Urban orienteering will be fun in Killarney

At the event launch were, from left, Daire O’Brien, Kerry Orienteers Club, Gearóid O’Doherty, Coordinator, Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership, Maeve Ryan, Kerry County Council, Susan Murphy, Killarney Municipal District Council, Geraldine Sheehan, Brendan O’Brien, Kerry Orienteers Club, Marie Sheehan and Gearóid Sheehan.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

KILLARNEY will be the place to be this next Saturday evening where locals and visitors can discover the fun of urban orienteering with family and friends.

The event, part of European Week of Sport 2021 and organised by the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership, is free, open to all ages and levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.

Coordinator Gearóid O’Doherty said it offers everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new.

“Urban orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in Killarney town,” he said.

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way,” he added.

The Kerry Orienteers Club has designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all.

Club member Brendan O’Brien said: “We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there will be several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6.00pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm.

There will be free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite and the start point is ANAM, the Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre, on East Avenue Road.

Places are limited and online registration is available on www.sportireland.ie.