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The Irish Lead Championships returns in 2024, and will also run as Round 1 of the Four Nations Lead Cup Series.

Please note that the English and Welsh Cup rounds for 2024 have been cancelled. Scotland and Ireland will proceed as planned. Participation in both the Scottish and Irish events will result in an overall series ranking for the Four Nations Cup Series.

For more information please visit: GB Climbing and

Categories: Youth A, B, C, D and Senior (16 upwards, including if you turn 16 in the year of the competition)

Please note: Youth D climbers will be Top-roping.

Results and podium shots at bottom of page..


  • Saturday 04th May - Youth B, C and D Categories
  • Sunday 05th May - Youth A and Senior Categories

Each category will compete on one day only.

Entry on-line opens:

Entry to the competition has now closed

Late entries will not be accepted.

Event Details

Categories for 2024:

The 2024 Irish Lead Championship is open to climbers in the following categories:

Competition categoryYear of birth
Senior2008 and earlier
Youth A2007/2008
Youth B2009/2010
Youth C2011/2012
Youth D2013/2014

For competitors who turn 16 in the year of the competition, you may choose to enter either Youth A or Senior. Please specify your choice when answering the booking questions via Eventbrite.



  • Member of Mountaineering Ireland: €25
  • Non-member of Mountaineering Ireland: €30

All competitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by one parent/guardian only, but loco parentis can be used where required. If a parent/guardian, spectator or coach, volunteers to assist in a Judge or Belayer role on the day, this will be in addition to the accompanying adult.

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Individual youth membership is available for €25.

Click here for more information: New Member Registration

Volunteer judges and belayers

As with all roped climbing competitions, this competition will rely on the participation of volunteer judges and belayers for the climbers to compete. We ask that volunteers, parents, and competitors help in this regard. All belayers must be suitably experienced, and belayers and judges will receive a briefing from our Chief Judge prior to the start of each round.

Please let me know if you are available to judge or belay:


Spectators are very welcome to come and support the climbers.

Entry Details

  • Entry is only accepted via the Eventbrite online entry system
  • Late entries will not be accepted
  • If you cancel less than five business days before the competition - you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • If the competition is cancelled due to an unforeseen circumstance - you will be entitled to a full refund.

Enter via: Eventbrite online entry system


Each category will face two qualifying routes and a final route.

Categories: Youth B, C and D will climb on Saturday 04th May.

Categories: Youth A and Senior (16+) will climb on Sunday 05th May.

There are two qualification routes per category, there will be no isolation for these routes. The starting order for the first qualifying route is random. Then the starting order for the second qualifier is the same as the first but staggered halfway. E.g. If there are 20 competitors in the category, number 11 will climb first on the second qualifier.

For the finals, all finalists will be held in an isolation zone. There will be a six minute observation of the final route, and then the finals are climbed on-sight.


When entering online, all competitors must read, understand and accept the rules of the competition. Please take note of Eligibilities and Anti-Doping policies. The rules for the event can be found here: Rules

Provisional Schedule

Warning: This provisional schedule will be confirmed after registration has closed, and will depend on the number of registered athletes.

Please check this website for further schedule updates.

Saturday 04th May

  • · 08.00 – Registration opens

    · 08.30 – Registration closes

    · 08:45- Judges Briefing

    · 09:00- Competitor Briefing 

    · 09.30 – Qualifiers start 

    · 14.30 – Qualifiers finish

    · 15.30 – Isolation opens

    · 16.00 – Isolation closes

    · 16.45 – Finals observation

    · 17.00 – Finals

    · Award ceremony after

Sunday 05th May

    • · 08.00 – Registration opens

      · 08.30 – Registration closes

      · 08:45- Judges Briefing

      · 09:00- Competitor Briefing

      · 09.30 – Qualifiers start

      · 14.30 – Qualifiers finish

      · 15.30 – Isolation opens

      · 16.00 – Isolation closes

      · 16.45 – Finals observation

      · 17.00 – Finals

      · Award ceremony after

First Qualifier Start List (provisional)

After registration has closed on the morning of the competition, The First and Second Qualifier Start List's will be finalized and printed out at the venue. This is too account for non attendance from any competitors who have entered the competition.

First Qualifier Start List (provisional)

2024 ILC's Demo Videos


Four Nation Lead Cup Series 2024 (

Further Information

Contact: Michael Duffy, Climbing Development Officer, Mountaineering Ireland.


Phone: +353 87 289 7181


Podium Shots:

Youth D - Female

1.  Rae, Isabella

2.  Hill, Eliza

3.  Lewis, Livia

Youth D - Male

1.   Coles-Hiu, Caleb

2.   Murray, Milo

3.  Bentley, William

Youth C - Female

1.  Bayne, Anais

2.  Taylor, Polly

3.  Ross, Fara

Youth C - Male

1.   Howells, Joey  

2.   Bouwknegt, Paul

3.  Duncan, William

Youth B - Female

1.  Gallagher, Mia

2.  Moss, Lily

3.  Crawshaw, Kirsty

Youth B - Male

1.   Sutton, Isaac   

2.   Hammond, Austin

3.  Hayward, Reuben

Youth A - Female

1.   Kee, Holly 

2.   Grimman, Bella  

3.   Stronge, Amelie

Youth A - Male

1.   Goodwin, Oliver

2.   Decker, William

3.   Harrison, Daniel

Senior - Female

1.   Mulhearn, Ember

2.   Claxton-Daniels, Jessica

3.  Rafferty, Amy

Senior - Male

1.   Scanlon, Ciarán

2.   Henchion, Sean

3.   Nickels, Tom

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