Outdoor (also known as Adventure) Sports include Orienteering; Mountaineering; Caving; Hot Air Ballooning. These Sports involve navigating or using a map.

Orienteering Ireland

Leinster League; Munster League; South East League; Dublin by Night League; Kingdom League (Kerry); Greenway Series

Orienteering combines running with the discipline of Map Reading, whereby teams of players must find pre-set stations around a course, usually in an Outdoors Area, and return home in the quickest time. Penalties occur when a station is not reached in the correct order.

Orienteering Ireland organises Leagues in Leinster, Munster, the South East, Dublin and Kerry.

Dublin by Night Long (Level 1) (Seasons): 2018

Greenway Series (Seasons): 2020

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Irish Bouldering League

There are two main types of Competitive Mountaineering in Ireland: Hill Running and Bouldering.


The Irish Bouldering League is under Mountaineering Ireland and is run over 5 Competitions each year, with 30 problems to be solved in each competition. Points are scored from 10 Points to 1 depending on which attempt a climber solves a problem (10 Pts for 1st Attempt, 7 Pts for 2nd Attempt etc) [See Articles for References]

Irish Bouldering League

IBL Senior Female (Seasons): 2020-21


Speleological Union of Ireland

Speleoligical Union of Ireland

Speleological Union of Ireland Logo [Reference: 1]

The Speleological Union of Ireland governs Caving in Ireland, which its’ website says is diverse and welcoming. There are 10 active Caving Clubs in Ireland, including 5 Student Clubs. There are caves in almost every part of Ireland with some as long as the 16km passage in Pollnagollum, Co. Clare, with the largest concentration in Co. Clare (Munster) and Co. Fermanagh and Co. Cavan (Ulster). There are new caves discovered all the time and caves yet to be discovered.

Speleological Union of Ireland

Caving Clubs List

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