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

Geocaching and preserving of ancient sites

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celticbadger

Geocaching and preserving of ancient sites

Post by celticbadger » Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:27 pm

I think as gocachers we can be responsible for the preservation of ancient sites by 1 placing caches near them 2 researching the history of the site as the history may get lost so its important to get the oral history written down as well as reprinting what is known about the site 3 by bring pressure on local authorities to preserve these sites . By taking this type of action we will been seen in more favorable light by authorities and also be able to preserve the public right of ways

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Re: Geocaching and preserving of ancient sites

Post by CluelessTwo » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:04 am

I Agree totally.

I was amazed at some of the sites your caches took us to on the ballycache rally. Many of these sites I would never of known existed. When you go to a new area to explore, you tend to follow brown signs and assume that thats all there is, but your caches brought me to places that arent being highlighted and brought to the attention of tourists etc. In particular that Medieval church, you did a sterling job getting permission off the farmer for that one. He was so nice and it makes all the difference when someone has went to the bother to get proper permissions. Plus the fact that I would of drove down the road and never of known that actually existed. Thats why I like caching.

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Re: Geocaching and preserving of ancient sites

Post by johnrm » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:35 pm

One thing to remember is that caches should NEVER interfere with any structure, ancient of otherwise. If you come across a placement that could be regarded as sensitive, get in contact with the cache owner, and go further if you don't get any joy.
The last thing we want is to bring the game into ill-repute.

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Re: Geocaching and preserving of ancient sites

Post by CluelessTwo » Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:30 pm

Yeah, agreed, it kind of defeats the purpose if you ruin what your highlighting.

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