SUI Annual General Meeting – Agenda

SUI AGM Agenda

  • Apologies
  • Approval of EGM minutes
  • Chairperson‘s report
  • Honorary Secretary‘s report
  • Treasurer‘s report
  • Expedition Committee’s Report
  • Membership Secretary‘s report
  • Training officers‘ report
  • Conservation and access officers‘ reports
  • Development officers‘ report
  • Student liaison officers‘ report
  • Public relations officers‘ report
  • Librarians Report
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding Officers‘ Report
  • Elections
  • Expedition Grants – Securing Future Funding
  • Board of Directors – Current Directors looking to step aside.
  • Any other business

Please note that after the AGM there will be a brief meeting of the incoming 2019 committee.

SUICRO Agenda 2018 Announced

The SUICRO 2018 Agenda has been announced.
The SUI AGM will be held at 9.30 am on the 27th of October
The ICRO AGM will be held at 9.30 am on the 28th of October

The rules and details for the SUICRO 2018 Photography competition are here
Further Details below!

SUICRO-2018-Agenda

SUICRO 2018 – Saturday Oct 27 – an overview

SUI AGM 09:30 followed by the Open Forum.

Presentations 19:00 (evening):

BU56 – The View from the Edge, Tony Seddon.

Pegasus Club Projects and Panama 2018 , Pat Cronin.

Cave Diving, Jim Warny.

Cave diving in Sistema Huautla, Chris Jewell.

Workshops time & venues TBC (afternoon):

SRT Self-Rescue

Cave Survival

Photography Underground session

Other events:

ICRO Monster Raffle

Panoramic audio-visual splendour

 

SUICRO 2018 – Sunday Oct 28 – an overview

ICRO AGM 09:30

Presentations 19:00 (evening):

Ario Dream – The quest for Europe’s Deepest Cave.

A film by Paul Diffley Introduced by Steph Dwyer

Caves, camera, action: Random tales of filming underground

around the world, Tim Fogg.

Dachstein 2018, Joel Corrigan.

Workshops time TBC (afternoon):

Photography post-production workshop

Other events:

Cave Photography Competition

Table Quiz

More to follow…

Workshops:

SRT Self-Rescue

Cave Survival

Photography Underground Session

Photography Post-production

 

Saturday Oct 27 @ 12:30:
Photography workshop with Robert Mulraney

Cave self rescue SRT and survival skills. Given by various instructors (Full SRT kit and insurance required)

Sunday Oct 28 @ 12:30:
Post production workshop with Axel Hack 

The photography competition is open for entries now.

Closing date for entries is Tuesday Oct 23 @ midnight.
Categories : International. Irish. Newcomer.
Winners will be announced on Saturday night.

Please submit your names for the workshop and competition entries to Jimwarny@yahoo.com please see attached information for the photo competition.

Rockfall in Doolin River Cave

Please note there has been a rockfall in Doolin River Cave. It is in the low wet crawl between the Doolin road sink and the Smithy Grotto. Four rocks have dropped down and there is a lot of loose material above them. A route has now been cleared under the fallen material but this will only be usable in low water conditions. Another route has been made by the Clare Caving Club beside and over the fallen rocks which should be usable in any weather conditions. However one of the large rocks has a crack through it and will probably move again soon. CAUTION IS ADVISED.

Cave Rescue in Tham Luang Nang Non

The SUI would like to express our relief at news that the Wild Boar Soccer Team and their Coach have been successfully rescued in Thailand,
We would like to recognise the efforts made by the Thai authorities and the International team of experts that ensured that the rescue operation was successful.
We also wish to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Saman Kunan who tragically lost his life during the operation.

Cave rescue is always a very challenging operation in a unique environment and the majority of rescue teams are entirely voluntary organisations.

The SUI is working with ICRO to ensure that Irish media will have a chance to speak with the Irish cave diver involved in the rescue.
Please keep an eye on the ICRO Facebook page for further updates.
The ICRO Public Relations Officer can be contacted via ICROchair@gmail.com
The Irish cave diver is safe and well and the SUI and ICRO are very proud of his involvement in the rescue.

If you wish to contribute to the operation of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation you can do so here.

The latest information regarding the rescue in Thailand can be accessed via the BCRC Facebook page.

Cave Leader 1 Course – 20-22nd of April

The SUI will run a Cave Leader 1 (formerly BCL) for the weekend of 20-22nd April at Petersburg OEC in Clonbur (North West Galway).

Cost to be €130 which includes all tuition and food and accommodation.

You will need to be a member of SUI and have your own caving gear.
Please pay SUI online (or get someone to do it for you) via speleological.treasurer@gmail.com
If there are too many people you might not get on the course but we will do our best to accommodate everyone,

To book your place please contact : Una at wildchildjim@hotmail.com

Thanks
SUI Training Team

Expedition Reports Published

It is with great pleasure that the SUI announces the publication of several new (and not so new!) Expedition Reports.

Reports have been released for the following expeditions:

  • Berger 1975
  • Ario 2014
  • Panama 2015
  • Berger 2017
  • Panama 2017
  • Papua new Guinea 2016/17

Of particular note is the publication of the 1975 Berger Expedition

This expedition was a joint venture between cavers from Ireland, South Wales and Mendip and one of the first to use SRT within the system.

We would like to thank Gareth Li Jones and all contributors for producing this report which can be read here

All expedition reports can be read on the SUI expeditions page.

SUICRO 2018 Announced

The 34th annual SUICRO Symposium will be held on the weekend of 27-30th October, in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.

This year’s SUICRO main venue will be The Burren Storehouse.
The place offers great food a large room with a stage and great beer.
Its located in the heart of Lisdoonvarna and has plenty of accommodation options only a stone’s throw away.

Preparations are afoot for a weekend you won’t forget. The SUICRO 2018 symposium will take place over the October Bank Holiday weekend in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, with the best caving Ireland has to offer right on our doorstep. There will be pizza, beer, prizes, talks, important meetings, beer, a quiz, workshops, beer, and maybe even some caving. Keep an eye on this page for all the breaking news as we get it.

Thanks to this years organisers Gaelan Elliffe, Rebecca Kelly, Rowena Sheen and Jim Warny

SUICRO 2017

The 33rd annual SUICRO Symposium will be held on the weekend of 27-30th October, at the Lough Melvin Holiday Centre in Garrison, Co. Fermanagh.

This year will be kicked off on Friday the 27th with a music session in Melvin Bar. Day activities on Saturday and Sunday will include pre-rigged caves, possible canoe river descents, gin tasting, stair way to heaven climbing, if you’re really keen Bundorans surf beaches are not too far away, there will be a weekend long photo/drive treasure hunt, that should incorporate local caving haunts and the stunning landscape around Lough Melvin. Also there shall be a bus based tour of some old mine workings conducted under the safe escort of a mining engineer.

Saturday will see us in one of the pubs with our own DJ. Evening talks are scheduled after dinner and shall include a wide range of topics about caving and rescuing. So far we have a prolific kayaker doing a piece about canoeing under and through islands, Cumbria Mines Rescue are over to talk about abandoned mines, talks about Irish cave exploration and overseas expeditions, and cave diving. We’re hoping to nab a professor who promised a talk entitled “Karst limestone of Father Ted country”.

Sunday is the night of the big raffle, in aid of Irish Cave Rescue. Usually a sellout event this year we hope to have loads tickets. Some really neat kit is donated to this event, that is applicable to anyone interested in outdoors’y activities. If you’re generous enough buying tickets you’re almost guaranteed a prize more than or worthy to your ticket cost.

Also there’s the commemorative SUICRO t-shirt to procure. The sales of the t-shirt’s help offset event costs.

For more information click here

Use of White Fathers cave

A report is currently being compiled for Cavan County Council as part on the Geopark programme for the conservation of White Fathers cave at Loughan House near Blacklion. The conservation plan is directed to establishing baseline conservation parameters, current levels of usage of the caves and establishing research areas to ensure that the environmental interest in the caves is maintained and protected. Areas to be addressed will include the integrity of the site, potentially impacting surface activities, Daubentons’ and other bat populations, water quality etc. The authors of the reports wish to stress that access to the cave for cavers will not be restricted but wanted to get an idea of usage.

To that end, if cavers could please reply to info@caving.ie and let me know the frequency of trips and caver numbers as soon as possible as the reporting date is quite soon.