Pollskeheenarinky: Access Update

Pyramid Chamber, Pollskeheenarinky
Pyramid Chamber, Pollskeheenarinky

Pollskeheenarinky lies near the village of Burncourt, Co Tipperary and at just under 2 km of cave passage and some of the largest underground chambers in Munster it is a spectacular place.  At present there is strictly NO ACCESS to general and uninsured visitors, however the SUI has been active on behalf of its members to secure conditional access for them.  For full details see the Members Area of the website or email info@caving.ie Full descriptions and surveys of Pollskeheenarinky are available for members to view in the SUI Library in the Members Area of the website.

SUI Library Online: have you looked yet?

Irish Sump IndexAttention cavers! In case you didn’t know, the SUI’s library (the largest collection of Irish caving material) is going online this year.  The process has already started with more issues of Irish Speleology having gone up in the last week as well as many of the journals from Irish caving clubs of the past and now the creation of a search facility by keyword. Access to the library is for SUI members and can be viewed via the members section of the website.  Look out for more issues of Irish Speleology and SUI newsletters in the coming weeks.  Enjoy!

2014 List of Recognised BCL/CL Awards Holders Online

PolskeheenarinkyThe SUI currently offers two leadership qualifications in caving: Basic Cave Leader (BCL) and Cave Leader (BCL).  For the awards to remain recognised holders must be SUI members, hold a valid first aid certificate and have attended a revalidation event.

The list of cavers holding a recognised BCL or CL award for 2014 can be viewed here.

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has published guidelines on leadership in outdoor pursuits centres and adventure sports companies which includes a recommendation that only those with valid qualifications should lead groups on adventure sports activities.

Breifne Caving Club: new website


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Ireland’s newest caving club: the Breifne Caving Club, based in the Fermanagh/Cavan region have just generated a new website.  Go and have a look!  Living in the north west and want to try caving?  Give them a shout to join in! Email breifnecaving@yahoo.com










Cave Surveying Workshop: last few places


Want to develop your caving skills beyond the basics? Interested in surveying all that newly discovered passage?  Want to be expedition material? The SUI’s surveying workshop will be taking place on the weekend of 8th – 9th February in Co. Fermanagh.  The aim of the workshop is to provide a solid introduction to the noble art of cave surveying through a combination of classroom teaching and underground practice sessions. The workshop is subsidised by the SUI, is open to SUI members and costs only 30 euro.  No prior experience is necessary but only a few places are left so hurry to get your spot!  To find out more and book your place go here

SUI Library Online: It Begins!


SUI membership grants access to the SUI’s extensive library of Irish caving material. Currently this is housed in the Geological Survey of Ireland in Dublin.  In order to make the material more generally accessible to the membership the material is being scanned to pdf format and is being put up on the Members Only section of the website.  As you can imagine this is a rather large task and so it cannot happen all at once!  To get the ball rolling the first 7 issues of Irish Speleology are now up on the library section. Look out for further issues as well as the back issues of SUI newsletters and journals of Irish caving clubs over the next few weeks.