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.
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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.
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.
Tune in to Winning Streak on RTE1 tomorrow (Saturday 4th March) at 8:10pm to see a segment about the SUI, filmed in Fermanagh, and starring SUI Chairperson Hugh Norton and SUI member Angela Prior.
Or if you miss it, catch up on RTE Player at http://www.rte.ie/player/show/10692301/
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
For more details on dates and bookings please contact email@example.com
The 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
Bréifne Caving Club will be running a free Try Caving event on the 22nd of November. Meet at 11AM in Blacklion (Co. Cavan). Helmets and lights will be provided, over 18s only. To book, email breifnecaving at yahoo dot com.
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”
See you there!
We would like to thank and acknowledge the following companies for their continued generous support of Irish Cave Rescue via the SUICRO Raffle:
Over the Ground
Wild Places Photography
Lyon Work and Rescue
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
The Rock Shop
The Bódhran pub
The Burren Perfumery
Rope Access Specialists
The Raffle will take place on Saturday evening after the talks