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 Croaghan
Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: New Reviewer - Cuilcagh
Replies: 1
Views: 1186

New Reviewer - Cuilcagh

Over the last few weeks the more observant of you will have noticed some of the caches in Ireland being published by a new name. I'm delighted to say that we now have a 3rd reviewer for Ireland called Cuilcagh I'm also delighted to announce that the face behind the name is none other than Eileen/Blu...
by Croaghan
Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Community Maintenance of Old Caches
Replies: 9
Views: 4181

Community Maintenance of Old Caches

A member of the community steps forward, contacts a reviewer and agrees to be the nominated maintainer of the cache. The reviewer places an admin note on the cache indicating who the maintainer is. In the event that a cache has a NA log or a landowner issue then the community maintainer will be the ...
by Croaghan
Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Community Maintenance of Caches
Replies: 18
Views: 3051

Community Maintenance of Caches

I received the following email from some Spanish cachers this week: I'm writing to you because you are reviewer of {CACHE NAME REMOVED}. We're geocachers from Spain and this is our first time abroad. We are very surprised to see many caches in Ireland are not well maintained by their owners, even if...
by Croaghan
Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: Geocache Placement
Topic: Placing Caches in FSNI Maintained Forests
Replies: 1
Views: 3273

Placing Caches in FSNI Maintained Forests

Background Threads: 1. FSNI denying access to geocaching on lands owned and maintained by them: http://forums.geocachingireland.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=2392 2. Email confirming that geocaching is now a permitted activity on FSNI lands: http://forums.geocachingireland.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=3520 ...
by Croaghan
Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:07 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Stepping Down For a Few Months
Replies: 13
Views: 2088

Stepping Down For a Few Months

Due to work commitments and less spare time I'm having to step down for a few months as reviewer. Thankfully Graham/Inishanier has agreed to carry the role of reviewing for all of Ireland on his own very capable shoulders so at least we won't have to depend on bringing a floating reviewer in from ou...
by Croaghan
Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Holidays
Replies: 0
Views: 4026

Holidays

You may or may not have noticed Graham has been doing all the publishing this week as I have been extremely busy at work. Well this week we're heading on holiday. I'll be staying in Ireland but won't be online so won't be replying to emails or PMs. Huge thanks to Graham for covering last week and if...
by Croaghan
Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Ask The Reviewer
Replies: 340
Views: 50456

Re: Ask The Reviewer

3rd months. What you're describing is a moving cache and they're not allowed either :( Just a hint.. they are of course not allowed on GC.com.... But GC.com are not the only listing site! :D But Graham and myself are GC.com reviewers and can only comment on GC.com guidelines :wink: Moveables are pe...
by Croaghan
Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Ask The Reviewer
Replies: 340
Views: 50456

Re: Ask The Reviewer

Bumping this thread as we've had a lot of new members over the last few months and to remind people that this thread is here.

8)
by Croaghan
Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: I'm Back and This Time I've Brought Back-Up!
Replies: 22
Views: 1764

I'm Back and This Time I've Brought Back-Up!

The more eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that I've started reviewing and publishing caches again. My break was to be to the end of July but I've managed to get my annoying work stuff out of the way quicker than I thought and I figured I'd abused erik and Lord Stirling's good nature enough alre...
by Croaghan
Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Time Off (Not an April Fool!)
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Re: Time Off (Not an April Fool!)

I've been in touch with Groundspeak asking them to arrange some temporary cover to give me some time away from my reviewer duties for a short period of time. Many of you will remember erik as a previous reviewer for Ireland. He and a "floating" reviewer ( Lord Stirling ) have agreed to look after t...
by Croaghan
Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Ask The Reviewer
Replies: 340
Views: 50456

Re: Ask The Reviewer

I'm gonna lock this thread until I'm back in the saddle again.

8)
by Croaghan
Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Time Off (Not an April Fool!)
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Time Off (Not an April Fool!)

I have a busy time coming up over the next while so I've been in touch with Groundspeak asking them to arrange some temporary cover to give me some time away from my reviewer duties for a short period of time. Many of you will remember erik as a previous reviewer for Ireland. He and a "floating" rev...
by Croaghan
Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Changes to Reviewing in Ireland
Replies: 23
Views: 1592

Changes to Reviewing in Ireland

Hi All, Due to changes in work I'm now in a position where I have very little spare time any longer. I've found over the last couple of months that reviewing is taking more and more of this time and I'm getting little or no opportunity to spend time walking or caching. As such I've taken the very di...
by Croaghan
Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Ask The Reviewer
Replies: 340
Views: 50456

Re: Ask The Reviewer

Sorry Kevin, I don't review ECs. These are looked after by a specific team of reviewers and a specific set of guidelines that are agreed by the Geographical Society of America. There is however, a specific Groundspeak Forum for ECs: http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showforum=67 This is a l...
by Croaghan
Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Ask The Reviewer
Replies: 340
Views: 50456

Re: Ask The Reviewer

While out caching today I found 2 glue sticks and a witch hazel stick in 3 different caches . I removed them as if I remember correctly they should not be in caches . Was I right / wrong ? - seem to remember that glue / makeup etc should not be placed in caches. They're not mentioned specifically b...
by Croaghan
Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:24 am
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Ask The Reviewer
Replies: 340
Views: 50456

Re: Ask The Reviewer

What are the regulations on placing an extreme cache. If I can get the equipment I would like to pace a few. The GC.com guidelines cover all types of caches. An extreme cache is simply one with a very high terrain rating that usually requires special equipment to retrieve. As with any cache I would...
by Croaghan
Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Ask The Reviewer
Replies: 340
Views: 50456

Re: Ask The Reviewer

Caroline has it right. You can cross the private land using a RoW but can't leave anything behind or stray off the RoW.

If in doubt then just ask the landowner for permission.

8)
by Croaghan
Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Ask The Reviewer
Replies: 340
Views: 50456

Re: Ask The Reviewer

A RoW gives access across someone's private land. This allows permission to move from one site to another and doesn't give automatic permission to stop or to leave anything behind. From Citizens Advice (my emphasis): There is a distinction in Irish law between public and private rights of way. A pub...
by Croaghan
Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:13 am
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Ask The Reviewer
Replies: 340
Views: 50456

Re: Ask The Reviewer

Sorry if this has been asked / answered somewhere else. No matter. This is what this thread is for 8) My query is: I know I can block the reviewer by un-ticking the box until I'm happy enough to submit the cache for review, but once I put the initial page up, is there anything I won't be able to ch...
by Croaghan
Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: Geocache Placement
Topic: GC.com Site Bug - Cache Type
Replies: 0
Views: 3050

GC.com Site Bug - Cache Type

A couple of months ago a site bug affected an unknown number of cache listings. During a short period if you tried to edit your listing it automatically reverted to a Traditional cache type regardless of how it was originally published :shock: I'd advise everyone to check out their listings and let ...