ICRO 50th anniversary

The 50th anniversary of ICRO’s founding occurs this year and to celebrate this, a number of events will be held on Saturday 11th June 2011.

The Grand Opening of the ICRO NW rescue base will be held at Cladagh Glen with demonstrations and group photos to be taken. From there, we will move to the Killyhevlin House Hotel near Enniskillen where a formal dinner will be held with ICRO/guest speakers, slide show and partying until the small hours.

Tickets for the dinner will cost €35/£30 and are available from les dot brown at gmail dot com. Note that tickets are limited.

New ICRO management tool

Irish Cave Rescue Organisation Management Tool Goes Live – March 2011

The ICRO rescue management tool (http://www.icro.ie) has finally gone live,
ahead of this weekends rescue practice. Most active ICRO members have
already been given account details for the website, but if you did not receive
an email and would like an account, please contact david dot masterson at gmail dot com
directly and he’ll sort you out. Please note that you must hold FFS insurance
(or equivalent) to be called out to ICRO events.

AECS Level 1 Basic First Aid Course

When: Fri 1st evening, Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd April 2011 (starts in 12 days away)

Accommodation:       Free with course fee

Where: Doolin, Co. Clare

Cost: €60

Prerequisites: none

Registration: click here

Who should attend:

o    cavers with expired certs of a similar or higher level

o    cavers who would like to try first aid

o    cavers wishing to progress to higher levels in first aid

o    BCLs / CLs who need a valid cert

Please contact SUI   training officer or ICRO first aid officer with any questions.

N.B. To progress to AECS Level 2 you will need to have a valid AECS Level 1 even if you have done REC etc, so book your place now!


The Speleological Union of Ireland and Irish Cave Rescue Organisation are holding the 27th annual SUICRO Symposium in Doolin, County Clare. The event is being held at Hotel Doolin over the Irish bank holiday weekend of the 28rd -31th October 2011.  Doolin is well known to cavers and needs no introduction- caves and music aplenty and choice of accommodation.

To make a booking please contact the hotel (www.hoteldoolin.ie). As usual the weekends proceedings will include the SUI AGM, the ICRO AGM, the raffle, the Sunday quiz,  and the open forum.

The meaning and use of caves and cairns




25 March – gather at Gyreum with supper before bed

Saturday 26 March  (830-930 breakfast)

10oo Introduction by Dr. Marion Dowd topic/ slide show/ powerpoint / how our ancestors made use of Caves followed by  Q&A.                1115 Coffee Break

1130-13oo Mythological associations with Caves with Seosamh MacMurrai. King Cormac Mac Art brought up by wolves at Kesh etc etc. Diarmuid and Grainne’s cave on the side of Ben Bulben. The Cave of the Cats at Rathcroghan. 13oo-14oo Lunch.  Seamus McMurrai takes us to Kesh Caves and hike from there east towards Carrowkeel, to cave/ sink well south of Cairn B and to Cairn B for sunset. 1930 Stone Age Banquet with Ruari Druid Chef Morahan at Gyreum. 21oo Optional Movie QUEST FOR FIRE on big screen and surround sound.

Sunday 27 March  (Big big Breakfast 09oo-10oo)

10oo-1130 Science of Caves.  Dr. Robert Hensey. A more detailed analysis of caves and their uses in terms of bones, artifacts, layers, how deeply explored by our ancestors and by modern cavers. From Cave to Cairn building, cairn positioning above the treeline.

Travel to the Gleniff Valley (50minutes) Climb up to  Diarmaid & Grainne’s cave at the north side of Ben Bulben.  Needs sturdy boots and some hardiness.  It’s a steep climb.   Lunch inside the huge cave,the highest in Ireland.

1730 or so Disperse for Home.

Gyreum, Corlisheen, Riverstown, Co Sligo +353 71 9165994 www.gyreum.com