Dublin Started As A Viking Trading Settlement In The Middle Of The Tenth Century Location Was The Key As It Commanded The Shortest Crossing To A Major Port In Britain By The Time The Normans Arrived In Ireland In The Twelfth Century, This Was Crucial Dublin Maintained The Best Communications Between The English Crown And Its New Lordship In IrelandThe City First Developed On The Rising Ground South Of The River Where Christ Church Now Is And The English Established Their Principal Citadel, Dublin Castle, In This Area Throughout The Medieval And Early Modern Periods, The City S Importance Was Entirely Ecclesiastical And Strategic It Was Not A Centre Of Learning, Or Fashion Or CommerceThe Foundation Of Trinity College In Was A Landmark Event But The City Did Not Really Develop Until The Long Peace Of The Eighteenth Century Then The Series Of Fine, Wide Georgian Streets And Noble Public Buildings That Are Dublin S Greatest Boast Were Built A Semi Autonomous Parliament Of The Anglo Irish Elite Provided A Focus For Social Life And The City FlourishedThe Act Of Union Of Saw Ireland Become A Full Part Of The Metropolitan British State, A Situation Not Reversed Until The Union Years Saw Dublin Decline Fine Old Houses Were Gradually Abandoned By The Aristocracy And Became Hideous Tenement Warrens The City Missed Out On The Industrial Revolution By The Time Joyce Immortalised It, It Had Become The Centre Of Paralysis In His Famous PhraseIndependence Restored Some Of Its Natural Function But There Was Still Much Poverty And Shabbiness The S Boom Proved To Be A False Dawn Only Since The S Has There Been Real Evidence Of A City Reinventing And Revitalising Itself
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- 139 pages
- Short History of Dublin
- Richard Killeen
- 06 February 2019 Richard Killeen