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?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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