SUICRO Symposium 2017 Photography Competition

The SUICRO Photo competition will be running as usual open for digital entries only. Entrants are free to enter several photographs within reason.

Awards are up for grabs under the categories ‘Irish Caving’, ‘International Caving’, ‘Comedy Shots’, ‘Best Newcomer’. Photos must be submitted by email to Richard Cole: suipublicrelations  AT gmail.com. Please let us know if you have not entered in previous years to be considered for ‘Best Newcomer’.

Entries must be in by 9pm on Saturday 28th October and the winners will be announced on the evening of Sunday 29th October.

Here are a selection of previous entrants:

 

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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

SUI EGM 2017

The SUI EGM will be taking place on 27th May to coincide with the Burren Marathon. The exact time and place will be 7pm at the Ailwee Caves Visitor Centre.

The EGM is a meeting that the SUI has each year for significant matters that require the approval of the general membership. Most importantly, this is used to review the financial accounts for the year.

It is very important that we get a high enough attendance to meet the legal requirement of an EGM, so if you are available we would really appreciate if you could come along.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Student Caving Forum 2017

The Delegates

 

Many thanks to UCD Caving and Potholing Club for organising the Irish Student Caving Forum, an annual event which this year took place over the Easter weekend this year, in the Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre, Co. Leitrim.

A great weekend was had by all – there is clearly a surge in interest in caving amongst the student community in Ireland. Clubs attending included UCDCPC (hosts), DCUCC, DITCC and QUBCC. Friday night saw everyone arriving early in futile hopes of getting an elusive bed. Saturday night there were talks including Éabha Lankford (ICRO Secretary) and Hugh Norton (Chairperson of the SUI), Liam Woods gave a talk about the Dachstein caving expedition and Sean the Miner gave an interesting and varied talk which included the launch of SUICRO 2017 – which will be held in Garrison, Co. Fermanagh. There was a raffle and a table quiz in aid of ICRO.

The SUI supports the running of the student caving forum financially by way of a grant to the organising club.

Training Calendar 2017

Here is the SUI training calendar as it stands for the rest of the year:

3rd – 5th March BCL training
25th – 26th March SRT 2
20th May BCL/CL Re-validation
10th June Resin Anchor Placement
8th-10th September BCL Assessment
TBA Surveying

For more details on dates and bookings please contact suitrainer@caving.ie

 

Irish Speleology 22 Out Now

Cover of Irish SpeleologyThe SUI is pleased to announce the imminent publication of the 22nd issue of Irish Speleology, the high quality journal of the Speleological Union of Ireland, on the 28th of October 2016   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

 

Reminder, SUI EGM this Saturday 23rd May

Just a quick reminder that the SUI EGM is being held this Saturday and all are welcome to attend. The EGM will take place at 6:30 pm sharp at the visitors centre of Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided. The agenda is as follows:

  • 2014 Financial Report
  • Election of new chairperson
  • Presentation by Brian Cotter “Review of first Irish PNG Expedition and aims of upcoming second expedition”
  • AOB

See you there!

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:

 

SCURION

ARCH Systems

Starless River

Over the Ground

Warmbac

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