Castle Rock Traditional Geocache
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PLEASE DO NOT PLACE TBS OR ITEMS OF SIZE INTO THIS CONTAINER AS THEY HAVE CAUSED BREAKAGES SEVERAL TIMES IN THE PAST!
PLEASE ALSO KEEP WRITTEN LOGS AS BRIEF AS POSSIBLE!
***CURRENTLY IRELAND'S MOST VISITED PHYSICAL CACHE***
The Castle Gardens (or more precisely under these Castle gardens), where this cache is located is the actual site of the "Dubh Linn" or Dark/Black Pool which is the basis of the current Anglicised version of the city name, Dublin! The Gaelic name, Baile Atha Cliath, which can be seen all around the city is not a direct translation as it refers to another site, a crossing of a shallow section of the river Liffey not too far away.
Evidence of Viking burials and also pre-Christian remains have been unearthed here and there is significant reason to believe that human habitation may have taken place here up to 3,000 years ago!
Historic Dublin Castle features the 18th century State Apartments, the Undercroft with its unique 10th century Viking defence bank, a restaurant, craft shop and ancient Chapel which are open to the public.
It was from Dublin Castle that Red Hugh O’Donnell escaped in 1591 with Art (O’Neill) and they undertook a gruelling winter journey into the Wicklow mountains on foot. While awaiting help from friendly forces, Art who had been injured in the jump from the castle wall died in the frozen mountain conditions. (Arts Cache, GCP0GB, is placed at a commemorative Cross erected in honour of his struggle).
Hugh suffered frostbite and lost 2 of his toes but was saved when help arrived. He went back to his native Donegal and became one of Ireland’s most colourful and influential figures in Ireland's long struggle against crown forces.
There are ancient tunnels under the city which can be traced back to the major sites like this one. It is rumoured that there is even a wide passageway which travels from Dublin Castle all the way to the centre of the Phoenix Park which is several miles west of here. It is interesting to note the "official" silence on such matters when discussion takes place about creating an underground Metro system for a city that has badly needed one for the last 30 years.
Chester Beatty Library
Sir Alfred Chester Beatty: American mining engineer, financier, philanthropist and collector, bequeathed his unique and amazing collection for the benefit of the public. He retired to Ireland in 1950 and spent much time in Dublin until his death in 1968. The library became a public charitable trust in 1969.
The Library opens a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. It’s collection of manuscripts, prints, icons, miniature paintings, early printed books and object d’art from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe offers visitors a visual feast—all the result of the collecting activities of one man.
Egyptian papyrus texts, beautiful illuminated copies of the Qur’an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights of the collection. Turkish and Persian miniatures and striking Buddhist paintings are also on display, as are Chinese dragon robes and Japanese woodblock prints. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700BC to the present day.
The main exhibition galleries are situated in a modern addition to the Clock Tower Building at Dublin Castle, to which the Library moved in November 1999.
Opening times: Jan-Dec. 10.00-16.45 Mon-Fri and 14.00-16.45 Sat, Sun and Bank Hols.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF ANY CHANGES TO THIS CACHE IN THE LOGS BELOW! IT BELONGS UNDER THE EVERGREEN TREE CLOSE TO THE RAILING AND THANK YOU FOR **NOT** MOVING IT OR ITS "PROTECTION" FROM THERE!!!
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