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TRAVEL | Ireland

The city lights up at night: a view of the Hapenny Bridge over the River Liffey

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Discovering Dublin
Machen Sie mit TOBY SKINGSLEY einen Spaziergang durch die irische Hauptstadt und entdecken Sie neben ungewhnlichen Orten viele historische und moderne Wahrzeichen.

ight has fallen on Dublin, but the city is still buzzing. The lanes south of the River Liey are alive with laughter, and Irish melodies pour out of colourful pubs on to the streets, so welcoming that Id stop to listen if I didnt have a hotel to nd. Dubliners may know how to have a good time, but their citys history has been no partying matter. Its past has been dominated by invaders. The Vikings are said to have created the rst permanent settlement here in the ninth century at the dark tidal pool where the River Poddle and River Liey met. It was called dubh linn, Irish for black pool. The Vikings remained until the Norman invasion of Ireland, which began in 1169. In 1171, King Henry II arrived in Dublin to establish English rule. By the 17th century, Britain had complete control of Ireland. The British disliked Dublins medieval layout and built broad streets, big squares and ne Georgian homes. By the 18th century, Dublin was the second-largest city in the British Empire and very rich. But with few rights under the Protestant British, most Catholics lived in poverty.

Dublins status suered greatly in 1801, when Britain closed the Irish parliament and governed the land from London. Increased poverty, awful living conditions and growing bitterness led to rebellion in the city, including the 1916 Easter Rising. This failed, but after further ghting, 26 counties of Ireland achieved independence in 1922, forming todays republic. This past has undoubtedly shaped the citys present. Today, Dublin is lled with beautiful architecture, from churches founded by the Vikings to the grand buildings of the British. History, combined with Irelands love of language, is reected in its literary heritage and a music scene admired by people around the world. Visitors cant miss the citys welcoming pubs and warm, friendly people who always seem ready for a chat.
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