Day 2 – Caches

Here are the caches that we found on Day 2 of our County Challenge mental weekend. A total of 17 finds of 18 attempts in 10 counties.

Traditional GC1C55G – have a seat in kill
County Kildare
Found A very quick find, great cache in good condition in a surprisingly lovely spot. Great start to today’s adventures.

Traditional GC2404Z – Sidetracked – Roscrea
County Tipperary
Found Roscrea railway station serves the town of Roscrea in County Tipperary, Ireland. The station opened on 19 October 1857. We parked right next to it and found it very easily – hidden in full sight.

Traditional GC1XV20 – Aoife’s Dowry
County Laois
Found WOW! Why is this not in every guide book on Ireland? The history and the size of this place is fabulous!

Located in the beautiful midlands at the Rock of Dunamase. On a good day you can see miles in every direction. Dunamase Castle was founded in the late 12th century on the site of an earlier 9th century dun or fort. It passed into Anglo Norman possession on the marraige of Aoife, daughter of Dermot MacMurrough, to Strongbow. The Marshal family held it in the first half of the 13th century, then it passed to the Mortimers who held it into the 14th. It then passed back into the Irish O’Moores and fell into disuse shortly thereafter. The castle was destroyed during the Cromwellian period and was partially restored at the end of the 18th century.

The castle is approached through the outer barbican surrounded by rock-cut ditches. The arched outer gate leads into the inner barbican. Above this are the main gatehouse and the curtain wall, which surrounded the crown of the hill. The curtain incorporates an early gatetower and a postern gate on the west side. The top of the hill is dominated by a massive hall.

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Traditional GC26KH3 – Cranky Crane
County Limerick
Found In the not so distant past, this now lonely relic allowed the inhabitants of Limerick get their hands on fresh barrels of beer from the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. The cache was located quickly and we were off to the next stop.

Traditional GC1WH6T – Bunratty Winery
County Clare
Found The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Today, the castle stands peacefully in delightful grounds. The houses and cottages of the folk park spread out at the foot of its massive walls, much in the way that the cottages and crofts of old would have clustered around its base.

A nice sized cache which held a couple of coins.

Traditional GC1CB55 – Adare
County Limerick
Found The name Adare comes from the Irish for Ford by the Oak. Today there was a fair on so the town was choc-full of people. Still, we got hold of the cache – might come back for a visit in the future.

Traditional GCT5ZP – Peacocks and Mineral Water
County Limerick
FoundNewcastle West is a medieval town, which was occupied by the Knights Templar. Desmond Hall, situated in The Square, is the focal point of the town. The Capital town of Co. Limerick, Newcastle West is at the very heart of the territory of the Earls of Desmond, the Norman Fitzgerald family who founded the town in the 13th Century. It is now known as the home of Ballygowan mineral water.

The cache itself was easy to find, and it appears that the water is indeed good – the shallow river was teaming with fish.

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Traditional GC20CWT – How Far Can You See?
County Kerry
Found The answer is – a long way indeed! Since we were on a mission today we couldn’t stop at the caves, maybe next time.

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Traditional GC1G3HW – Cork Space Centre
County Cork
Found Although we found this cache, I honestly cannot say that I’ve seen the Space Centre – somehow we managed to find the cache without it!

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Traditional GC1NWBA – Stopped In Their Tracks
County Waterford
Not Found Our only DNF for the day was at this disused railway bridge. The views were nice.

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Traditional GC1VZ8Q – Geology of the South East VII – Around the Bend
County Waterford
Found For over 150 years Geologists and Geographers have been puzzled by the fact that the Munster Backwater makes a 90 degree turn at Cappoquin to flow South to Youghal Harbour instead of continuing in its more natural Easterly direction to reach Dungarvan Harbour. We didn’t have the time to solve that puzzle, but we did find the cache so now we could continue on to the next county.

Traditional GC1M5Y2 – Master McGrath
County Waterford
Found Master McGrath was one of the most famous greyhounds ever known and a sporting legend in 19th century Ireland and the UK.

In 1868 he became the first Irish greyhound to win the Waterloo Cup. After his third victory of this famed race he was granted an audience with Queen Victoria. Poems and ballads have been composed in his honour also.

We didn’t get to meet him, but we did find the cache.

Traditional GC1E608 – Golden Harvest
County Waterford
Found Golden Harvest by Colm Brennan was the winner of an open competition for a piece of public art to be placed at the new Kilmacthomas Bypass. It consists of 42 stalks of grain in bronze and copper coated stainless steel. It is 6 metres high and was installed in November 2002.

Virtual GCG3BC – Dunbrody Virtual
County Waterford
Found A quick virtual while we’re in the area? Even though it can’t be counted towards our challenge, why not?

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Traditional GC1NRJH – Templeludigan
County Wexford
Found Wexford was proving to be difficult if we wanted to make good time. This one seemed to tick all the boxes but was taking a while to find, step back and breathe and oh there it is!

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Traditional GC2A9G3 – Madonna and Child
County Wexford
Found A quick grotto cache as we leave Wexford.

Traditional GC1NKXQ – Bagenalstown
County Carlow
Found Carlow seems to be quite bare of caches, so it was a good thing that this one was here!

Bagenalstown, otherwise known as Muine Bheag, is sited on a pleasant stretch of the River Barrow and derives it’s name from Walter Bagenal, who founded the town in the 18th century.

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Puzzle GC1NVD8 – Ireland County Challenge
County ???
Found I won’t reveal the final county – that would be cheating! This one was done in pitch darkness but found rather quickly. From the sounds and the lookout signs it is most likely a beautiful part of the country – hope to get back here and have a better look.