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?
Potatoes were made illegal in France for 24 years ! The French became convinced that the South American vegetable could cause a whole host of diseases, including leprosy, so in 1748, the cultivation and consumption of potatoes was strictly outlawed. It wasn’t until an imprisoned medical army officer named Antoine Auguste Parmentier survived in his prison cell subsisting solely on a diet of potatoes that acceptance of the food began to shift. After being released from prison, Parmentier went on to write a thesis about its health benefits, helping to overturn the law and re-introduce the potato to the French public in 1772. Within 20 years, potatoes became one of the most popular, and indeed, important foods in France. Even the ornamental royal gardens in Tuileres Palace in Paris - originally filled with flowers and exotic plants - were converted into potato fields.




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