Europe’s First

22 07 2012

On 2000-06-03 Chris O’Byrne placed a cache just outside Bray, Ireland called Europe’s First. This was just eight days after Kevin Andersson placed Geocache by Kevin Anderson (Wellington) on New Zealand’s North Island even though it was later given the designation GC46 and Chris’s became GC43.

These two caches have now been the earliest caches that I have found of the ones still active.

My partner had talked about a holiday in Ireland for some time so it wasn’t too difficult to say yes. I have visited Dublin several times in the past but before I started geocaching. We spent two days sightseeing in Dublin before we headed off to Cork via Bray.

It was a warm sunny day, which is not all too common for the Emerald Isle, so it was a pleasant walk out along the headland from the car park at the south east end of Bray to the cache. The path was well populated by walkers and runners alike. The views were amazing and being an engineer I found the railway perched at the edge of the cliffs fascinating.

View towards Bray

Locating the cache was not difficult, we just followed the track right up to it through the waste high bracken. It was a different story when Hallén visited the place in April last year. All was black after a fire.

You can guess where the cache is.

Of course a photo had to be taken to show the moment the cache was in my hand. It was interesting to look through the logbooks in the cache although it was a shame, but hardly surprising, that the original log book was not there.

ds8300 with “Europe’s First” in hand.

I wanted to visit Brunel’s Folly as this had a D1/T4.5 combination that I need but when we got to the path down, my partner said no way are you going down there! With the shoes I was wearing I had to agree with her. It could have been a rapid descent into the sea. At least I got some good photos!

Brunel’s Folly is the name of the stretch of railway where the cliffs crumbled. Just behind my back is a tunnel that was never used due to the collapse.

The tunnel opening that is Brunel’s Folly and the suggested “path” down to the cache!

We made do with finding another three caches closeby including a letterbox/hybrid, The Old Eagle’s Nest which was fun as it was located at the top of a steep flight of steps and then a further 100 meters or so on a compass bearing from there. It was located at the remains of a chairlift that had been in operation from the 1950 until 1970.

Remains of the chairlift

From there we drove on to Cork only stopping a couple of times on the way to pick up a couple of easy caches.




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