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Ireland Top 10 Challenge Mystery Cache

Hidden : 04/07/2011
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Congratulations Beefy4605 (and Jme1979) on the FTF!

The cache is hidden at the posted coordinates however you in order to log a valid find you MUST complete the Ireland Top Ten Challenge.

The challenge: Groundspeak have introduced a Favorites feature which aims to seek out the best of the best caches and tracks those that a premium member enjoyed the most with 1 point awarded for every 10 caches found. The caches that have been awarded the most points stand above the rest for various reasons, perhaps its in an area of outstanding natural beauty such as GC1W06N or near a striking national landmark; GCE388 or maybe its a cache that's part of geocaching history like GC43. In any case you can be assured that these caches are well worth the visit and perhaps will become one of your favorites too!

So what are Ireland's Top Ten Caches?

The current top ten can be found as follows:
1. From the homepage click Hide & Seek A Cache
2. Search by Country: and select Ireland from the drop down list and click GO
3. On the next page click Search for Geocaches
4. Now click the blue ribbon filter ()along the top of the header column.
Alternatively this link should perform the above steps for you (Available to Premium Members only)

Sin é (That's it!). The top ten caches will be displayed in descending order.

At the time you decide to accept the challenge you must do the following:
1. Post a note on the cache page listing the top ten caches in Ireland for that day, this is your "challenge list"
2. Find and log those caches (the easy part!)
3. When you have found all ten post a note or bookmark list showing your completed list
4. Find the final (alternatively find all ten and the final and include your challenge list in the final cache log)

Questions & Answers
All questions are answered on a Geocaching Ireland forum thread here, any other questions please contact me through my profile and they will be promptly answered and included!

Description of Cache Location
Holy Island (Inis Cealtra) is situated at the mouth of Scarriff Bay on Lough Derg. It is one of the most renound monastic sites in Ireland and includes a well preserved Round Tower and the remains of several churches which have survived in excellent condition owing to their secluded location. The island is associated with St. Caimin who died in 653. Detailed information on the various sites on the island is available here (page 1) and a map is available here (page 2). This Information was kindly provided by Local Historian, Author and Boatman Gerard Madden who also rented me a boat to travel to the island to place the cache!

Getting to Holy Island
Boat rental is available at the Harbour in Mount Shannon and costs about €25 for two hours. Island transfers and guided tours are available from the Holy Island Pier (See coordinates below, €10, Group Rates also apply and well worth the money to spend a few hours on the island with a picnic or just relaxing in the solidtude!). Alternatively it is entirely possible to canoe/kayak to the island.

Please be aware that the entire Lough Derg Region is infested with zebra mussels which poses a threat to other lakes and waterways in Ireland so please consult local information boards and this website Please take all precautions when near open water as appropriate especially when children are involved, lifejackets etc are a MUST.

While this cache is open to be found at any time the general idea is that you find all ten favourites and then the final. If you have the opportunity to visit the final location before a completing the list you are welcome to post this as a note on the cache page but only a log in the logbook dated on or after the date on which you completed the challenge will get the smiley...Ineligible online logs will be deleted/amended

All credit for this idea has to go to The Podcacher who linked me to Gredgeman & Tagalong Lynn whose original idea for a Top Ten Challenge this cache is based on

Note That the Terrain Rating for this cache was judged on the basis of the actual final locations rating combined with the terain of the caches required for the challenge. The terrain of the final location is genuinely 3-4 as water must be crossed and there is a 10 min walk over uneven ground but an extra star and a bit is added owing to the various terrains that the top ten caches may present free counters

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gb ybt vg lbh zhfg svaq vg, gb svaq vg lbh zhfg ybt vg!

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)