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South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association


South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) is hosting a fundraising event on Saturday 29 November 2014 to raisemuch needed funds for its new base facility and annual operating costs of the team. The event comprises a 15 kilometre walk/run, titled ‘Walk the Long Way Round’ starting at the new base facility in Clonmel. The event includes a road, track and open mountain route which will take place in and around Clonmel and the north western Comeraghs. You can do it yourself, with a group of friends or join a mixed group that will have leaders. The event route will be fully marshalled by members of the team.

Registration is €25. We are conscious that we are living in times of austerity but would appreciate any additional donations be they big or small. Participants must be 18 years or over. Whilst fundraising is the primary objective of the event, it will also benefit participants by encouraging them to be active, embrace the outdoors and will promote local natural amenities.

SEMRA is a voluntary, non-profit organisation affiliated to Mountain Rescue Ireland. SEMRA is responsible for conducting searches and rescues in the mountains of the South East of Ireland including the Comeraghs, Galtees, Knockmealdowns, Slievenamon and Blackstairs. All team members are volunteers and are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. SEMRA attends an average of 20 callouts per annum. All team members are trained in Rescue Emergency Care (REC).

In order to provide a more efficient emergency response service, SEMRA has constructed a new base facility which will provide storage of team vehicles and equipment in a centralised location, readily accessible to the areas of response in the grounds of Clonmel Fire Station. Construction of this facility was completed in April 2014.

SEMRA are now actively seeking funding to make the base facility fully operational to ensure a sustained emergency search and rescue service is provided to the community. Once complete, the facility will provide a centralised storage location for SEMRA vehicles and equipment. It will have the capacity to clean and dry equipment after a training exercise or team callout. This will ensure the team is in a state of readiness for a subsequent tasking in a reduced timeframe. It will also facilitate the team in providing a more rapid service to the community by reducing incident response times. 

It will serve all geographical regions which SEMRA are directly involved in, which includes but is not limited to counties Tipperary, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Cork.

We have received tremendous support for this event already and I would particularly like to thank, in advance, all of you who will participate on the night and a special thank you to all who have contributed financially.


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Please note, if you register on line, you will receive a free gift on the night!



Training Course
On Navigation Skills
Map, Compass GPS and Digital Mapping
For Hillwalkers, Cyclists, Runners, Outdoor Explorers

Lisvarrinane Community Centre
5 (Tuesday) evening sessions and 2 Practical half day field sessions Saturday.
Commencing Tuesday 4th November 2014 @ 19.30pm
Day Date Venue Time
1 Tuesday November 4th Lisvernane CC 19.30
2 Tuesday November 11th Lisvernane CC 19.30
3 Saturday November 15th Field Day tbc
4 Tuesday November 18th Lisvernane CC 19.30
5 Tuesday November 25th Lisvernane CC 19.30
6 Tuesday December 2nd Lisvernane CC 19.30
7 Saturday December 6th Field Day tbc
Contact Michael Moroney 087-9267948



Map, Compass, GPS & Digital Mapping Course Content 2014

Compass: Silva 4 Expedition. Learn how to use a 360° compass, Components working parts, magnetic variation, Taking a bearing,3 North’s, “Add for Mag, get rid for Grid”. Hudson Bay Canada. W.H. Naismith 1892, Use with Map etc.

Map: Ordnance Survey Discovery Series (1-89). Learn Scales, Signs & Symbols, Contour interpretation, Ridge, Col, Summits, Spur, Gully, Re-Entrant, Corrie/Comb. Fastnet Rock, The grid system, Orientate and relate map to ground etc.

GPS: Garmin, Magellan, Lawrance & DeLorme, Learn Setting up GPS to function properly in Ireland and elsewhere, Buttons & main pages, battery power, Calibrate Altimeter, Compass, mark current position and enter a waypoint and a goto into your GPS, create, follow Tracks and Routes, Finding your position vs map & compass, different map views etc.

Digital Mapping: Garmin Trip & Waypoint Manager, free Garmin BaseCamp, Google Earth. Digital Mapping with GPS and OSI (Garmin Eire Discoverer, Geolives, Viewranger, MapYX Quo, Satmap. IPhone, IPod, Ipad, apps. Connecting to a PC to transfer, receive routes and track files etc. The advantage of using digital maps with your GPS, printing your own map etc.

Field Work: Practical refresher on using the Map, Compass & GPS to navigate a downloaded track. Participants will also work through a detailed task list to revise and extend their practical Map, Compass & GPS skills. You should bring Boots, outdoor gear and lunch for field trip.
You should bring on second night your own map compass GPS Lap top and GPS cable to link it to a PC if you don’t have any a limited number are available
On completion you should have the necessary skills to navigate confidently using these resources. Thank You.
Contact Michael Moroney 087-9267948 







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