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The Symposium is organised jointly with SUI's sister group - the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO).

Together, the two organisations are referred to as "SUICRO".

SUICRO 2003 Symposium details here

The first symposium was held in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare in 1985 and has occurred every year since, attracting up to 400 cavers and friends during recent years. Foreign visitors are particularly welcome and might like to join in guided caving trips, workshops and pre-rigged pots.

The weekend generally starts on Friday evening and people arrive into the welcoming atmosphere to meet old friends and enjoy some hospitality. Many cavers take the opportunity to renew their membership fees, buy a souvenir T-shirt and a fistful of raffle tickets. Last year over €2500 worth of prizes were given away at the raffle! The AGMs (Annual General Meetings) of the two organisations are on the Saturday and Sunday mornings. In the afternoons are workshops and caving trips, and in the evenings are talks, slide shows and games!

The Symposium is an excellent chance for the novice and experienced caver alike to meet old friends and make new ones.




SUICRO 2003 Symposium
Bank Holiday weekend, 24th - 27th October 2002.

Shannon Key West Hotel, Rooskey, Leitrim/Roscommon Border.



10.00am SUI AGM

2.00pm David Drew The Caves and Limestone of
Co. Roscommon
Field Trip

7.30pm Graham Mullan
Caves of County Clare
Book launch

8.00pm Colin Bunce
Caves of Geevagh, Co. Sligo
Book Launch

8.45pm David Drew
The Caves and Limestone of Co. Roscommon.
Slide Show

9.30pm Fraser Simson
Abode to of the Clouds: Meghalaya, India 2001

10.15pm Monster Raffle


11.00am ICRO AGM + Open forum

2.00pm Colin Bunce
Caves of Geevagh, Co.Sligo
Field Trip

2.00pm Fraser Simsom
Underground Videography

7.30pm Seamus Breathnach
Romania 2003
Slide Show

8.00pm Tim Fogg /David Scott
Mulu 2003
Slide show

8.45pm John Gunn
Caves of Brazil
Slide Show

9.30pm Fraser Simson
Abode to the Clouds: Meghalaya 2003

10.15pm Results of Photographic Competition and Table Quiz


All Bookings to be dealt directly with the providers.

Shannon Key West Hotel
The River Edge,
Leitrim / Roscommon Border

Phone: 00353 78 38800
Fax: 00353 78 38811
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: http://keywest.firebird.net


  • Ensuite bedrooms, singles, doubles and family room.
  • Fitness centre including Cleopatras Jacuzzi, Solarium and Steamroom. No Swimming Pool.


€50 pps per night B&B
€50 single room per night B&B
€60 per single person in double room B&B
2X B&B + 1 Dinner €149 pps
3x B&B + 2 Dinner €199 pps

There is also a full carvery luncheon available between 12.30 pm and 4.30pm each day for €8.80 - €10.00

The Hotel also has a fully licensed restaurant.

Ask for Marie at reservations and reference the SUICRO Symposium.

The Hotel has only 35 rooms. It is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.

Other Accomodation:

The B&B List is as follows:

The Moorings 00353 78 38359 (Highly Recommended)
Avondale House 00353 78 38095
Shannonville House 00353 78 38134
River Shannon Lodge 00353 78 38064
Durkins 00353 78 38173
Kangleys 00353 78 38394

(All of the above are within walking distence of the hotel)

Other B&B in the area:

Shannon River Lodge 00353 78 38492
Hetheringtons 00353 78 58984
West Winds 00353 78 38110
Warren Lodge 00353 78 38237

(Recommended to ask for distances from each provider)

The nearest hostel is 15 mins from the Hotel in either Carrick-on-Shannon or Longford.