Events

The Club organises both outdoor and indoor events throughout the year. Outdoor events–known as “meets”–tend to be:

Indoor events typically include:

Events are for members only, unless otherwise stated; access to these member-only events is one of the benefits of membership.

You can find out the exact details of an event–such as date, time, location and organiser–by checking the Calendar; bear in mind that many events are organised only a week, a few weeks or a few months in advance, so don’t be disheartened if the Calendar looks a bit empty more than six months into the future.

For information about events in general, or to propose an event, please contact our Meets Co-ordinators, Cathy and Cillian (meets@irishmountaineeringclub.org).

Meets and Events

The Club holds a large number of events, both in Ireland and further afield. See Table below for indicative schedule of activity for 2023.

You can find out the exact dates when these events occur by checking the Calendar; dates are also usually announced on both public social media and member-only communications channels.

Date Meet Place Type Stay Skill Level* Who
 

Recurring 
       

Off Season
Club Nights

Tuesdays
5.30 til close

DCC Tallaght Indoor Eve. Beginner
Friendly
Committee
Off Season
Club Nights

Thursdays
5.30 til close

AW Finglas Indoor Eve. Beginner
Friendly
Committee
In Season
Club Nights

Thursdays
5.30 til late

Dalkey Dalkey
Quarry
Trad Eve. Beginner
Friendly
Committee
New Members
Intro to Trad. Thurs Eve’s April. 4th May Optional
W/E 6/7 May
Dalkey
April &
Wicklow
Dalkey
Quarry &
Glendalough
W/E 6/7 May
Trad Eve. Beginners Dermot Shiels,
Beginners
& Mentors
 

January

15th Jan, Sun Wicklow TBA Hike Day Beginner
Friendly
Jill
French
22nd Jan, Sun Wicklow Lough Mountain,
Corriganarrig
Hike Day Beginner
Friendly
Alan
Brooks
 

February

5th Feb, Sun

12 – 26 Feb

Wicklow

Morocco

Bray

Tafraout

Hike

Trad

Day

Week

Beginner

Competent
Lead to VS

TBA

Sile, Dave

18th Feb Sat Down Mournes
TBA
Hike Day Beginner
Friendly
Ger
O’Sullivan
March
12th, March Sun Down Mournes Scramble Day Beginner
Friendly
Robert
Egan
17-19th March, Sat TBA St Patricks
Day Meet
Trad W/E TBA TBA
25th March, Sat

April

Kilkenny Ballykeefe Sports/Trad Day Competent
Lead at S Level
Aine O’
Reilly
1st, 2nd  April,
Sat, Sun
Wicklow Glendalough Trad W/E Mentors
Meet
Dermot
Shiels
6th – 27th April
Thurs Eve’s
Dalkey Dalkey
Quarry
Intro to Trad
For New
Members
Eve Beginners Dermot
Shiels
23rd, April Sun Wicklow Glendalough St Kevin’s Bed
Traverse
Day Beginner
Friendly
Jill French
29,30th April
W/E
Cork Black Ball Head Trad W/E Competent
Lead at S level
Barry Watts
May
4th May Thurs Dalkey Dalkey Quarry Intro to
Trad Optional Eve
Eve Beginners Dermot Shiels
6/7th May
W/E
Wicklow Glendalough Intro to
Trad
Multi-Pitch
W/E Beginners &
Mentors
Dermot Shiels
13/14th May W/E Clare Burren Trad W/E Competent
Lead to VS
Sile &
Dave
18 – 22 May W/E Wicklow Glendalough Trad Joint
Meet with Pinnacle
Club UK
W/E Beginner
Friendly
Petrina Concannon
28th May, Sun Down Mournes
Lwr. Cove
Trad W/E Competent
Lead to S level
Keith
Johns
 

June

1-5th June Donegal Cruit Island Trad W/E Beginner
Friendly
Dave Walsh
10,11 June W/E Donegal Lough
Belshade
Trad W/E Competent
Lead
Dermot
Shiels
17th June, Sat Wicklow Carrick Trad Day Beginner
Friendly
Gerry Moss
24th June, Sat Down Castlewellan Trad Day Beginner
Friendly
Gerard O’Sullivan
28th June Wed TBA TBA Talk Eve New routing in Morocco Petrina & Dave TBC
July
2nd July, Sun Wicklow Annalecka Trad Day Beginner
Friendly
Keith
Johns
8th,9th July W/E Donegal Kincasslagh Trad W/E Competent
Lead
Dave
Madden
22nd July, Sat Wicklow Lug Scramble Day Comfortable with no protection Robert Egan
30th July, Sun Down Moor Hill
Newry
Trad Day Beginner
Friendly
Gerard
O’Sullivan
August
4 – 7th Aug TBA TBA Trad W/E TBA TBA
12th Aug Sat Wicklow IMC Hut BBQ Eve Competent to eat(!) TBA
19, 20 Aug
W/E
Antrim Fairhead Trad W/E Competent Lead
to VS+
Dave Madden
30th Aug Wed TBA TBA Talk Eve Climbing in
Sicily
John Mansfield
September
8-10th Sept
W/E
Kerry TBC Trad W/E Competent
Lead
Tony Barry
24th Sept Sun Wicklow Carrick Trad Day Beginner
Friendly
Cillian
Russell
October
18 – 25th
Oct
Italy Sicily Trad Week Beginner
Friendly
John
Mansfield
27 – 30th
Oct
TBA TBA Trad W/E Beginner
Friendly
TBA
November
25th Nov, Sat Wicklow Glendalough Hotel IMC 75th Anniversary
Dinner
Dónal Ó Murchú

*Note on skill level

Beginner friendly:  Experienced climbers will be available to support inexperienced climbers / new members – no need to arrange partners

Competent lead:  Climbing partners to be pre-arranged. At least one member of each rope needs to be able to competently lead and support any less experienced partners. Liaise with Meet Organiser as necessary.

S – Severe, VS – Very Severe

Weekly reoccurring outdoor events

Every Thursday evening from April to September inclusive, members of the Club meet informally outdoors at Dalkey Quarry, Dublin.

To find a climbing partner, either make arrangements in advance on member-only communications channels, or turn up and make yourself known.

One-off outdoor events

In addition to the annually/weekly reoccurring outdoor events listed above, members often organise other outdoor events.

You can find out the exact dates when these events occur by checking the Calendar; dates are also usually announced on both public social media and member-only communications channels.

Examples of 2022 overseas meets include:

Place and Month Meet type Year
Malta, Gozo – March/April Sports climbing 2022
El Charro, Spain – May Sports climbing 2022
Sicily, Italy-  Oct Sports climbing 2022

Indoor events

Climbing

Members of the Club meet informally indoors:

To find a climbing partner, either make arrangements in advance on member-only communications channels, or turn up and make yourself known.
Note that attendance during summer months will be considerably lower, especially on Thursdays, because many members of the Club meet outdoors instead (see above).

Presentations

During the winter we arrange speakers from inside and outside the Club to present on topics of interest; typically, but not exclusively, these presentations occur online.

These presentations are open to non-members.
You can find out the exact dates when these presentations occur by checking the Calendar for winter months; dates are also usually announced on both public social media and member-only communications channels.