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Sunday, 9 November 2014


The Vikings founded Dublin in the year 988AD.  They ruled Dublin for almost three centuries developing it into one of the most important trading cities in the Nordic world.

Dublin was originally named "Dubh Linn," which means "black pool.”

Dublin Castle (see below), which became the center of Norman power in Ireland, was founded in 1204 as a major defensive work on the orders of King John of England.

Dublin had a population of 21,000 in 1640 before a plague in 1649–51 wiped out almost half of the city's inhabitants. However, the city prospered again soon after as a result of the wool and linen trade with England, reaching a population of over 50,000 in 1700.

In 1759  Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease at £45 per annum to the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin and began brewing Guinness.

The word “quiz” was supposedly invented in 1780 by a Dublin theatre manager who had a bet that he could introduce a word of no meaning into the language within 24 hours.

The most damaging storm in 300 years swept across Ireland on January 6, 1839. 100-knot winds damaged or destroyed more than 20% of the houses in Dublin.

Dublin's Abbey Theatre, converted from a former morgue, was the gift of an English admirer of W. B. Yeats, Annie Horniman in 1904.

In 1918 Constance Markievicz became the first woman elected to parliament winning a Dublin seat but was unable to accept as she was in prison.

The Luftwaffe bombed north Dublin on May 31, 1941 despite Ireland being neutral during the Second World War. Twenty-eight people were killed.

Dublin is home to Ireland's largest stadium, Croke Park. It can hold up to 85,000 people.

Dublin is also home to The National Leprechaun Museum, a museum dedicated to leprechauns which has operated on 1 Jervis Street since March 10, 2010.

The National Leprechaun Museum, Dublin. By YvonneM - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia Commons

Phoenix Park in Dublin is the largest urban park in Europe covering an area of 1752 acres.

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