Landing in Dublin was like this:
So from the moment I realised why the city was named dark black pool. Namely, the name Dublin comes from the Gaelic word Dublind, meaning “black, dark”, and lind meaning “pool”, referring to a dark tidal pool where the River Poddle entered the Liffey on the site of the castle gardens at the rear of Dublin Castle builded by Vikings and later expanded by Normans.
Dublin started as a Viking settlement in the 9th century until the Norman invasion of Ireland was launched from Wales in 12 century. Around this time the Dublin was established and the city became incorporated into the English Crown.
From this time is the most popular battle of irish history: the battle of Clontarf, from 11 century. It is a major part of the irish folklore but in the same time the less understood. It was the battle between (gaelic) high king of Ireland and the Vikings led outside the city walls.
Inside the city walls was the city itself: The Dublin castle. It was until 1922 the seat of the United Kingdom government’s administration in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex.
The river Liffey divides the city into north-south division. Traditionally, The Northside was generally seen as working class, while the Southside was seen as middle to upper-middle class.
The traditional north-south division has come to its peak in early 20 century with the Irish Easter Rising movement when the hungry working class demanded equal rights, following the proclaim of the Republic of Ireland in 1922 from the british rule.
The Irish Potato Famine or the Great Hunger was a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. The best description of it is this touching memorial showing barefoot and hungry people walking around.
Just next to it stands proudly anchored Jeanie Johnston ship. A ship that has transport thousands of Irish to North America carrying over 2,500 people who crossed the Atlantic in tall ships, seeking survival and hope in the ‘new world.’ Through to its 16 journeys, the ship has not lost a single life of person on its way to New York.
The ship is now a museum:
Interesting, for the first time in the history, Ireland is immigrating more than emigrating since the lack of the workforce. Many of my friends mostly from Croatia have gone to Ireland looking for a job.
The hunger and poverty and shortages of main food product – the potatoes, and increasing dissatisfaction with the British dominance have led to the Easter Rising in 1916.
The Easter Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in the First World War. The headquarters of the Irish rebellions was at General Post office (GPO) nowadays a museum.
Ironically it is one of the most beautiful Georgian architecture style buildings from the period of the blooming development of the city of Dublin (from 1714 – the beginning of the reign of King George I of Great Britain and of Ireland to the death in 1830 of King George IV).
The other beautiful georgian-style buildings are The Trinity College – established to propagate new Tudors Protestant religion, the Parliament etc.
How much the British are unloved by Irish and how Irish are pranksters and merrymakers is seen the best in the following photo:
When the last king George (IV) died, the court in London has declared mourning and painting the front door in black. Well, the colorful Irish doors of Dublin are truly marking the end of Georgian era in its own way.
Furthermore, the poets!
Ireland is very proud on its three Nobel prize winners: James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde. Apparently O. Wilde was a true dandy of its time and a bit wanna-be-scholar. 😛 When he arrived to New York, the custom officer asked him if he has something to declare. O. Wilde responded: ‘I have nothing to declare except my genius.’ -_-
The colourful, joyful pubs with live traditional music and instruments, the food…The most famous one is The Temple bar. A bit expensive but great beer and great irish coffee! 😀
The whiskey tasting in the Irish Whiskey Museum.
The origin of the name is coming from the old celtic uisce beata which means aqua vitae in latin. But when the English men arrived they read it wrong pronuncing the word uisce as whiskey. So the beverage got its name.
At the end of my WE escape, I arrived back to my flat in Brussels, bringing souvenirs like the scarf made of irish sheep’s wool, whiskey, clover fridge magnet…