SUICRO Raffle Sponsors

We would like to thank and acknowledge the following companies for their continued generous support of Irish Cave Rescue via the SUICRO Raffle:



ARCH Systems

Starless River

Over the Ground


Peli Ireland

Wild Places Photography

Lyon Work and Rescue

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

Aillwee Cave

The Rock Shop

Doolin Cave

DIY Pursuits

The Bódhran pub

The Burren Perfumery

Barrys Tea

Rope Access Specialists


The Raffle will take place on Saturday evening after the talks

Caves and the Irish Revolution – an appeal for information

Moneen CaveDr Marion Dowd (pictured) of the Sligo Institute of Technology is the foremost expert on the archaeology of Irish caves and has been asked to contribute to a project collecting information on caves that were associated with the Irish Civil War and /or Irish War of Independence. Dr Dowd states that at present there are about 20 known instances of caves where arms were stashed, that were used as bases for intelligence operations, or that served as hideouts. There must be many more caves that were used for similar purposes. If you know of any, do please let Dr Dowd know either through I Want To Try Caving (Ireland) Facebook page or via email:

Irish Speleology 21 Publication

Irish Speleology 21
Irish Speleology 21

The SUI is pleased to announce the imminent publication of the 21st issue of Irish Speleology, the high quality journal of the Speleological Union of Ireland, on the 25th of October 2014.  Issue number 20 was singled out for special commendation at the 2013 Tratman Awards for caving related publication and the upcoming issue has plenty to interest all cavers.  Articles include an update on the Teampall Shetric explorations in County Leitrim, Blarney Castle Caves, County Cork and a full report on the findings of the highly successful recent Irish Papua New Guinea Expedition.  Editors Petie Barry and Alastair Kennedy, as well as all the contributors, have put in a lot of hard work preparing this high quality publication so please show your support for them, the SUI and Irish Caving by purchasing your copy at the upcoming SUICRO symposium or afterwards via the SUI Shop

Attention all cavers! The biggest and best SUICRO yet is coming!

Baker's Rift 021SUICRO – the annual symposium of the Speleological Union of Ireland and the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation – has entered its thirtieth year and this one is going to be the biggest yet: from trade stands, equipment demonstrations, competitions, international speakers, meetings and fringe events. SUICRO has it all! This year’s event is being held in the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co Tipperary and is being run by some of the members of the Clare Caving Club and all cavers (and others!) are welcome.  A detailed description of this upcoming caving mayhem including venue and accommodation details is here.  The event is free to attend and the line up is formidable so why not come along?

Try Caving with the Dublin Caving Group a success!

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Saturday the 13th of September saw a further successful Try Caving event taking place in the Burren, CO Clare, this time hosted by the members of the newly formed Dublin Caving Group and supported by members of the training team of the SUI.  The aim of these events is to introduce novices to the sport and boost club members.  A number of trips took place into a few of the more well known systems in north Clare and all in all more than 20 people attended!  Well done to the Dublin Caving Group: a flying start for this admirable new club


SUICRO 30: coming up fast!

FrontDon’t forget SUICRO 30: the annual symposium of the Speleological Union of Ireland is fast approaching. This year’s venue is the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel in sunny Cahir, Co Tipperary. The 3 day event runs from Friday night 24th October til the early hours of Monday 27th October.  This year’s talks line up has a distinctly international flavour and the usual selection of trade stands, equipment demonstrations, AGMs will be going on as usual.  Additionally there are a few extra special events occurring this year not least of which is the ‘alternative’ photography workshop.  All are welcome and admission to all talks and meetings etc is free to members and non-members alike.  For more information go here or email