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

SUI EGM 2017

Te 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.

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Student Caving Forum 2017

The Delegates

 

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.

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Caving segment on Winning Streak

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/

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Training Calendar 2017

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
TBA Surveying

For more details on dates and bookings please contact suitrainer@caving.ie

 

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Irish Speleology 22 Out Now

Cover of Irish SpeleologyThe 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

 

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Bréifne Caving Club Try Caving 22nd November

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.

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Reminder, SUI EGM this Saturday 23rd May

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”
  • AOB

See you there!

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SUICRO Raffle Sponsors

We would like to thank and acknowledge the following companies for their continued generous support of Irish Cave Rescue via the SUICRO Raffle:

 

SCURION

ARCH Systems

Starless River

Over the Ground

Warmbac

Peli Ireland

Wild Places Photography

Lyon Work and Rescue

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

Aillwee Cave

The Rock Shop

Doolin Cave

DIY Pursuits

The Bódhran pub

The Burren Perfumery

Barrys Tea

Rope Access Specialists

 

The Raffle will take place on Saturday evening after the talks

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SUICRO Photography Competition

SUI Photography Competition at SUICRO:

Please email photos for the competition to: tim.k.oconnell@gmail.com

 

Pulthyclogher, Co Leitrim

Noting the categories (Caves in Ireland, Caving Abroad)

 

Winners will be announced on Sunday night at SUICRO

 

Photos can be digitally uploaded at the SUICRO Facebook page too!

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Caves and the Irish Revolution – an appeal for information

Moneen CaveDr Marion Dowd (pictured) of the Sligo Institute of Technology is the foremost expert on the archaeology of Irish caves and has been asked to contribute to a project collecting information on caves that were associated with the Irish Civil War and /or Irish War of Independence. Dr Dowd states that at present there are about 20 known instances of caves where arms were stashed, that were used as bases for intelligence operations, or that served as hideouts. There must be many more caves that were used for similar purposes. If you know of any, do please let Dr Dowd know either through I Want To Try Caving (Ireland) Facebook page or via email: dowd.marion@itsligo.ie

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