Update: July 2011: The original nano disappeared. As I'm not putting out nanos anymore this is now a micro, but has to be a multi for reasons of the hiding place. Rather than switching the old traditional to a multi, for stats reasons this is now a new cache.
Another Update: Nov 2013: The hiding place was cut down. Now there is a new, and hopefully MUCH more secure hidey-hole!
I'm not a religious person but I find churches fascinating. All other buildings are liable to be changed, demolished or ruined, but churches in general can survive basically unchanged for hundreds of years.
St. Pius X, Templeogue
St Pius X Church opened on the 27 November 1960. At that time it was part of Terenure Parish. In 1964, it became a separate parish and its two schools opened in 1965. Today Templeogue Parish is a vibrant Catholic Community.
St Pius X
Giuseppe Melchore Sarto was born of humble parents on June 2, 1835, in the small village of Riese near Venice. His father, a village official, and his mother raised Giuseppe in a loving Christian home. It was this home situation which prompted Giuseppe, after his college days in Castelfranco,to enter the seminary in Padua. Giuseppe Sarto was ordained at the age of 23 on September 18, 1858. His first assignment was as curate in the city of Trombolo. After nine years he was transferred to Salzano as pastor, a position he held for eight years. Due to his pastoral and administrative abilities, his bishop named him spiritual director of the diocesan major seminary and chancellor of the archdiocese, a position he held from November, 1875, until his elevation to the episcopacy of Mantua in 1884.
After nine years as bishop he was transferred to Venice as the city's patriarch and cardinal. Giuseppe Cardinal Sarto won the hearts of the Venetians through his humble spirit of poverty and his love for the Church, especially in the areas of education, Catholic action and liturgy. After the death of Leo XIII the conclave of 1903 elected Cardinal Sarto pope despite his own hesitancy to accept the office of Vicar of Christ. The new pope assumed the name Pius X. As Supreme Pontiff, Pius took as his motto the passage from Paul, "To restore all things in Christ, that Christ might be all and in all" (I Cor. 15:28), a goal which was particularly important during that period of the Church's emergence into the modern world. He died on August 20, 1914, at the age of 79. He was canonized St. Pius X on May 29, 1954. The universal Church celebrates his holy life and example on August 21. He was the first pope in modern times to be canonized.
The launch of this series coincides with the Golden Jubilee (50 years) of St. Pius X Church in Templeogue. In-fact the original cache was placed on the same day as the opening of the jubilee celebrations so is a fitting 'cache 1' in the series. Mary McAleese attended the Mass organized that evening. In July 2011, the original disappeared so this is now a multi-micro located a short walk from the church.
Free roadside parking is available at the cache site.
To find the cache - The co-ordinates should bring you to a point near the church gates. Look through the gates and in front of the church, count the number of LARGE CONCRETE BOWL-LIKE STRUCTURES ON RED BRICK PEDESTALS, IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH. Let this number equal A.
The cache is at: N53º 18.(A+1)(A+3)(A+7), W006º 18.(A+1)(A+6)(A+6). Please be careful at the final location due to overlooking houses and cars.
I want to place a Church Micro cache too
The Church Micro IE series is open to everyone; if you have a church you would like to place a cache at then please contact THE_Chris through Geocaching.com. This is to keep track of the numbers of the churches and give you the general format for the cache page. In the UK there are thousands of caches in the series so we have some catching up to do! Also, if you currently have a published cache at a church that you would like to include in the series, get in contact and we can add it.