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Caches No’s 4561 to 4574 – GC43 Europe’s First

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Caches No’s 4561 to 4574 – GC43 Europe’s First

When we were at the event in Wales it came up that there was the possibility of a trip to Dublin at a particularly cheap ferry price of £1 each way, so Jen and I decided we would go as Dublin has some caches and is very near a very historical cache, GC43 Europe’s First geocache.
Now I have my reservations about this, as the original cache went missing, was archived and then 15 months later was reinstated by a different CO, in a different container and about 50 yards away from it’s original location… to me that is not the same cache, but it is on the record as being the oldest cache in Europe so is a mecca for cachers from all over the continent

14th September 2018 – Come Say Howdy GC7TE1R – cache #4561
On the trip were Naturesbyte, Ann@Birdbrook, Ecobake, Lostnwet and Jen from the Wright girls as well as myself. We had come over from Holyhead on the ferry, gone to our hotel then come back into Dublin and out to Dundrum on the Luas as we saw this event was fortuitously taking place while we were there
I was a bit taken aback by the posted prices of the Guinness until I realised they were in Euros not Pounds !

14th September 2018 – Sidetracked – Balally LUAS GC1KGBD – cache #4562
We found this cache after attending the event in the Brickyard… signed as ‘9US + a few’ as the Welsh contingent are part of a group known as the ‘9 Usual Suspects’

15th September 2018 – Europe’s First GC43 – cache #4563
So on the Saturday afternoon Jen and I took the train from Dublin along the a few miles along coast to visit Bray for the cache.
The cache is along the coast path and used to be in the ruins of an old lodge, but now is up the hill a bit
We took the wrong path from the ruins and had to scramble over the wall to get to the right location. Nice views from the GZ on a sunny afternoon

15th September 2018 – 04 Cliff Walk Series – Lord Meathís Lodge GC7D5TN – cache #4564
An earth cache that we found while visiting GC43 (every log for the cache  says that !)

15th September 2018 – 03 Cliff Walk Series – Last Stop GC5AEE4N – cache #4565
Is it a bus stop ? or just a shelter to watch the view from ?… the cache didn’t have me fooled for long (and unlike obviously loads of cachers we didn’t go tound the back to find it), nice hide though

15th September 2018 – 02 Cliff Walk – Bray Head Rocks GC5D1BP – cache #4566
Another earthcache set at a rocky outcrop on the coastal path

15th September 2018 – 01 Cliff Walk – Along the Green Walk ~ Redux ~ GC635N) – cache #4567
We were looking up in the bushes at the wrong side of the path until we read the hint, then we found it easily !

15th September 2018 – Winged Wonders: Irish Coast GC6DB6Y – cache #4568
A multi cache that had us looking first at the noticeboard that listed the local birds you might see on the coast here, then we wondered up the path up the hill to find the cache

15th September 2018 – #4 – A History of Bray: The Bray Head Inn GC507RH – cache #4569
It’s a bit sad to see the hotel so dilapidated, it is obvioulsy a big hotel that was popular in the past but cheap foreign travel means that holidays not in the sun are not popular anymore

15th September 2018 – SideTracked – Connolly GC7A6Z9 – cache #4570
After we’d been to Bray, we got back to Connolly station and went to look for this cache.
From the hint we knew where to find it, though it needed the feminine touch to finally locate it

15th September 2018 – The Fossil Hotel GC5VBCH – cache #4571
We then decided that as it was a nice evening we would wonder around the city centre and find some more caches, this was another earthcache set around the fossils in the rock slabs decorating a hotel

15th September 2018 – Art Deco Dublin: The Gas Co. GC1G2TX – cache #4572
As several previous finders had said in their logs it was easier to see the cache when you stood back from the feature

15th September 2018 – The Waxies Dargle GC4JCC2 – cache #4573
A curious name for a cache that is just a magnetic container stuck on the back of some railings –  apparently the name refers to an Irish folk song about drinking – no surprise there !

15th September 2018 – Stiffy By The Liffey GCE388 – cache #4574
A virtual cache at The Spire, a huge erection in the middle of O’Connell Street, You had to take a picture of yourself doing the appropriate sigil
Curiously enough I can only do the sign with my left hand, the fingers of my right just will not bend correctly

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