SUICRO 2013 – the annual conference of the Speleological Union of Ireland and the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation – is drawing ever nearer! An outline of the conference is now available online and can be viewed here. Entrance is free and allcomers are welcome!
The SUI is proud to announce that the first issue of Irish Speleology, published in 1965, has been posted online in the Members Only section of the website. The latest issue of Irish Speology is due to be launched at SUICRO 2013 marking 48 years since its inception. Further issues of Irish Speleology will also be available to view online by members over the coming weeks.
SUI members interested in obtaining CIC training should please contact email@example.com before the end of September. The SUI’s five year plan which contains a commitment to increase the number of CIC holders (which is the highest recognised caving qualification in Ireland and the UK) within the membership. CIC training expands on the SUI’s CL qualification but perhaps most significantly involves many higher SRT skills as well as training people in SRT use. Potential candidates must hold a valid CL qualification as a minimum. Training places will be partially subsidised by the SUI. For further information on CIC go here
The Autumn edition of Underground, the SUI’s regular newsletter, is coming up soon. Deadline for submission of articles is 31st of August so please send your pieces to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . Underground is your rag as the Irish caving community, we’ll print (pretty much) anything vaguely caving related. Send surveys, photos, monologues, anything. Don’t forget articles in Underground are eligible for the annual SUI Literary Award so send them in!
The SUI is pleased to announce an update to membership rates for 2014. The rates schedule has been updated in response to requests from members to allow greater flexibility for those joining throughout the year. This consists of reduced rates for people joining during the second, third and fourth quarters of the year. The price for full and basic membership for the whole year remains unchanged. More details here.
On Friday 9th August Dr Marion Dowd of Sligo I.T will be presenting a lecture entitled ‘Archaeological Excavations on Moneen Mountain, Ballyvaughan: Bronze Age and Late Medieval Life in the Burren’. The talk starts at 8 pm sharp in Logue’s Lodge, Ballyvaughan Co Clare and entrance is free. Moneen cave is a small site which was discovered in 2011 by local cavers and found to have archaeologically significant artifacts buried within including the skeleton of a child. Dr Dowd will be discussing the significance of the finds in the cave and what they mean in terms of our knowledge of life in the Burren in the Bronze Age.