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 .

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Howdy

Feel free to join up and introduce yourself to the Irish Geocaching community. Don't be shy now...

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Post by bdq » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:45 pm

I figured it was time I actually posted something as opposed to just lurking, so let me start with: Hello!

My wife and I just started caching less than a month ago, and I think we're both hooked. We've been traveling the country for the past 3 weekends to lots of really interesting out of the way locations (with our 3 dogs) and we've been having a blast.

I can't believe that I haven't found geocaching until now! We walked past a cache site (within 10 feet) almost every evening for the last 3 or 4 years and never knew it was in there.

We're based in the midlands (near Athlone) and it seems to be a particularly sparse area for caches, so I hope to get placing a few soon. I'm waiting 'till I've found 50 first (which I read is an unwritten rule), but I know lots of great places in the midlands, and all around Lough Ree.

Happy Caching

Brian

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Post by Kili or bust » Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:36 pm

You are particularly welcome Brian!! As you say, the midlands area is a real cache desert so anything you can do to change that would be great.

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Post by Fjon » Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:03 pm

Hi there,

As Kili said, always great to see someone from the midlands. You really have your choice of cache locations!
Looking forward to finding some of your caches in future.

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Post by Hezekiah » Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:08 pm

Welcome! Hopefully the Midlands will be cache heaven soon!
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Post by spy caleb » Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:04 pm

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Post by Bootle » Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:39 pm

Welcome!
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Post by johnrm » Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:44 pm

Welcome to the Forum!
Please PM me the location of Inny Kayakers, very bothered that I could not find that one!

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Post by Frezeluberz » Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:33 pm

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Post by wildfowler » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:10 am

Hello and welcome from Northern Ireland Brian! Welcome to the club!
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Post by Donmoore » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:24 am

Welcome to the forum and I hope you enjoy the forum as much as you seem to be enjoying caching.

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Post by dino » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:08 am

Welcome to the forum 8)
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Post by jme1979 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:55 am

Hello :D :D

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Post by parkmoy » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:25 pm

Welcome to the forums!
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Post by yotter » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:05 pm

Hurry up and find all the caches round Athlone! I will be down there in September for a sailng event at Lough Ree Yacht Club and as I won't have a lot of time to go caching I could do with a heads up about which are the ones to go for. . . .

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Post by bdq » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:45 am

Thank you all for the warm welcome!

Yotter - There's slim pickin's around Lough Ree / Athlone but here's a couple:

GC1QW7G - Tree of knowledge - This was our first find, and still one of my favourites - it's the best multi-cache I've done so far.
GC17467 - Tree Trail - Another multi - over a big-ish distance but it's good fun and interesting.
GC17RED - Inny Kayakers Cache - This is a lovely walk down by the river Inny.

My advice is start with "Tree Trail" and it'll bring you close to "Tree of knowledge" on-route to one of the way-points. Then finish off with Inny Kayakers. They're all pretty close together so it should make a fun afternoon.

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