concerned.