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48.jpg (55971 byte) The earliest accounts of Dublin go back to A.D. 140 when the geographer Ptolemy, who called it Eblana, mentioned it as a place of note.


The name Dublin is derived from the Irish Dubhlinn (Dark Pool), and is more recent than the Irish form in current use Baile Atha Cliath (the town of the Hurdle Ford). Father Mathew Bridge now spans the Liffey at the site of the ancient ford of the hurdles. In 1169, English power began to assert itself in Ireland. Wars followed during the centuries, "England never wholly victorious nor Ireland thoroughly subdued".

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In 1783, England conceded a short-lived autonomy to the Irish parliament, which ended with the act of Union in 1800. More then a century later, the Rising of 1916 took place in Dublin during Easter week. Dublin was again a storm centre in the tragic Civil war which followed the setting up of the Irish Free State in 1922.