Dublin – Europe’s most Westerly Capital

The last city in Europe that you will hit, the next one being in the Americas, is the picturesque and fair city of Dublin. As the capital of the Irish Republic you can guarantee that this is a place alive with culture, history and experiences. Many of these are organised by the premier events agency Dublin based http://davisevents.ie/. Let’s take a look at this amazing place.

As with many other cities it gets became a settlement by being a place near water. The river Liffey and the Poddle stream converged there just outside the still standing Castle. Something else converging are the 4 main routes around the country and also, it’s closeness to the port of Dun Laoghaire. The combination of a water resource and an infrastructure generally leads to a place becoming a capital and this is the case again. The City is a Viking town although it still carries it’s Gaelic name meaning blackpool and town of the 4 hurdles (remember the water and routes?) The Vikings liked it so when they invaded they thought it would be a nice idea to set up a permanent residence and the locals were too scared to tell them no. Due to it’s location the city became the Vikings premier trading post servicing Iceland all the way to Constantinople. The High King of Ireland Brian Boru had had enough of this and tried to oust them. He was successful for a while before being several killed at the battle of Clontarf. After this the Vikings gave up on Thor and Odin and decided the Christian God was more where they wanted to go and so they stopped attacking Monks and started asking them for salvation instead.

By the time the Normans had come to the British IslesKing MacMurrough was pleased as he was able to ask them to come and help him get rid of his enemies. They went back home and told Henry 2nd what a nice place it was so he decided to come back with a massive army and help deposed the King he’d agreed to put there in the first place. He was only able to capture the area around Dublin which was named the Pale. Yes, that’s right when you say something is so bad it’s “beyond the pale” your using an ancient insult to the Irish. Never a fan of the English Robert the Bruce took umbrage with the place and decided to attack it in an attempt to capture the place. He failed but history records he did succeed in cause masses of damage. It wasn’t until the Tudors that whole of Ireland was finally captured and Dublin made the capital.  There is so much more to tell about this city, but space doesn’t allow us anymore. It’s still a great place to visit though.

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