Ireland – Leinster

Leinster is the province to the east of Ireland, where Dublin is situated and also Wicklow, where I call home.

Brunel’s Folly (GC3FVQQ) by Fjon – Found it! 13th September 2014

My brother-in-law njcbailey, who had gotten me interested in geocaching in August 2013, found this cache while they were visiting us in Bray the same month. I had been in work that day but heard all about it later on from my sister and mother: “You have to go down the cliff to the train tracks!” ” I don’t think you should ever do it!”. Needless to say, I was afraid and resigned to never doing it. And to be honest, if I had have considered doing it last August 2013, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. But I’ve come a long way since then and am willing to push myself physically and mentally all in the name of geocaching.

I spoke to various cachers about it and was somewhat reassured it wasn’t that bad but still I didn’t want to do it on my own. As it happened, odies-crew from up North still had to nab this cache and we arranged to do it together when they made a daytrip down to Bray. Silver soldier and I decided to host an event for their visit, with a view to trying to repay some of the hospitality they showed us during their X Marks the Spot event in June (more of that awesome event in the events section!).

The group reaching level ground again after the descent!
The group reaching level ground again after the descent!

In the end, a group of about 10 of us found the cache, although some had found it already. And it really wasn’t that bad. Probably better to leave the GPSr down until you reach the lower level. You get to walk through a really cool old railway tunnel and see up close the part of the track that fell away due to subsidence causing a fatal train crash in 1867.

I ended up going to the cache again the following week, with a group after my CITO event. And I would go again, it really is great fun, and with over 100 favourite points by now, I guess I’m not the only one who thinks that!

Tunnel near GZ
Tunnel near GZ

Europe’s First (GC43) by Chris O’Byrne (adopted by Donnacha) – Found it! 6th September 2013

This was one of the first geocaches I ever found. At the time, I had no concept of just how much of a pilgrimage GC43 is for geocachers all over the world. I get it now. How cool that the first ever cache in Europe is right on my doorstep! It means that our little town gets so many geo tourists every year, and of course, I get to go to lots of Meet & Greet events just up the road!

The cache itself is on the Cliff Walk in Bray, a little off the beaten track. Just a short climb to great views. I have ‘found’ the cache many times since that first day in September 2013, accompanying numerous cachers as they do the pilgrimage.

This is a must do cache for all visiting the Dublin area!

The Sugar Loaf Earthcache (GC4VXB9) by GoldCircle – Found it! 22nd June 2014

Earthcaches are my favourite cache type so they will feature a lot amongst my favourite caches. Despite living just down the road from the Sugar Loaf for most of my life, I had never gone to the top. Until I started geocaching. Now I actually enjoy hill walking, which is a whole different me.

We had glorious weather the day we went up and the walk was very busy. The last little bit of the descent is the hardest as it’s a bit of a clamber over scree, but the views and sense of satisfaction at the top are more than worth it. What more could you ask for? A geology lesson of course, kindly provided by GoldCircle 😉

Me at the top!
Me at the top!

4 thoughts on “Ireland – Leinster

  1. Ahhh Brunel’s folly.. The time I nearly died lol.
    A tip. Once you’re down there and in proximity of the tracks, stop reading your compass and start reading the instructions!!! cool cache.

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