Dublin

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The name of Ireland's capital derives from the Old Irish 'Dubh Linn' (pronounced Doov Lin), meaning a Dark Pool. The dark pool continued to exist for a long time beside Dublin Castle. The Vikings, who first turned the old trading post into a town, called the place Dyflin. At the time of Saint Patrick, Dubh Linn lay on the borderlands between tribal territories, and though the character of Fergus, in the 'Dubh Linn' chapter which begins Rutherfurd's Irish saga, is fictional, the area in early medieval times was ruled by a family known as the descendants of Fergus.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Hard to believe, but this month of April is the 50th anniversary of the 'official' break-up of the Beatles. This author was a very timid young student at Cambridge then. But the far more worldly and talented guy who had the room across the corridor from me had a lovely girlfriend who worked for John Lennon; and one day they scooped me up and took me to Lennon's house at Ascot. The white house with the white piano. Lennon himself wasn't there, but all the same . . . Fifty years later, that day is still so vivid




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