March 13th 2017

When I established the forums in 2005 it was to offer a more richer web experience and greater functionality than the platform where we started this social adventure in 2003, Yahoo Groups. The forums were once a busy hive of activity and provided locals and visitors with a wealth of information just like the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook today.

It was a time where we didn't have the many social media platforms we have today, and it was a different time in terms of mobility and technology. There was no instant access to information, no Google Maps and a very limited base map on your GPSr. Mobile connectivity for me was a 9600bps Infrared connection from a Nokia to a laptop and in later times to a PDA using WAP.

As we moved into the social media era so did our forums users. Geocaching Ireland moved there too, and we have a thriving community on the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook. As a result, forum activity isn't what it used to be and I have taken the decision to disable new registrations to the forums and to make the forums read only so any information there can still be accessed.

The discussion hasn't ended, it has just moved. Join us on the Facebook Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group .

Donnacha

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by daraconn
Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: 7 Souvenirs of August
Replies: 30
Views: 7961

Re: 7 Souvenirs of August

42190.

Just snuck over the line before the end of the month thanks to Abbey Ackbar (for the only unfound letterbox within about 100 miles) and to sarahmur for organising a very enjoyable event.
by daraconn
Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Quite a lot of Cache Hides, or are there?
Replies: 16
Views: 4868

Re: Quite a lot of Cache Hides, or are there?

When we say "barbecue" in Ireland we mean grill. We don't really have barbecue in the American sense.
by daraconn
Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: 2013 New Year resolutions - review
Replies: 18
Views: 5140

Re: 2013 New Year resolutions - review

abbeyackbar wrote:Well done =D> Congratulations! =D> I'm at 353 :) still a few more to find
You can do it! Not far to go now. 8)
by daraconn
Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:22 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: 2013 New Year resolutions - review
Replies: 18
Views: 5140

Re: 2013 New Year resolutions - review

I'm aiming for exactly the same things! My previous record for a year was 335 (=0.9178 per day in 2007); I surpassed that total earlier this month with a current total of 358 in 2013. Only 7 more finds to ensure my average for the year is greater than 1. 3 caches at lunchtime today (including two i...
by daraconn
Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:06 am
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: 2013 New Year resolutions - review
Replies: 18
Views: 5140

Re: 2013 New Year resolutions - review

- We are in reach of beating our record for most finds in a year which is 325 in 2009. We currently stand at 318, so i'd like to beat that by year end and possibly end with a cache find rate of at least 1/day (never managed it yet!) I'm aiming for exactly the same things! My previous record for a y...
by daraconn
Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Logging caches as 'Found it'
Replies: 32
Views: 7696

Re: Logging caches as 'Found it'

For me the cleanest thing is to have no more than one find on any cache, and that's how I prefer to play it. But that's just me.

Edit: As I already said 2 years ago in this thread :oops: . Nice to know I'm consistent at least.
by daraconn
Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:49 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Challenges
Replies: 3
Views: 1651

Re: Challenges

The Dublin Top 20 Unknown has just been published. I am only missing about 2 or 3 to qualify but one of these is the Great Date Puzzle Challenge! Edit: I'm running my own challenge which is to exceed an average of 1.0 per day for the year 2013 (365 caches in the year). I've already beaten my persona...
by daraconn
Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:27 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: County Tops
Replies: 14
Views: 2941

Re: County Tops

Well, I'm still here.
by daraconn
Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: August Streaking Souvenirs
Replies: 14
Views: 3766

Re: August Streaking Souvenirs

I noticed two things yesterday: - you get the souvenirs for the days you log a find even if you don't log every day in the month. So I now have a bunch of August souvenirs after all; - As of yesterday (thanks to my holiday in Canada), I had a 10-day streak which equalled my previous record. So today...
by daraconn
Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Milestone Congratulation Thread
Replies: 1979
Views: 139680

Re: Milestone Congratulation Thread

Thank you everyone! It's a good feeling to reach 2000. Number 2000 was hubal71's Mystery of the Tree VIII. Also finally ticked off my 366 days last week, so that's 2 milestones for me in close succession!
by daraconn
Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Re-introducing
Replies: 8
Views: 3173

Re: Re-introducing

Letty! Welcome back! 8) Some of my favourite caching memories are of your caches around Kinsale area. Glencolumbkille is lovely. I spent several happy holidays staying in the independent hostel there about 20 years ago. It feels very isolated, in a good way - on the final steep approach into the vil...
by daraconn
Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:41 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: August Streaking Souvenirs
Replies: 14
Views: 3766

Re: August Streaking Souvenirs

I won't bother trying to do 31 days. Though I'm not in theswerve's situation - I still have plenty locally unfound, so it would be possible for me. Just too much hassle.
by daraconn
Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Random musings (feel free to muse randomly)
Replies: 12
Views: 2574

Re: Random musings (feel free to muse randomly)

I came across photos of your dogs at a cache recently and it made ne smile : ) It was nice to see them in the photos of caches here again. I'd say the difference in caching here is very noticeable in the year away. There have been a lot of changes in the geocaching landscape in just over a year. It...
by daraconn
Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:42 am
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Random musings (feel free to muse randomly)
Replies: 12
Views: 2574

Re: Random musings (feel free to muse randomly)

Why should a pastime become a source of anxiety ? That's an excellent question. Increasingly, our caching behaviour is influenced by challenges of various kinds. Some are self-imposed (milestones, etc.) and others are meeting external requirements for challenge caches. Up to a point, these make lif...
by daraconn
Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Random musings (feel free to muse randomly)
Replies: 12
Views: 2574

Re: Random musings (feel free to muse randomly)

Did anybody notice that there was a full question in this years Junior cert German exam on Geocaching. It had an article in German on the history of geocaching and the candidates were required to answer a series of questions on it. :D :D :D That's amazing! Geocaching is really getting more mainstre...
by daraconn
Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Random musings (feel free to muse randomly)
Replies: 12
Views: 2574

Random musings (feel free to muse randomly)

Slowly but surely approaching the 2000 milestone - ever since about 1900 my "caches found" number always makes me think of a year. Currently 1963, the year of President Kennedy's visit to Ireland (and his assassination). So I'll almost certainly hit 2013 in 2013. Unlikely that will ever happen again...
by daraconn
Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Photo Game: Name that Castle cache!
Replies: 758
Views: 92156

Re: Photo Game: Name that Castle cache!

Is it Trim Castle?
by daraconn
Sun May 26, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Funny logs
Replies: 6
Views: 2111

Re: Funny logs

Check out the log entry on the latest cache in Cabinteely Park, Monkeying Around. Looks like the 'famous muggle' in the nearby apartment that freaked out swerve finally got suspicious and called by to discover the cache and left her 2-3 page diary entry in the log about her experience of seeing str...
by daraconn
Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: What geocache would you recommend?
Replies: 9
Views: 3440

Re: What geocache would you recommend?

I've seen a lot of recommendations over the years for "Forever Lost from You in Time". Every log seems to be very positive and to say it's something special. I really want to go there now! Not for everyone, I know, but one of my favourite and memorable geocaching experiences in Ireland was Where Bat...
by daraconn
Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dalkey Island
Replies: 11
Views: 4384

Re: Dalkey Island

Guys, listen, you probably know this but do not be tempted to try to swim across Dalkey Sound. It's only about 300 metres but it's very dangerous due to the tidal currents (IIRC 2 or 3 knots north-south when the tide is falling, and the same in the opposite direction when it's rising). Something you...