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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Post by klaus23 » Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:20 pm

Donnacha and I had a quick chat about this, creating a timeline to show where the site came from.
Consider this post work in progress and don't be shy to suggest your own dates to add.

You'll find the Geocaching.com history here

May 2nd, 2000 - End of Selective Avaliablity announced by Clinton Administration. Previously, and purposely civilian GPS was less accurate (100m radius) than military GPS. It basically meant that when SA was removed, civilian GPS users began to enjoy the accuracy we have today.

May 3rd, 2000- First Geocache/ Stash planted in USA by Dave Ulmer, near Portland, Oregon.

May 30th, 2000 - Term "Geocaching" coined by Matt Stum on the "GPS Stash Hunt" mailing list.

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June 3rd, 2000 - Chris O'Byrne plants first Irish (and European) cache on Bray Head

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September 2nd, 2000 - Geocaching.com founded by Jeremy Irish (wa-hey!) and Mike Teague.

'late' 2000 - Groundspeak.com (Geocaching.com parent company) founded.

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April 2nd, 2002- First Irish Event cache in Louth, The Long Woman's Grave

April 6th, 2003- Ireland's 100th cache placed Lob Wedge To The Sea

Aug 9th, 2003 - Geocaching_Ireland e-group founded by klaus23 and craigsbar

May 31st, 2004 - 1st Irish Cache revived by Donnacha

May 2004 - GeocachingIreland.com goes live

before June 2004 - Merann become the first Irish cachers to reach 100 finds.

July 17th, 2004 - First Annual Irish Summer Event, Wicklow

September 2004 Outsider Magazine join Donnacha and Bootle in search of a cache on the Fancy Mountain. Read the article here

November 7th, 2004 - GeocachingIreland.com members appear Europe-wide on a special filmed for ARTE Television. Media Section.

January 22nd, 2005- First New Year's Resolution Event

January 28th, 2005 - GeocachingIreland.com forums launched, replacing the Geocaching_Ireland e-group which had/has 46 members

June 25th, 2005 - 2nd Annual Irish Cache Event, Antrim.

September 10th, 2005 - First Irish-British Event, Dublin

September 12th, 2005 - GeocachingIreland.com members help out with the BA Science Festival Event

end 2005 - GeocachingIreland averages around 2000 visits per month, and over 50000 hits in December alone.

February 20th, 2006 - Kili Or Bust becomes the first Irish cacher to reach 500 finds, at The Bradda Lode on the Isle of Man.

March 14th, 2006 - 500th Irish Cache placed Ns L200 Place, Kilkenny.

March 26th, 2006 - Kili Or Bust, Hezekiah, The Windsockers and Donnacha complete what has entered folklore as "The Mad Trip", a 24-hr caching journey through all 32 counties in Ireland, completed at 22hrs 57mins.

September 6th - 10th, 2006 - 2nd Irish-British Event, Anglesey, N.Wales

November 7th, 2006 - GeocachingIreland.com members appear in an Irish Times article. Media Section

January 2007 Site statistics show that there were over 2 million visits to the forums in 2006

January 6th, 2007 - New Years Resolution Event 2007 Donabate, N.Co. Dublin

February 21st, 2007 - GeocachingIreland.com goes nationwide with it's biggest media exposure to date, on RTE's Nationwide programme. Find it in our media section

February 22nd, 2007 - Sean and Steve reach 1000 finds at A Grand Cache

March 3rd, 2007 - GeocachingIreland.com forums break records with 16 users signing on simultaneously. Google.com says "We're worried".

March 4th, 2007 - GeocachingIreland.com forums now have 75 members.

March 10th 2007 - After debating since Dec 2005, some trojan work got done up in Donegal and the First Irish Geocoin is ready to rock. Get them while they're hot right here. A big thanks to Dino from all of us for this. Coins are due to ship in April.

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The future:

June 2nd, 2007 3rd Annual Summer Event, Donegal.

edited slightly by Bootle, for the sake of peace and quiet...

[edited for accuracy, as below - Klaus]
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Post by klaus23 » Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:22 pm

There's a couple of things I could do with...

- Site stats
- Who reached 500 first
- Were D. and I the first in Ireland to reach 100?

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Post by The Windsockers » Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:34 pm

Don't forget the mad trip after all you had to put your hand in your pocket last saturday :shock:

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Post by Kili or bust » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:34 pm

Absolutely nothing must have happened then!
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Post by Hezekiah » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:36 pm

Hear! Hear! =D> =D> =D> =D> There's only just enough time for caching without getting distracted by anything else :twisted: :twisted:
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Post by Kili or bust » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:46 pm

klaus23 wrote:There's a couple of things I could do with...

- Site stats
- Who reached 500 first
- Were D. and I the first in Ireland to reach 100?
KOB was first to 500 with Happy Humphrey's excellent 5x5 star cache "The Bradda Lode" in the IOM.

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Post by Bootle » Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:03 pm

edited slightly (guess where!) for the sake of peace and quiet!
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Post by donnacha » Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:38 pm

Listen everyone, because I'm only going to say this once. I don't want this thread going off topic on the split that happened some time ago. I didn't actually see what was posted, but I'm sure Klaus was only trying to give us an insight into the history and foundation of the site which we all use today. So, if you feel there's anything else that should be included, please post your idea here.
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Post by donnacha » Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:40 pm

klaus23 wrote:Were D. and I the first in Ireland to reach 100?
I think maybe merann were. I could be wrong though, but I remember it being quite close at the time.
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Post by donnacha » Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:47 pm

I've another one...

Most users ever online was 16 on Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:38 pm

LOL :lol:
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Post by Kili or bust » Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:20 pm

Another stat that I am laying claim to. Open to correction by the stat hounds but I believe my "Castle Rock" in Dublin city centre is currently the most visited cache in Ireland. Can't say that of course without referring to the one and only Sir Steve for his assistance in creating the useful disguise!!

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Post by Bootle » Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:25 pm

donnacha wrote:I've another one...

Most users ever online was 16 on Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:38 pm

LOL :lol:
evidently we all logged on straight after the Event! <<cough>> nerds!<<cough>>
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Post by Seacon » Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:44 pm

June 25th, 2006 - 2nd Annual Irish Cache Event, Antrim.


Me thinks the actual date was 25 June 2005 :wink:

How could I forget our 1.5 hr walk that took 5 hrs.................Golden sands on Whitepark bay, sun shining................great craic............magic memories :D

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Post by Bootle » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:51 pm

Seacon wrote:
How could I forget our 1.5 hr walk that took 5 hrs.................Golden sands on Whitepark bay, sun shining................great craic............magic memories :D
happy days indeed! We all learned a new greeting that weekend!

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Post by klaus23 » Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:57 pm

- Changed summer event to correct year... woops... don't mention we forgot to have one last year :wink:
- Added users online record.
- Added Merann being first to 100 - I think you're right, D.
- Added KoB first to 500
- Added "The Mad Trip"... cost me enough money last week...

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Post by dino » Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:42 pm

Bootle wrote:happy days indeed! We all learned a new greeting that weekend!

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Anyone else note that Albert is levitating in that photograph?

Must have been the Ulster Fry he had for breakfast :shock:
Some gal would giggle and I'd get red
And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head,
I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue."

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Post by Kili or bust » Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:46 pm

Might have more to do with all the hot air coming from behind him! :D I see what you mean though, it is a bit strange. Was there anything being handed out on that trip that I missed?

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Post by MadraRua » Fri Mar 09, 2007 1:52 pm

LOL I only spotted that now! How cool! :lol:
Kili or bust wrote: Was there anything being handed out on that trip that I missed?
I seem to remember him eating cookies earlier on... :mrgreen: :-

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Post by donnacha » Sat Mar 17, 2007 11:13 am

Klaus, September 2004, myself and Eoin appear in Outsider magazine. Something about the geocoin would be nice also.
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Post by klaus23 » Sat Mar 17, 2007 3:27 pm

donnacha wrote:Klaus, September 2004, myself and Eoin appear in Outsider magazine. Something about the geocoin would be nice also.
Consider it done :wink:

Legendary quote from that article: Donnacha McCartan loves the outdoors. He looks a bit like Andrew Strong. He has gone on mad caching binges in the past, finding up to 13 in one day. :lol:

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