The Irish Boulder Championships returns in 2023, and will also run as Round 2 of the Four Nations Boulder Cup Series.

The competition will take place on the weekend of 25 & 26 February at Gravity Climbing Centre, Dublin. 

The Four Nations series will include four bouldering rounds taking place across the four nations; Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

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


Entry on-line opens:

8am Monday 16 January 2023, and closes at 8pm Thursday 16 February 2023

Late entries will not be accepted



Event Details:

  • Saturday 25 February - Youth A, B and D Categories
  • Sunday 26 February - Youth C and Senior Categories

       Each category will compete on one day only


Categories for 2023:

The 2023 Irish Boulder Championship is open to climbers in the following categories:

Competition category Year of birth
Senior 2007 and earlier
Youth A 2006/2007
Youth B 2008/2009
Youth C 2010/2011
Youth D 2012/2013 

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.



2022 was a fantastic year for competitions, especially with the introduction of the Four Nations Series.

However, costs have been and are continuing to increase in the running of these events. Mountaineering Ireland has therefore made the difficult decision to increase the entry fee of The Irish Boulder Championships by €5.  This is the first increase in many years and this increase in price will enable us to run competitions to the same current standard. 

Mountaineering Ireland greatly appreciates your continued support, and if you have any further questions regarding this price change, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


  • 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 the running of the competition on the day, this will be in addition to the accompanying adult.


Join Mountaineering Ireland and save money on entry fees!

Individual youth membership is available for €25.

Click here for more information: New Member Registration


Volunteer judges

As with all climbing competitions, this competition will rely on the participation of volunteer judges for the climbers to compete. If possible, we ask that volunteers, parents, and competitors help in this regard. Judging is easy, and all 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: michael@mountaineering.ie



Due to venue capacity and for everyone’s safety, only during the final rounds are spectators allowed onto the mats.  


Entry Details



Eight bloc scramble format with 2.5 hours to attempt all blocs. There is a maximum of five attempts on each bloc.

Top 6 in each category will proceed to the final.


Round Qualification Round Final Round
No. of Problems 8 4
No. of Attempts 5 Unlimited



It is important to read the rules for this event:




This provisional schedule will be confirmed once entry has closed, and will depend on the number of entries per category.

Please check this website for further schedule updates.


(Category times may be updated or changed on the day)



Saturday 25 February:

Registration: Saturday 25 February, 7:30am-14:30pm

Youth D Qualification: 8:30am-11:00

Youth B Qualification: 10:00am-12:30pm

Youth A Qualification: 12:00pm- 14:30

Youth D Isolation Opens: 13:30 and closes at 14:00

Youth D Finals start at 14:30

Youth B Isolation Opens: 15:00 and closes 15:30

Youth B Finals start at 16:00

Youth A Isolation Opens: 17:00 and closes at 17:30

Youth A Finals start at 18:00

Medals ceremony after


Sunday 26 February:

Registration: Sunday 26 February, 7:30am - 11:30am

Youth C Qualification: 8:30am -11:00

Senior Qualification: 11:00am-13:30

Youth C Isolation Opens: 13:00 and closes 13:30

Youth C Finals start at 14:00

Senior Isolation Opens: 15:00 and closes 15:30

Senior Finals start at 16:00

Medals ceremony after


Further information

There is limited parking at Gravity Climbing Centre, please bear this in mind when planning your journey. Gravity is well served by public transport, with the Blackhorse Luas stop nearby.


Cancellation policy

  • 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.



2023 Irish Boulder Championships (uploaded once event has started)







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