Whilst we are on the subject of blogs check out Our Wee Caves: a wonderful blog describing the caving activities of a group of Lisburn based cavers led by SUI member Tim Millen. The site includes photographs and videos from sites where little such material has been recorded in the past. The blog even has a Twitter account @ourweecaves so you can keep up to date with the group’s activities!
Leitrim based caver and SUI member Robert Mulraney has started a photography blog capturing beautiful images from some of the caves of Ireland. Entitled ‘Caves of Ireland – a Photo-Journal of the Irish Underground’ there have been entries from a number of sites already including the recent discovery of the Pollfaffin entrance to Pollrunda on Largy, Co Leitrim. Robert is a member of the Breifni Caving Club and we wish him all the best as his journal of photographs enlarges. The blog is available to view here and Robert can be contacted via the site (why not offer to go caving with him and carry boxes of photographic gear – always guaranteed to please any cave photographer!)
On Saturday 19th July a significant new find was made by SUI members from a joint Shannon Caving Group – Breifni Caving Club party to the Largy region of Co Leitrim. The cavers had been participating in an Irish Cave Rescue Organisation practice in the area earlier in the day. A small crawl previously un-pushed at the bottom of Pollfaffin led to a chamber with a rift pitch entering the adjacent shaft of Pollrunda. More details can be found on the Shannon Group’s webpage here who should be contacted for up to date advice on visiting. Irish Speleology 20, the journal of the SUI, contains a guide to the caves of Largy (including Pollrunda and Pollfaffin) and can be purchased via the SUI shop.
Well done to the SUI members who successfully completed the second SUI training day on resin bolt placement recently. The training event was run at Boho, Co Fermanagh and completed by Brian McGavin, Michael Marek, Seamus Breathnach, Shane McKinley and Tony Furnell. Resin bolting training is in line with the SUI’s Bolting Policy. The SUI’s Bolting Officer can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about further training and to arrange resin bolt placement by one of the list of trained cavers
Have you checked out the SUI Library Online yet? Members can access it via the Members Only section of the website. A further 20 files have just been added; mainly SUI newsletters with plenty of interest: from the glory of the 1.5 km extension to Polnagrai in 2000 to the depravity of the first few Irish Student Caving Forums; it’s all here!
Photo by Nigel Ball
Good luck to the four SUI candidates going for Cave Instructor Certificate (CIC) training in July. CIC is the highest level of professional qualification available in Ireland and the UK qualifying the holder to instruct in all aspects of caving activity, at any level, and to all types of groups, without restriction. The SUI is providing support to the candidates and we wish them all the best in their training (and subsequent assessment!)