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Killarney the perfect base for national orienteering championships

It’s a wrap: The Irish Orienteering Championships 2022 were held in Kerry over four days in Killarney with 500 athletes competing in the big event organised by Kerry Orienteering Club.

Killarney town welcomed over competitors from throughout the country and overseas who were delighted to be participating over some terrific trerrainh majestic scenery, great hospitality and a wonderful atmosphere.
The four-day event generated 1,500 bednights in the greater Killarney area with 95 per cent of participants staying in the town for three nights.

Where it all began: Orienteering in Kerry began with the opening of the Cappanelea National Outdoor Pursuits Centre in 1973, when Seán Ó Suilleabháin and Joss Lynam conceived the idea of an adventure weekend. Now, 40 years later, Cappanlea is part of Kerry College of Further Education and Training offering. Acknowledging the great accomplishments of the early years, the Irish Orienteering Championships 2022 were held in Kerry this year, in Killarney town and the Killorglin campus, Marking the success of the event at Cappanalea were, from left, Colette Lawlor, Killorglin Campus, Fergal Buckley, Kerry Orienteering, Dermot O’Sullivan, Technical Standards, Paul O’Sullivan-Hourihan, Chairperson, Orienteering Ireland, Jennifer O’Carroll, Kerry Orienteers, Donal Dowd, Former Manager Cappanlea and Secretary/Organiser Kerry Orienteers, Aodhnait Carroll, Campus Manager, Brian O’Flaherty, Killorglin Campus, Theresa Foley, Killorglin Campus and Karl Sloan, Killorglin Campus.
Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

Pictured (top) are organisers of the event and members of Orienteering Ireland, at ANAM – on Killarney’s East Avenue Road – – the championship base camp, included from left, Fergal Buckley, Kerry Orienteering, Paul O’Sullivan-Hourihan, Chairperson, Orienteering Ireland, Dermot O’Sullivan, Technical Standards, Rory Costello, Chairperson, Kerry Orienteers, Donal Dowd, Secretary/Organiser Kerry Orienteers, Brendan O’Brien, Organiser/Kerry Orienteers.

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