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SUICRO is the annual caving symposium of the Speleological Union of Ireland (SUI) and the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO).

SUICRO 2019 is being held on Friday 25th to Monday 28th October at the Leitrim Marina Hotel in Leitrim Village (Eircode & map: N41 AE86).

It will be a fun weekend as Stephen McNamara, Claire Dunphy and others have put together a great programme, including the traditional raffle, pub quiz and photo competition.

The full details are below.


Friday 25 October

18:00 :: Opening of SUICRO 2019

Saturday 26 October

09:30 :: ICRO AGM
10:30 :: Tea/Coffee
11:00 :: Paperless Cave Survey Workshop with Axel Hack (details below)

12:00 :: Visit local caves / Touristing

19:00 :: Evening talks, including:
– Launch of the New Clare Cave Book – Linda Wilson/Graham Mullan
– Cave Spiders in Ireland – Myles Nolan
– More than Just Boulders: 25 Years of Ogof Draenen – Fleur Loveridge
– Shannon Cave: High Level Explorations 2017-2019 – Petie Barry
– Northern Caving Update 2018/2019 – Shannon Group / Breifne
– Underground (mis)Adventures in Belize – Ally Coyle
23:00 :: Annual ICRO raffle

Sunday 27 October

09:30 :: SUI AGM
10:30 :: Tea/Coffee
11:00 :: Open Forum

12:00 :: Visit local caves / Touristing

19:00 :: Evening talks, including:
– Bats and Caves – Jess Eades
– Meghalaya, Caving in the Abode of the Clouds; Expedition 2019 – Robert Mulraney
– The Writing on the Wall: Historic Graffiti in Caves and Mines – Linda Wilson
– Fires and Cave Ecosystems in Brazil – Camilla Eboli Casella
– Land Down Under: Irish Caving Expedition to Tasmania 2018-2019 – Petie Barry
22:30 :: Prizes and Awards (see below)
23:00 :: Annual Table Quiz!

Monday 28 October

Parting is sweet sorrow 🙁

Other events

SUICRO Photo Competition

Please email photos to Claire Dunphy at or bring them along at the weekend. This year’s categories are:
– Caving in Ireland
– International Caving
– The Joy of Caving as a general category
The deadline is Saturday 26th October.

SUICRO Workshop

Paperless Cave Surveying

Paperless surveying is becoming more and more widely used for cave surveying. Smartphone/PDA and stylus takes the place of paper and pencil. A real-time, scaled centreline pops up automatically on your screen, around which you draw your walls and passage. Used properly, it can save time and can allow blunders to be identified and fixed immediately before leaving the cave.

This workshop will focus on hardware (DistoX vs Suunto/Tape) and a number of freely available cave survey apps (TopoDroid, PocketTopo, SexyTopo, Qave). Ideally, we will have a few groups so that we can compare each during an underground session. Following the underground session, we will look at data handling and processing software options.

Note this isn’t a workshop on how to draw a survey. Some experience of paperless surveying is desirable – but if spaces are available then you won’t be turned away!

To sign up please email Axel Hack at or Stephen McNamara by SUNDAY 20th OCTOBER so we can arrange what equipment or software is being brought.

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