ICRO Communications Course, Co. Clare

There will be a Communications Course on January 30-31st in the Burren Outdoor Education Centre in Clare. Saturday will consist of looking at the different communication systems used by ICRO, their practical applications and correct radio terminology. Sunday will involve a practical, which will most likely take place in one of the ‘problem’ caves in the area.

Please contact the ICRO Training Officer to secure a place.

Caves – The Facts and The Folklore

Fine below a Press Release for the Irish Cave Archaeology Project.

Over 700 caves are dotted across the limestone regions of Ireland and may hold archaeological secrets dating back as far as 10,000 years.  An exciting new project run by leading cave archaeologist, Dr Marion Dowd of IT Sligo, is set to explore and document the facts and folklores of Irish caves.

The ‘Irish Cave Archaeology Project’ is prompted by finds already made, including human bones ranging from small body parts to full skeletons of men, women and children; jewellery made from shell, amber and bone; the remains of sacrificed newborn calves, lambs and piglets.  Folklore traditions reveal that caves were seen as places of ghosts and ghouls, gateways to the Otherworld or a home for a supernatural woman that preyed on mortal men.  With uses varying from burial chambers to places to live, caves in Ireland have a diverse history and usage.  For a cave archaeologist, this rich heritage represents a feast of untapped artefacts waiting to be discovered.

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Rescue Practice, Co. Clare

The next ICRO major rescue practice will be on Saturday, 5th December 2009 in Co. Clare.

We meet in the ICRO Doolin Rescue Store at 9:30 a.m. All members of ICRO who hold appropriate insurance (e.g. FFS, BMC) are welcome to attend. Please bring SRT & caving gear.

This rescue will have particular focus on medical care.

Committee members & wardens: there will be an ICRO meeting after the practice. More details to follow closer to the date.

Sunday, 6th December will be a stores day.

Please let the ICRO Secreatary know your availability for the above dates.

PhD studentship: Cave Archaeology in North West England

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University (£13,290 per year plus EU tuition fees). Candidates are expected to hold a good Honours (first class or upper second class) or Masters degree in archaeology, Quaternary science or a related subject.

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Postponement of BCL Assessment – 14th November 2009

Please note that the BCL Assessment scheduled for the 14th November has been postponed to a date in the spring, (not yet fixed). If you or your colleagues are intending to apply for assessment, log books must be submitted on or before the date as laid out. This is to facilitate stage one of the the assessment process which is to evaluate the submitted logbook and to invite or decline the candidate onto the assessment.

Further information will be posted on this website.

Site Relaunch

Welcome to our new website! We’ve made a lot of changes to our style and content so be sure to have a good look around. The second phase of the new website, our members only area, is currently in development.

Wanted: Cave Rescue Photos

ICRO are looking for photos or videos of cave rescues or cave rescue practices. In particular, they’re looking for images of rigging, stretcher handling & hauling and 1st aid scenarios. If you have anything of interest, bring them along to the symposium in Ballyvaughan. Format doesn’t matter – they can be on a laptop, CD, USB or scanned from a hard copy.

BCL Assessment Weekend

There will be a BCL Assessment Weekend held in Co Clare from 13th November to 15th November 2009.

If you feel that you are ready for assessment please submit your log book to arrive no later than 23rd October or present them at the Symposium in Ballyvaughan on the weekend of the 24th October,.

The assessment co-ordinator and chief assessor is John Sweeney. Log books should be sent to him.

Rescue Practice

The next ICRO major rescue practice will take place on Saturday, 26th September 2009 in Co. Fermanagh, meeting in the ICRO Cladagh Glen Rescue Store at 9:30 a.m.

All members of ICRO who hold appropriate insurance (e.g. FFS, BMC) are welcome to attend. Please bring SRT and caving gear. Please note, RTE are expected to attend this rescue practice to take footage for a documentary, so a good turnout in well-maintained gear would be appreciated.

Committee members & wardens: there will be an ICRO meeting after the practice. More details to follow closer to the date. Sunday, 27th September will be a stores day.

ICRO members – please inform the ICRO Secretary of your availability for the above dates.

SUICRO 2009

The 25th Speleological Union of Ireland / Irish Cave Rescue Organisation Symposium will be held on October 24th and 25th 2009. Location is Hylands Burren Hotel, Ballyvaughan. For room bookings, please contact Jo or Niall in Hylands (Tel. +353 (0) 65 707 7037 or email info [at] hylandsburren.com. To get the symposium rate of €120 per person for three nights B&B, quote SUI. More details to follow closer to the date.

Contact John Sweeney (john [at] claresportspartnership.ie) for Symposium information.