In 2012 two SUI members joined the international expedition to Krubera-Vorojna in Abkhazia; the deepest cave in the world. The Speleological Union of Ireland granted financial aid to the cavers via the Expedition Fund which supports SUI members going on exploratory trips in various places around the world. The full report from the Irish contingent is available to download here
The Ario Caves Project is an annual event aiming to push cave exploration in the Picos D’Europa region of northern Spain. The event is overseen by the University of Oxford Caving Club and in 2013 a number of SUI members joined the group. The Speleological Union of Ireland granted financial aid to its members who attended via the Expedition Fund which supports SUI members going on exploratory trips in various places around the world. The report is available to download here
The 2011-2012 Irish Papua New Guinea Caving Expedition was a significant event in Irish caving in that it was the first such independent expedition there originating from Ireland as opposed to the previous situation of Irish cavers joining groups travelling from other countries. Over five kilometers of cave passage was discovered and surveyed and the extensive report of the expedition is now available to view here. The Speleological Union of Ireland was the main sponsor of the expedition via the Expedition Fund which supports SUI members going on exploratory trips in various places around the world.
The SUI is pleased to announce that the its Photography Workshop which is taking place at SUICRO 2014 on Saturday 25th October at Cahir, Co Tipperary will be a bit alternative! The workshop will be open to members and non-members who have an interest in cave photography. Expensive, technical equipment will not be required but flashguns will be useful although not essential. Results will be shown at the evening SUICRO sessions. For more information or to reserve a place email firstname.lastname@example.org
The SUI is pleased to announce that it has got its hands on a few copies of the now difficult to obtain ‘Beneath Our Feet: the Caves and Limestone Scenery of the North of Ireland’ by SUI members Tim & Pam Fogg. This is a classic text giving an overview of the limestones features in Fermanagh and elsewhere in Northern Ireland and is a must for anyone interested in the caves and caving in this part of Ireland. Visit the SUI Shop here for details of how to order!
Expedition season is here! SUI members can apply for financial help if travelling on expedition and indeed SUI has assisted a number of expeditions over the last 15 years. The application form has just been updated and can be viewed here. Old expedition reports can be viewed here. Another great reason to join the SUI!
Don’t forget the SUIs resin bolt installation training workshop in Fermanagh on Saturday 12th of July! This training day is open to SUI members and costs 10 euros. The day will focus on the theory and practice of installing resin fixed anchors for caving purposes and is to form part of the SUIs resin bolting programme and run in conjunction with the SUIs Bolting Policy. Formal training opportunities for this type of bolting are few and far between so don’t miss out! To book your place email email@example.com
Ireland has a rich heritage of archaeological findings in caves and the work of SUI member Dr Marian Dowd of Sligo IT has been at the very forefront of this. Dr Dowd is the authority on cave archaeology in Ireland and she has created a Facebook page for interested individuals to subscribe to, to keep up to date with the latest developments and to find out more. To view the group and to subscribe visit https://www.facebook.com/
SUICRO 30, the SUI and ICRO’s annual symposium, is this year being held from the 24th ’til 27th October at the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. Accommodation can be booked by ringing (052) 744 1288. Programme of events will follow shortly!