Galway to Dublin

30 07 2012

Our last day of sightseeing in Ireland took us on an indirect route from Galway to Dublin to try to pick up the approximately ten caches that were on the route. The lack of caches in central Ireland is quite amazing. I have no idea what it can depend on. The first stop on the way was in Castleblakeny where we found an ammo box cache in the front garden of the owner. We were only the second finders of the cache Pop-in for Coffee this year!

We found a cache in the front garden. The only one for over 30km in any direction!

Our next stop was in Athlone, at Emergency Services which was a really boring spot. It was only when looking at the coordinates that it made some kind of sense. (N53° 24.999 W7° 57.999)

One of the reasons for stopping at various caches enroute was with the aim of “bagging” as many counties as possible on our journey. This gave a find for the county of Roscommon.

Our next stops were in Longford where we found 50% of all the caches in the county. (There are four!) At Newcastle Wood – Ballymahon I did some exchanges of TB’s and geocoins before we moved on. On a dry day and with more time to spare a walk in the woods would have been pleasant.

High water in the Inny River close to Newcastle Woods

The second Longford cache was just a number. N55 Longford Dash. The third of the four caches in Longford was on the Royal Canal. It entailed a walk of a couple of kilometers along the bank of the canal to a bridge over the cacnal that seemingly had no purpose, but unfortunately after all the rain it wasn’t suitable for my best shoes. Wellies would have been better. At least it was interesting to see the aquaduct over the Inny River.

Aquaduct to allow the Royal Canal to cross the Inny River at Abbeysruhle.

Another lonely cache was found in Mullingar. Goodbye Tiger, Hello White Elephant!
was the apt name for an industrial park that didn’t get off the ground.

As mentioned the cache density is rather low in this part of the country so we had to drive another 25km before reaching the little village of Clonard. There is virtually nothing there, but the cache highlights some of the history of the place and took us to a monastary that was invisible from the road. Saints, Scholars, Normans – Baileys?

The abandonded St. Finian’s Monastery at Clonard.

Overgrown headstones in the graveyard at St. Finian’s Monastery.

So summarising the trip to Ireland, I can say that the main goal of finding Europe’s First cache was achieved. Sightseeing then took second place on the agenda so it was a bonus to find a further 26 caches in 12 of Irelands counties. The highlight from the sightseeing part of the holiday was The Book of Kells in the library of Trinity College in Dublin. Fascinating.

Perhaps sometime in the future, hopefully in better weather I can return to Ireland and tick off the rest of the counties.

We didn’t quite make Ireland “green”




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