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.


2nd/3rd & 1st Year Teams All-Ireland Schools Orienteering Champions 2023 with the PJC Team who placed second


Previous All-Ireland Titles (Team)
Post Junior Cert  (Senior) 2019, 20182013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997
2nd/3rd Year (Junior)  2023, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2010, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000*, 1999
1st Year (Minor)  2023, 2019, 2016, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000*, 1999, 1998


1st years competing at the All-Ireland Orienteering Championships in JFK Arboretum


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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