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?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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