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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Post by love » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:28 pm

Okay, I hope it's all right if I use this section of the forums to say hello and please help? :) My caching name is Love and I live in Seattle, Washington and I'm heading over for a dream-finally-come-true trip to Ireland in March. Ireland has always been a top destination for me and I got tired of saying "someday," so last week I broke down and bought a ticket!

I need advice though. Both on must-see locations in Ireland as well as must-find caches. I've got to admit, the adventurer in me really would like to try finding GCJ39P - Corran Tuathail (Ireland's Highest Cache). I've been told that the hike can be done in March. From what I've read, the trail is iffy up near the top so I'm hoping to find other cachers or hikers to make the trek with if the weather's okay, etc. Or if I'm crazy to even bother trying, let me know another cool hike to go on. I'll be traveling over the first week of March, so my time in that area will likely be a weekday.

Any suggestions on anything Ireland related are appreciated. :)

jme1979

Post by jme1979 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:48 pm

Hey Love :D I hope you have a great trip!!

Do you have any ideas on what areas of Ireland (apart from the South-West to do Corran Tuathail) you would like to visit, and will you be planning on having a car when you are here (as that can greatly influence what you can get to here!!!)

From what I've heard, if you have a reasonable amount of hiking experience, sensibly kitted out, there shouldnt be too much bother going up Corran Tuathail in March (but you might not see very much from the top!!) Although I would suggest a walking partner for it (I'm not one for going up mountains on my lonesome).

Kili or bust

Post by Kili or bust » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:13 pm

Welcome to the forum Love (!!) Also hope you have a super trip while you are here. You may even be here for the St Patrick's Day "festival" time which can be pretty awsome!!!! Hope you get to do a few caches in Dublin. As far as hikes are concerned, your choices are limitless. You have the "Garden of Ireland" in Co Wicklow, you have the stunning vistas of the Mourne mountains in the North, there are fabulous treks in Connemara and all around Co Donegal, and then of course the Reeks in Kerry and much much more. There are endless beach walks, river and canal walks and hundreds of miles of forest treks. Just about every major mountain or trek has at least one cache to keep you focussed. (Gosh I sound like Bord Failte!)
I take it you are a regular hiker so I won't give you too many warning shots about Corrauntohill. Its just that people from other countries often come here and think, because the mountains are small compared to the ones in their country, that they are pieces of cake. Our highest mountain can be very messy, difficult and exhausting at times and most routes require quite a bit of hiking to get toward the summit. Co Kerry is famous for all kinds of seasons in the same hour, never mind by day, so cold, visibility and conditions underfoot are issues to be aware of. In other words, JME's advice about not doing it without help or local guidance could be foolhardy.

All the coastal counties are cache wealthy so take your pick!

love

Post by love » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:26 pm

Thanks for the welcome!

jme1979 - It was a pleasure meeting you when you visited Seattle (HQ). :) I will have a car rental so I'm really flexible about where I can go. I haven't booked any of my hostels yet, because I wanted to get some ideas about locations that would be best to see while I'm there. I do like some of the touristy stuff, but I like to get off the beaten path as well, which is why I feel like geocachers are my best resource! So I'm open to any suggestions!

Kili or bust - I am a fairly experienced hiker - I got the Earthcache on top of Mt. Rainier last summer (best cache to date!). If I can manage Corrauntohill weather wise, I do like the idea of going with someone or a group of locals though just because the trail does sound like it has some questionable parts. If you or anyone has any suggestions of anyone who might be interested in the trek (again, weather depending) let me know. Otherwise I'll likely seek out some easier tracks.

Oh, anything I should watch out for St. Patrick's Day wise? I would love it if I could stay through the holiday, but vacation time will have long run out!

Thanks again, and keep the suggestions/advice coming. I'm super excited about the trip!

Kili or bust

Post by Kili or bust » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:27 pm

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jme1979

Post by jme1979 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:31 pm

It was lovely to meet you as well (I remember at the time you talking about taking a trip over here - glad to see that you finally managed it!!)

For the recommendations on where the must-see caches are in Ireland - that's got to come from the man who made it his mission to visit every cache there was - the stage is all yours Kili!!

Although if it looks like you'll be up my way, I'd be happy to keep you company (when I can escape from work!!)

Kili or bust

Post by Kili or bust » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:38 pm

I remember at the time JME was over there, we saw some pics of a gent on top of Mount Rainer. Was that you? Smashing climb by the looks of it. That one is on my list but I can't get anyone to go over with me.

jme1979

Post by jme1979 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:43 pm

Kili or bust wrote:I remember at the time JME was over there, we saw some pics of a gent on top of Mount Rainer. Was that you? Smashing climb by the looks of it. That one is on my list but I can't get anyone to go over with me.
I'm sure you could tell a certain cacher that he was able to drive up it.................. :twisted: :twisted:

love

Post by love » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:46 pm

jme1979 - It would be great to catch up with you again, so if my travels take me your way I'll definitely be in touch. I'll probably be figuring out where I'll be staying in the next couple weeks, so that will give me a better idea!

Kili - It is an amazing climb. Well worth the 6 months of training before hand! I can't wait to go again. Although my sights are actually set a little higher for my next major climb - "kili"manjaro. :) I'm hoping I can swing a trip to that part of the world next year. Anyway, I'm actually of the female persuasion, so that picture wasn't me. :lol: Here is my log from my Rainier climb:

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx ... 76adf9a517

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Post by parkmoy » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:47 pm

I think you might also find that you have made the same mistake that many on this forum make about me as well...............(he/she)
Mistake you for a fella Jimmy? Tell me who she is and I'll slap her <img src="http://www.ProfessionalAnimations.com/G ... ley-04.gif" width="30" height="30" border="0" alt="Animations - smiley-04">
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Post by jme1979 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:49 pm

parkmoy wrote:
I think you might also find that you have made the same mistake that many on this forum make about me as well...............(he/she)
Mistake you for a fella Jimmy? Tell me who she is and I'll slap her <img src="http://www.ProfessionalAnimations.com/G ... ley-04.gif" width="30" height="30" border="0" alt="Animations - smiley-04">
You're too quick off the mark Parky - I decided to spare Kilis blushes and edited that bit (almost immediately!!!)

Love - I think you'll find that you and Kili will be swapping a LOT of stories (his Kili and yours are one in the same)

Kili or bust

Post by Kili or bust » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:13 pm

Now Jimmy, you should know that I don't blush THAT easily. One of the great advantages of bein' a bit TIK!! :D

Anyhow Love, sorry for sounding all cautious about the mountings. Somehow I don't think you will have any probs with Corrauntohill, or Kili for that matter. You just need a bit of weather luck with that one and a bit of a head for "altitude!!"

Donmoore

Post by Donmoore » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:13 am

If you can get some sort of plan together of the areas you plan to be in while you are over I can't see some of the kind Irish cachers pointing you in the right direction and if you get even luckier you might even see some of them and their lucky charms!

I unfortunately have fled the scene so If you are North and East I can not help but their are plenty more who will.

Plenty of urban caches in Belfast City centre if you make it that way.

jme1979

Post by jme1979 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:22 pm

Well, to start you off, if you head towards Northern Ireland you will find loads of caches in the Mourne Mountains, as well as around Belfast City Centre, and following the North Antrim coastal road.

Some suggestions for the Mournes caches would be:

GCXJ0N Lake of the Foxes (lovely little beach tucked away in the mountains, with quite a few caches in the area)
GC13JPB Blue Heart (a walk rather than a proper hike, but some beautiful views on a clear day, and again with more caches nearby)
GC14VR4 Slieve Donard Summit (highest peak in Northern Ireland, although I preferred the walk up Slieve Bearnagh GC15KZW, but you can combine either peak with quite a few other caches)

Others that I would say would be interesting to visit if your route brings you that way would be:

GC15KZW The Gobbins (for the history of the place on the North Antrim coast, and a good place to start following the coast road up from)
GCPCPX The Giant's Causeway Earthcache (the big tourist spot)
GC1CXR7 Coral Hike (really strange, but very interesting place if you end up in Fermanagh!)

And slightly further south:

GCZZG9 Newgrange (do the tour - if you haven't heard of it before, trying google)
GC1438T Pipes of Baidhb (there are quite a few caches in the area called 'Geology of the Southeast' as well, which I loved).

love

Post by love » Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:48 pm

Oh this is great information! Keep it coming. :) I do definitely want to visit Giant's Causeway so I think that Earth Cache will definitely be on my to do list. I know the week is going to fly by way too fast and I'll be wishing I had more time when I get there! Oh well, more reason to come back again sometime. :lol:

My initial planning has me in Dublin for a night, heading down toward Cork for a night and then likely spending 2-3 nights near Killarney, Limerick or Galway City midweek and then heading up north for a night. Nothing's been set in stone though, as I'm still trying to figure out how much time I'll want to devote to each area. :)

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Post by beefy4605 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:12 pm

love wrote:Oh this is great information! Keep it coming. :) I do definitely want to visit Giant's Causeway so I think that Earth Cache will definitely be on my to do list. I know the week is going to fly by way too fast and I'll be wishing I had more time when I get there! Oh well, more reason to come back again sometime. :lol:

My initial planning has me in Dublin for a night, heading down toward Cork for a night and then likely spending 2-3 nights near Killarney, Limerick or Galway City midweek and then heading up north for a night. Nothing's been set in stone though, as I'm still trying to figure out how much time I'll want to devote to each area. :)
Hi there love . If you make it to the Giant's Causeway get in touch and I'll give you a tour of the area . I'm only 5-6 miles away from the Causeway .
I'm sure other cachers in other areas would do the same for you - if we get enough notice I'm sure somebody will make an event cache out of it. :D
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Post by jme1979 » Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:35 am

Hi love

I got an email this morning from a site I signed up to a long time back, and thought you might find some of the brochures and info on it useful. I've combined some of the routes with geocaching outings in the past, especially if I'm going places that I've not been to previously.

www.walkni.com
http://www.activitybrochuresni.com/?ref ... ycleni.com

They have outlines of walks you can take, what you will see, how long, types of paths etc. It might give you a few ideas for places you might like to go (and help you choose caches based on that).

I'm not sure if there is an equivalent for Bord Failte, but I'll have a look.

J

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Post by jme1979 » Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:41 am

And I can't believe I missed this one of my attempt at a must-do list

GC43 Europe's First (not that I've done it yet!!)

A couple of others would be

GCGTG2 Blarney Cache
GCGQT7 Seat of the High Kings (Hill of Tara)
GC167W0 The Burren (and the Cliff of Moher are not too far away)
GC1AH9H Malin Head (Irelands most northern cache - a lovely spot on a good day, but if the weather is rough, give this a miss, the roads are bad and the wind gets very strong here).


You will also find caches nearby to most of the more 'unusual' things that you find in Ireland (rag trees, roadside grottos, healing wells) - it really depends if your interest is in history or not (and where you are heading, as many of these kinds of things are all over the country).

love

Post by love » Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:05 pm

Oh, that Walk NI site is perfect! Thanks for passing that along. When I travel to new places I like to see as much by foot as possible since I think it's the best way to take things in. This will definitely help me with my plannig.

Thanks for all of the caches listings too - my bookmark list is growing quite nicely. :) My friends actually just told me I should visit Newgrange yesterday, so that will definitely be on the list of stops.

I am hoping to meet some geocachers while I'm there and hopefully see jme1979 again! Whenever I get my plans together on where I'm staying what nights, then hopefully something can be worked out. I should probably decide on those plans soon. :lol:

jme1979

Post by jme1979 » Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:06 pm

Since Corran Tuathail is on your list of things to do, I thought you might find this interesting
http://video.aol.com/video-detail/carra ... 3268421001.

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