Discover a Hidden Earth

What is Caving?

Caving is the exploration of natural underground spaces. It is an adventure sport with inherent risks; many caves are cold or wet or muddy, or all three.

If you don't mind all that it is also a chance to explore a unique world very different from the surface. Even in Ireland it is possible to go where few or even no people have been before. Technically potholes are caves that include vertical drops and therefore require the use of ropes and or ladders but most people use either word for the same activity.

What does SUI do?

The Speleological Union of Ireland is the national organizing body for caving throughout Ireland. Membership is open to anyone interested in caving, for a small fee.

The Speleological Union of Ireland receive a grant from the Irish Sports Council which is used to provide a number of services for cavers such as training, newsletters and magazines, an annual symposium, insurance, expedition grants, library and cave access agreements.

What is Speleology?

Speleology is the scientific study of caves, trying to understand why they have different shapes, why caves are found in some places but not in others.

Some caves are high and narrow, some are round in shape while others are square. Speleology studies the formation of caves and involves studying the minerals and life forms found in caves. It includes aspects of geology, geography, chemistry and biology.

What is ICRO?

ICRO stands for the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation. It is made up entirely of volunteers who may be called upon by the police services throughout Ireland to assist in cave rescue.

Any caver with a reasonable amount of experience would be expected to join the general call out list once they have comprehensive insurance. ICRO also has a Core Team made up of cavers who have trained in special rescue techniques and who regularly update their skills.

Photo of caver standing over a rift

Rockfall in Doolin River Cave

Please note there has been a rockfall in Doolin River Cave. It is in the low wet crawl between the Doolin road sink and the Smithy Grotto. Four rocks have dropped down and there is a lot of loose material above them. A route has now been cleared under the fallen material but this will only be usable in low water conditions. Another route has been made by the Clare Caving Club beside and over the fallen rocks which should be usable in any weather conditions. However one of the large rocks has a crack through it and will probably move again soon. CAUTION IS ADVISED.

Posted on in News | Leave a comment

Cave Rescue in Tham Luang Nang Non

The SUI would like to express our relief at news that the Wild Boar Soccer Team and their Coach have been successfully rescued in Thailand,
We would like to recognise the efforts made by the Thai authorities and the International team of experts that ensured that the rescue operation was successful.
We also wish to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Saman Kunan who tragically lost his life during the operation.

Cave rescue is always a very challenging operation in a unique environment and the majority of rescue teams are entirely voluntary organisations.

The SUI is working with ICRO to ensure that Irish media will have a chance to speak with the Irish cave diver involved in the rescue.
Please keep an eye on the ICRO Facebook page for further updates.
The ICRO Public Relations Officer can be contacted via ICROchair@gmail.com
The Irish cave diver is safe and well and the SUI and ICRO are very proud of his involvement in the rescue.

If you wish to contribute to the operation of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation you can do so here.

The latest information regarding the rescue in Thailand can be accessed via the BCRC Facebook page.

Posted on in News | Leave a comment

SRT 1 Training Course

SRT 1 Training course will take place 19th and 20th of May in Clare.
The cost of course is 130 euros including accomodation.
Candidates are required to have a full membership SUI.
Please send requests to SUI Training Officer suitrainingofficer@gmail.com

Posted on in News | Leave a comment

Cave Leader 1 Course – 20-22nd of April

The SUI will run a Cave Leader 1 (formerly BCL) for the weekend of 20-22nd April at Petersburg OEC in Clonbur (North West Galway).

Cost to be €130 which includes all tuition and food and accommodation.

You will need to be a member of SUI and have your own caving gear.
Please pay SUI online (or get someone to do it for you) via speleological.treasurer@gmail.com
If there are too many people you might not get on the course but we will do our best to accommodate everyone,

To book your place please contact : Una at wildchildjim@hotmail.com

Thanks
SUI Training Team

Posted on in News | Leave a comment

Expedition Reports Published

It is with great pleasure that the SUI announces the publication of several new (and not so new!) Expedition Reports.

Reports have been released for the following expeditions:

  • Berger 1975
  • Ario 2014
  • Panama 2015
  • Berger 2017
  • Panama 2017
  • Papua new Guinea 2016/17

Of particular note is the publication of the 1975 Berger Expedition

This expedition was a joint venture between cavers from Ireland, South Wales and Mendip and one of the first to use SRT within the system.

We would like to thank Gareth Li Jones and all contributors for producing this report which can be read here

All expedition reports can be read on the SUI expeditions page.

Posted on in News | Leave a comment

SUICRO 2018 Announced

The 34th annual SUICRO Symposium will be held on the weekend of 27-30th October, in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.

This year’s SUICRO main venue will be The Burren Storehouse.
The place offers great food a large room with a stage and great beer.
Its located in the heart of Lisdoonvarna and has plenty of accommodation options only a stone’s throw away.

Preparations are afoot for a weekend you won’t forget. The SUICRO 2018 symposium will take place over the October Bank Holiday weekend in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, with the best caving Ireland has to offer right on our doorstep. There will be pizza, beer, prizes, talks, important meetings, beer, a quiz, workshops, beer, and maybe even some caving. Keep an eye on this page for all the breaking news as we get it.

Thanks to this years organisers Gaelan Elliffe, Rebecca Kelly, Rowena Sheen and Jim Warny

Posted on in News | Leave a comment

Caving Fundamentals Course

Caving Fundamentals Course
 
A great introduction to the basics of caving, speleology and more.
This course is also needed before progressing to Basic Cave Leader (BCL).
 
Date: 26th January
Location: Co. Clare
Host: Tim O’Connell
 
Please contact info@caving.ie for more information.

 

The entire 2018 SUI training calendar can be found here:
http://www.caving.ie/training/sui-training-calendar/

Posted on in News | Leave a comment

SUICRO T-Shirts

SUICRO T-shirt logo SUICRO T-shirt

SUICRO T-shirts are now available. Apologies for them being late – a great Christmas gift opportunity?

Available for £10 or €12 to pick up from various members of the caving community. Please email suipublicrelations AT gmail.com if interested in buying one.

Posted on in News | Leave a comment

SUICRO Agenda

Talks schedule

Here is the schedule for the weekend. Talks starting tonight in the Lough Melvin Holiday Centre at 7:30pm. 

 

Posted on in News | Leave a comment

SUICRO Symposium 2017 Photography Competition

The SUICRO Photo competition will be running as usual open for digital entries only. Entrants are free to enter several photographs within reason.

Awards are up for grabs under the categories ‘Irish Caving’, ‘International Caving’, ‘Comedy Shots’, ‘Best Newcomer’. Photos must be submitted by email to Richard Cole: suipublicrelations  AT gmail.com. Please let us know if you have not entered in previous years to be considered for ‘Best Newcomer’.

Entries must be in by 9pm on Saturday 28th October and the winners will be announced on the evening of Sunday 29th October.

Here are a selection of previous entrants:

 

doolin-colin-bunce

Picture 1 of 51

Posted on in News | Leave a comment