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.

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SUICRO T-Shirts

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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.

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SUICRO Agenda

Talks schedule

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

 

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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:

 

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SUICRO 2017

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.

For more information click here

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SUI EGM 2017

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.

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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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