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A short walk from the Slate Quarry/Grotto on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
This is my first geocache and a relatively easy one at that. Valentia Island is one of Europe's westernmost inhabited locations, lying off the southwest coast of Co. Kerry. You can reach it from the mainland by ferry from Reenard (only during the summer months) or by bridge along the R565 from Portmagee.
Valentia slate is world renowned and has been used in several landmark buildings around the world, including the roof of the Houses of Parliament in London. The quarry was first opened in 1816 and run by different companies for almost 100 years until a rock fall closed the mine in 1911. The quarry was eventually re-opened by three local business men in 1998 under the title of Valentia Slate Ltd.
The Grotto is at the entrance to the quarry and features statues of St. Brigid and the Virgin Mary. It was opened in 1954 to mark the Marian Year.
The cache is named after Mogh Roith ("Servant of the Wheel"), a druid who lived on the island in ancient times. He could grow to enormous size and cause storms with his breath, sending ships to their watery graves. Nice fella!
To find the cache, take a short walk up a worn track to the left of the car park - just follow the signs for the Quarry/Grotto to get there. The views across to Beginish Island and the Dingle Peninsula (on a clear day) are well worth the trip.
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