The Speleological Union of Ireland and Irish Cave Rescue Organisation are holding the 27th annual SUICRO Symposium in Doolin, County Clare. The event is being held at Hotel Doolin over the Irish bank holiday weekend of the 28rd -31th October 2011.

Doolin is well known to cavers and needs no introduction- caves aplenty, choice of accommodation, super speakers, raffle, quiz, photo competition, etc, guaranteed craic

To make a booking please contact the hotel ( )

More info on accommodation can be found on this link


  • Music provided by hotel, bring your own dancing!
  • Fancy dress optional


  • 10:30 SUI AGM
  • 12:30 Tea and coffee
  • Afternoon (Time to be confirmed): Photography workshop in back of Aillwee cave with Robbie Shone
  • 19:00 Derry O’Sullivan – Reunion Canyoning Trip
  • 19:45 Chris Jewell – Culiembro 2010
  • 20:30 Steph Dwyer – Pozu del Xitu – the 30 year Itch Part1
  • 21:00 Tony Seddon – Pozu del Xitu – the 30 year Itch Part2
  • 21:30 Paul Mackrill – Pozu del Xitu – the 30 year Itch Part3
  • 22:00 Monster Raffle


  • 10:30 ICRO AGM
  • 12:30 Tea and coffee
  • 12:45 Open Forum
  • Canyoning
  • Bolting
  • Stop using through bolts as anchors on progression routes
  • Existing routes into caves should be updated with more robust anchors
  • Fracking
  • Aghnahoo
  • 14:00 SRT Race and Field Trip by Colin Bunce
  • 19:00 Les Brown – Doolin River Cave: Flooding Frequency and Flood Risk
  • 19:30 Marion Dowd – ‘Is it a drainage pipe or prehistoric pottery?’: procedure for dealing with archaeological discoveries in caves
  • 20:00 Robbie Shone – Photography Slideshow
  • 21:00 Photo Competition – (Please email entries to or give them to Joanne Finnegan at Symposium) Categories to include:
  • Funny
  • Home
  • Away
  • 22:00 Quiz

Trade stand from Starless River

All events subject to severe change!

DVD’s from the SUI library and some other caving films will be on show throughout the weekend

Sponsors for the weekend included:

• Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan
• Access Rescue Consulting at Height (ARCH), Eoghan Lynch
• Backwest Adventures, Bell Harbour
• Boat Shed Brewery, Ballyvaughan
• Bisun lights, UK
• DIY Pursuits, Kinvara
• Great Outdoors, Dublin
• Handknittedpottery, UK
• Hotel Doolin, Doolin
• Inglesport, Ingleton
• McDermots, Doolin
• McGanns, Doolin
• O’Connors, Doolin
• Robbie Shone Photography
• Rope Access Specialists, Tim and Pam Fogg
• The Rock Shop, Liscannor
• Starless River
• University of Bristol Spelaeological Society (UBSS), UK
• Venture Out, Ennis


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