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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.

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Post by rstefano52 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:09 pm

My wife and I will be coming to Ireland in late May and I would love to do some caching while we are there but we will be on a tour. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to cache while on a tour? Also, how do the Garda react to Geocachers? I suspect that most of our geocaching time might be spent in Dublin because our last tour didn't leave much free time anywhere else. Finally, my battery charger says that it will handle 220 V - do I just need an adapter to plug it in over there? Thanks in advance for any help. P.S. We'll be coming over from the States.

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Post by kersti.com » Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:51 pm

For your battery charger - yes you need a converter, you can buy these at any airport. You need the UK converter. Beware of plugging in power-packs tho, I've heard of these frying.

Gardai are fine, they're like any other police person - be open and honest about what you're doing and follow the general rules (ie don't go snooping around people's gardens etc) I find that having my cache info either in printed for or on my palm shows them I'm just playing a game.

As for tours, if you know the stop points of your tour you may find that there's some caches there. I'd go for only the really fast cache finds that are clearly active to ensure success and also to make sure you see the sights and don;t spend your entire tour stop scrabbling around in bushes.

Oh and don't forget the pint of guiness when you finish for the day!

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Post by The Windsockers » Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:56 pm

Don't forget to post the dates you'll be in Dublin as we can try and arrange a meet up :P

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Post by dino » Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:52 pm

If you have an itinerary at this stage post it up and we may be able to give you some suggestions for good caches and/or organise a guided tour of a different sort as Windsocker suggests
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Post by rstefano52 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:34 pm

I am pretty sure this link will describe the itinerary. http://www.enchantingireland.com/Tours/ ... ?TourID=78 - we will be leaving on 25 May from the states and then return back on 6 June. I am really surprised but all of the replies that I have received but then again - isn't this the way the Irish ARE? Sign me as an "Irish-wannabe"!

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Post by Fjon » Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:40 pm

That's not a bad tour - you pretty much get to see the whole island. I like the way it misses all of the midlands :lol:

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Post by dino » Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:44 pm

That's a pretty detailed itinerary and it looks like a very good tour if you don't mind long periods on a bus and the weather plays ball.

A brief glance at the page shows loads of scope for caching. I'd recommend sticking the address of the hotels you will be staying at into the address search box on GC.com and taking it from there. I'll try and have a quick look for you later too.

For starters though there is definitly an Earthcache at Giant's Causeway, a cache (of mine) close to the hotel in Stranorlar and a TB Hotel close to Dublin Airport.
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Post by Fjon » Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:55 pm

The hotel you're staying in in Dublin (Radisson SAS) is very fancy - I've brought my mum there for afternoon tea on a few special occasions.
There are 3 caches within a mile - "D is for Deer", "F is for Fen" and "M is for Magnet", plus a few more a bit further away.
However, I presume you will be spending quite a bit of time in the city (3.5 miles away), where there is no shortage of caches.
If Kili or Bust is on here and is bored he can tell you a bit more about that - he owns a large chunk of the city ones!

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Post by Serapis » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:33 pm

Enjoy the trip......

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Post by Kili or bust » Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:36 pm

Hi rstefano52 and welcome!
As my good friend Fjon says, I have a lot of caches in the city centre of Dublin. I expect to be in other parts of Ireland around the times you will be here so it is unlikely we could meet but do have a look at my profile on GC.com and check out my caches. They take you to most of the city's historical/tourist sites.

Hope you have a super trip!

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Re: Rstefano52's Ireland trip

Post by dino » Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:11 pm

rstefano52 wrote:I am pretty sure this link will describe the itinerary. http://www.enchantingireland.com/Tours/ ... ?TourID=78 - we will be leaving on 25 May from the states and then return back on 6 June. I am really surprised but all of the replies that I have received but then again - isn't this the way the Irish ARE? Sign me as an "Irish-wannabe"!
Going by your itinerary:

Dublin Castle: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... 4&dist=100
Glendalough: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... 8&dist=100
Dublin City Centre
From O'Connell St.: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... =-6.260183
From Hotel: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... 8&dist=100
Blarney Castle: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_de ... 00a6&log=y
Kinsale: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... 2&dist=100
Killarney: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... 8&dist=100
Ballvaughan: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... 9&dist=100
Galway: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... 2&dist=100
Cong: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... 7&dist=100
Killary Harbour: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... n=-9.67105
Yeats' Grave: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... =-8.495067
Stranorlar: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... 9&dist=100
Glenveagh: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_de ... 5779f439de
Derry: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_de ... af4418c290 (very long but alternative tour?)
Giant's Causeway: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_de ... 3c5b524914
Belfast: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... 9&dist=100
Dublin Airport: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_de ... a469728064

There's an awful lot there and I'm sure you'll only get a chance at a fraction of them but it's somewhere to start 8)

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Post by rstefano52 » Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:32 pm

Thank you dino-irl - that looks like a pretty good list to start off with. I'm going to try to load up as many waypoints in my GPS as possible (I can only load about a 1000) just so I have them there but I will make sure that I have any that are suggested here. In addition, I will load up my PDA with the cache descriptions so that I have something to go on. I don't want to be carrying a whole lot of paper. My plan for this trip is to travel as light as possible. I'm not even going to bring my laptop because I think it would be a big pain to carry around. My biggest concern is to make sure that I can recharge my batteries. I will have to make sure that I have the proper converters so that I don't blow out my chargers. In addition, I will have a lot of digital memory sticks for my camera because I ran out of room the last time (I took over 700 pictures!). I was able to get some of the pictures transferred to a CD the last time but I did not watch the fellow do it and he wound up duplicating one of the sticks so I ran the risk of using the wrong one and losing all of the pictures. By the grace of God, I selected the right one and came home with all of my memories intact! I can't wait - we've been planning this trip since our last one in 2003.

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Post by dino » Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:44 pm

If you want all the caches in Ireland, check out this thread to get them in 3 PQs which you can download onto PDA/GPSr. Currently there are 1027 active caches in the whole of Ireland but if you ignore Mystery/Puzzle caches the number is down to a manageable 975.

Don't discount Multis either. Many of them here are quite short and well worth the little bit of extra effort
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I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue."

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Post by klossner » Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:36 pm

This has been an interesting thread for me. We've dreamed for years of crossing the eight time zones to visit Ireland, and we finally get to come in July. We're not on an organized tour, we're just going to land at an airport one day and hire a car. We have several days to spend and no preconceived notions of what to do, except that one of my daughters says she wants to go walking in one of the delightful green valleys that we see in the films. Oh, and we would seize any opportunities to listen to Celtic music.

My concern just now is with making sleeping arrangements, which means I need to decide where we're going to be each evening. If you had, say, five days to visit the best parts of Ireland and look for the most interesting caches, where would you plan to stop at night?

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Post by rstefano52 » Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:58 pm

Klossner, am I jealous! We're going to the Emerald Isle in June and we can't wait but I was too chicken to drive so we are going on a tour. I would love to be FREE over there for several weeks and just wander where ever I wanted to. You will certainly be in for a treat and if you can, take advantage of the many Bed & Breakfast options that are available - the people are great and very willing to share their country with all visitors.

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Post by LettyN » Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:57 pm

What airport will you arrive at? If it's Dublin and you only have a few days, you could go to Wicklow.
Lots of walking, nice caches (try The Red Door...), and plenty pubs with music (you could check out www.thesession.org for this). Plus, if the weather's awful, you could go to Dublin and see a few museums.

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Post by FatFergie » Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:56 pm

klossner wrote: If you had, say, five days to visit the best parts of Ireland and look for the most interesting caches, where would you plan to stop at night?
Just my own opinion but if you've only got five days stick to one region, travelling times are quite slow in Ireland and you'll spend most of it driving if you try to cover all the country. If you're coming to Dublin airport, Letty's suggestion is a good one, if it's Shannon then Clare/ Galway or Cork/ Kerry. There's enough to keep you interested and entertained anywhere. B&Bs are generally good but the hotels aren't bad either and there's plenty of the chains that you'll recognise from the US.

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Post by klossner » Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:38 pm

Thanks for the advice. I support, then, I won't plan to circumnavigate the island by car. :oops:

My daughters very much want to be tourists and see Bunratty Castle, and we also want to explore Dublin. Two questions:

1) How long does it take to drive a car between Shannon and Dublin in July?

2) Is it a big mistake to take in the tourist attractions at Bunratty Castle?

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Post by Bootle » Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:03 pm

klossner wrote:Thanks for the advice. I support, then, I won't plan to circumnavigate the island by car. :oops:

My daughters very much want to be tourists and see Bunratty Castle, and we also want to explore Dublin. Two questions:

1) How long does it take to drive a car between Shannon and Dublin in July?

2) Is it a big mistake to take in the tourist attractions at Bunratty Castle?
1 -Dublin to Limerick is about 3 hours on good roads. Getting through Limreick can be a challenge, but should be ok if youre not doing it at rush hour. From there its a good road to Bunratty - maybe 15 more minutes?

2 - Some of our more famous tourist attractions such as Newgrange, The Burren, Connemara, etc, are beautiful and definitely worth a look, but others are tailor made to fool tourists into thinking they're seeing "the real Ireland". I suspect Bunratty, with its "folk park" falls into this category (though I havent actually been there myself, so perhaps I'm wrong).
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Post by FatFergie » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:37 am

Bootle wrote:
klossner wrote:Thanks for the advice. I support, then, I won't plan to circumnavigate the island by car. :oops:

My daughters very much want to be tourists and see Bunratty Castle, and we also want to explore Dublin. Two questions:

1) How long does it take to drive a car between Shannon and Dublin in July?

2) Is it a big mistake to take in the tourist attractions at Bunratty Castle?
1 -Dublin to Limerick is about 3 hours on good roads. Getting through Limreick can be a challenge, but should be ok if youre not doing it at rush hour. From there its a good road to Bunratty - maybe 15 more minutes?

2 - Some of our more famous tourist attractions such as Newgrange, The Burren, Connemara, etc, are beautiful and definitely worth a look, but others are tailor made to fool tourists into thinking they're seeing "the real Ireland". I suspect Bunratty, with its "folk park" falls into this category (though I havent actually been there myself, so perhaps I'm wrong).
About three hours sounds about right but bear in mind that it can take over an hour to cross Dublin at peak times. You don't have to go into Limerick to get from Shannon to Dublin.
I've been to Bunratty several times and it is very touristy but I would still heartily recommend it. The reconstructed folk park is actually more interesting than the castle itself. It began when some houses had to be demolished to make way for Shannon airport and some conservationists decided to relocate a house stone by stone to Bunratty. They've since collected buildings from all over Ireland and it's a lovely collecton of the architectural heritage.
In the same area, near Quin, is the Craggaunowen project which focuses on the prehistoric and is definitely worth a look at too, if only to see the Naomh Breandán, a wood and hide boat that crossed the Atlantic in the 70s

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