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Hermitage

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Hidden : 07/26/2012
Difficulty:
3.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Geocache Description:

A straightforward 3 stage multicache in St. Endas Park to acquire the final cache position.
We hope it'd be suitable for children to complete the stages.
Hide is designed to be a little more challenging... Cache is log only, (no potential for trackables or trade items) so bring your own pen...you'll need it at each stage anyway!

The cache is located in St. Enda's Park in Rathfarnham, known locally as The Hermitage

Hermitage or Saint Enda's, is the former home of Patrick Pearse and later of his sister Margaret Mary Pearse.
The house, which is entirely faced with cut granite and has an imposing stone portico, was occupied in the eighteenth century by Edward Hudson, an eminent dentist. He had a passion for Irish antiquities, which he demonstrated in an unusual way by the erection of a number of romantic ruins around the estate. He built a small watch tower inside the boundary wall near the entrance gate and further along, a hermit's cave, a dolmen, a ruined abbey and beside a deep well, a tiny chamber with a stone bench and a narrow fireplace.
At the corner of the road to Whitechurch the loopholed and crenulated structure known as the Fortification, or Emmet's Fort was another of his creations.
South of the house he built a grotto surmounted by a tall stone pillar, a Brehon's Chair and a fanciful construction consisting of two great boulders, one balanced on top of the other, which has since been demolished. Just inside the boundary wall he cut an inscription in Ogham on the two faces of a large rock. Translated they read: RIDENT VICINI GLEBASETS A KH A MOVENTEM EDUARDUM HUDSON.
In the pretty glen adjoining the Whitechurch road he erected a sort of temple with several small chambers and flights of steps. The estate was at that time known as the “Fields of Oden” and is so called on maps of the period.

Within the grounds also, at the corner nearest to Whitechurch is an obelisk, stated to have been erected by a former owner, Major Doyne, over the grave of a horse that carried him through the Battle of Waterloo. The date however of Major Doyne's occupation does not support this. Unlike the constructions of Edward Hudson, which were purposely of the roughest material, this monument was of cut stone with small moulded pillars. After having been vandalized and toppled, it has since been re-erected without the pillars which were broken. Edward Hudson was succeeded by his son William Elliot Hudson, who was born here in 1796. A distinguished scholar, he was a friend of Thomas Davis and Charles Gavan Duffy and was a patron of Irish literature and art.
Shortly before his death in 1857 he endowed the R.I.A. with a fund for the publication of its Irish Dictionary and he also left the Academy Library a valuable collection of books. From 1840 to 1858 Hermitage was the home of Richard Moore, Attorney General, and in 1859 it came into the possession of Major Richard Doyne, stated to be a veteran of the Waterloo. From 1872 to 1885 it was occupied by George Campbell, merchant of 58 Sackville St., and after lying vacant for a few years it was tenanted by Major Philip Doyne of the 4th Dragoon Guards. In 1891 Colonel Frederick le Mesurier, barrister is returned as occupier and in 1899 Mr. William Woodburn.

Pearse Museum – St. Endas Park, Rathfarnham
Former school run by Patrick Pearse, now a museum in beautiful grounds.
Attractions include exhibitions, a nature study room with attractive displays on Irish flora and fauna and an audio-visual show titled "This Man Kept a School".
Access for visitors with disabilities to ground floor and Nature Study Centre.

St. Enda's Park
- One of Dublin city's most charming and atmospheric parks, with its riverside walks, waterfall and walled garden
Location: 8km approximately from Dublin City Centre
Bus Route(s): No. 16 from City Centre. Get off at the stop opposite the Park on Grange Road.
Guided Tours: Available on request - Max No: 40 - Duration: 30 minutes
Disabled access to all areas except the Halla Mór
Leaflet/Guide book: English, Irish.
Seasonal Events: Outdoor concerts during summer season.
Please check in advance using contact details listed below
Audiovisual presentation: "This Man Kept a School"
Seating: 40: - Duration: 20 minutes: Languages: English, Irish
Pearse Museum - St Enda's Park
Contact Details: - Address: St. Enda's Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.
Telephone No: +353 1 493 4208 Fax No: +353 1 493 6120
Email: brian.crowley@opw.ie
Opening Hours Please note: From the 1st of January 2012, Pearse Museum will be closed on Tuesdays
Pearse Museum: Nov - Jan: Mon &Wed - Sat 09.30 - 16.00
Feb: Mon &Wed - Sat 09.30 - 17.00
Mar - Oct: Mon &Wed - Sat 09.30 - 17.30 Sundays &Bank Holidays - opens 10.00am
The Museum closes over the Christmas Period.

St. Enda's Park:
Nov – Jan 9.00am - 4.30pm
February 9.00am - 5.30pm
March 9.00am - 6.00pm
April 9.00am - 8.00pm
May – Aug 9.00am - 9.00pm
September 9.00am - 8.00pm
October 9.00am - 6.00pm Weekends/ Bank Holidays - Park opens 10am
Park closed Christmas Day
Admission Fees: Free
Facilities Well presented Nature Study centre, self-guiding trail, toilets, car / coach park.
Restaurant/Tearooms: Cáfe open 7 days a week.
Telephone +353 (01) 493 9061 Seating capacity: 35 + 16 Outside Courtyard (+23 extra in mid-summer)

The cache is a camouflaged hide, and Ground Zero is sourced by visiting three locations, the first of which is at the path from the Grange Road end of the public car park.
Please replace exactly and do not disclose final location or details of hide in your log entries, Thanks!
Stage 1: Start at N53°17.180 W006°16.938 at the far end of the car park. 
From this position get the following information
Q1. What year did the Irish State get this park? Answer = ABCD
Q2. What year did St. Enda's School arrive at the Hermitage? Answer = ABAE
Q3. How many sets of goals can be seen from this position? Answer = F
Use these answers to find Stage 2 position : N53°1C.BD5  W006°1F.BE3

Stage 2:
Q4: How many lamps can you see at the door? Answer = G
Q5: How many panes of glass are in the semi-circular window over the door? Answer = H
Use answers to date to locate Stage 3 position: N53°1F. (H-1)A(H-G)  W006°1(H-3). E(H-3)F

Stage 3: Getting close...
Q6: How many fleur de lis symbols can you see on the nearby gate? Answer = K
Q7: How many spikes are there coming down from gate top? Answer = L
Use answers to date to locate  the cache!

N53°1(K-3).KK3  W006°1(L-3).1E(L-7)

Good luck - please leave it exactly as you find it!

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Hc gur uvyy gbjneqf gur jnyy. Punatr n yrggre vs lbh ner FGHPX!

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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