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Introduction and Information
A Brief Introduction to Dublin, Ireland
Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland and stands in the county of Dublin on the east coast of Ireland. Seawards is the lovely sweep of Dublin Bay, to the south the blue of the Wicklow mountains and to the north and west the rolling plains of Meath and Kildare. The River Liffey runs through this beautifully laid-out city.
Just south of the River Liffey stands Dublin Castle, and near it is St. Patrick's Cathedral. Buried inside the Cathedral is its most famous dean Jonathan Swift who wrote Gulliver's Travels and Esther Johnson, to whom Swift wrote the Journal to Stella. The University of Dublin's Trinity College, founded in 1591 by Elizabeth I, is to the east of Dublin Castle and contains two ancient copies of the four Gospels, the 7th-century Book of Durrow and the rich and beautiful Book of Kells.
There are many bridges over the River Liffey linking north and south Dublin, among them being O'Connell Bridge which opens out to O'Connell Street on the north, which was one of the widest streets in the world. The bridge is named after an Irish statesman Daniel O'Connell who was known as The Liberator and who died in 1847. There is a statue of him at one end of the street. At the other end is a statue of Charles Stewart Parnell, who did his best in the days of Victoria to make Ireland independent.
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