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Easy small cache in Dalkey. Bring your own pencil.
Harry Latham (1922-2003) was a well respected and admired local historian. He wrote several books
and many articles for the local newsletter on local history. He is probably most fondly remembered
for his guided walks around the area, which inspired interest in all ages through his attention to
the details in the landscape and buildings that helped bring the history to life. Near to the cache
site is a bench erected to his memory.
The cache site itself is at Archibold's Castle near where many of Harry's walks began. The castle
dates from probably the 15th century, and is one of 6 castles that were built in Dalkey (and a 7th
at Bulloch Harbour) that were built around this time. It may seem strage to find so many fortified
buildings in a town, and here is an explanation from 'A walk in Dalkey with Harry Latham':
In the 12th and 13th centuries the Norman and English who had established a foothold in Ireland, found
they could not negotiate the mouth of the River Liffey, because of the dangerous sandbar, the crosswinds,
and the dangerous water currents of the Donnybrook River at the mouth of the River Liffey. They
had to find an alternative safe haven anchorage, and the best one they could find was the water
between Dalkey Island and the mainland. They anchored their ships there and dropped off their
cargoes and passengers into little shell-shaped boats and landed onthe coast just half a mile away.
Man of the passengers and much of the cargo from these sailing ships anchored in St. Begnet's Sea
were landed here on the coast and brought up to this flat plateau which we now call Dalkey
Those goods were stored in these 'castles' before transport to Dublin.
The only other surviving castle in the town is 'Goat Castle' named after the goats on the coat
of arms of the Cheevers famliy which still flies on the Castle which now houses Dalkey Heritage Center.
The castle is now closed to the public, but peeking through the windows you can see that it is reasonably good condition and the stairway to the upper floors is visible through the grated door.
The cache itself is a small/micro container and has been placed with the kind permission of the Office of Public Works. Please place it back so that it is hidden, but also so that it can be obtained without, as one cacher put it, "a pianists long fingers"!
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