Orienteering has been an integral part of Midleton CBS since 1982 when Liam O’Brien, former Olympian and retired teacher first introduced it to the school. Since then our students have achieved great success individually and as a team, with many students representing school, club and country at international events.
Orienteering is a competitive sport combining running with navigation. It is a timed race in which the individual participants use a specially created, highly detailed map to select routes and navigate through diverse terrain and visit control points in sequence.

Every year first year students participate in an introductory event in Ballyannon or Curragh woods with students further developing their skills during PE classes. Students are encouraged to attend local events at weekends and midweek during the summer. Our three school teams compete in the Cork League, Cork Championships, Munster Championships and All-Ireland Championships.

We often take the school mini-bus to the weekend/midweek events as well as the provisional and Irish Championships. Occasionally we organise orienteering school tours to large international events including the JK International Festival of Orienteering, Scottish 6 Day and Lakes 5 Day in the UK.

Fixtures 2017/2018

Cork Chamionships 27th February Tramore Valley Park

Munster Championships 15th March Melleray, Co. Waterford

All-Ireland Championships 25th April Emo Court, Co. Laois. (Results available here)


Results from the 2017 Sports Day Orienteering event can be found here.

In 2017 the 2nd/3rd year team won the All-Ireland title with Darragh Hoare taking second place in the individual race. The PJC team were runners-up in the All-Ireland Schools Championships. Other wins during the year included Munster Championship titles for all three of our teams.

PJC & 2nd/3rd Year Teams All-Ireland Schools Orienteering Champions 2018
with 1st year team who finished second.

Previous All-Ireland Titles (Team)
Post Junior Cert  (Senior) 20182013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997
2nd/3rd Year (Junior)  2018, 2017, 2010, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000*, 1999
1st Year (Minor)  2016, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000*, 1999, 1998

In 2016 we had great success with our first-year team winning the All-Ireland First Year boys competition in Fota and Dan McDonnell retaining his 2nd/3rd year boys All-Ireland title.

1st year All-Ireland Schools Orienteering Team Champions 2016 
Darragh Hoare, Alex Kidney, Aaron Coughlan & Conor Hayes 

For more information on Orienteering visit: www.orienteering.ie and www.corkschoolsorienteering.ie

If you need any more reasons to try Orienteering while here at CBS check out "10 reasons orienteering is the best sport ever".

Dan McDonnell representing Ireland at the Junior Home International event in Northumberland, UK.


Students at the Lakes 5 Day in the Lake District, England. July-August 2018 


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