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What am I commemorating today?

July 10, 2012

The founding of Dublin, Ireland in 988,  represented by the raven banner of the Kingdom of Dublin.

In 988, Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill led the initial Irish conquest of Dublin. As a result the founding of Dublin is counted by some from the year 988, notwithstanding that a village has existed on the site of Dublin since before the Roman occupation of Great Britain nearly a thousand years earlier. Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill was dethroned by Brian Boru (1002–1014).

A short history of Dublin from the In Your Pocket Guide offers that,

The name Dublin comes from the Gaelic dubh linn or “black pool” – where the Poddle stream met the River Liffey to form a deep pool at Dublin Castle. The city’s modern name – Baile Áth Cliath – means the “town of the ford of the hurdles”. Ireland’s four principal routeways converged at a crossing place made of hurdles of interwoven saplings straddling the low-tide Liffey.

In spite of this venerable founding date, the area of modern Dublin has been occupied for at least 2000 years and was an early Norse settlement – indeed one of the longest Norse occupations outside of Scandinavia.

But settlement of this area goes back even further than the Vikings, witnessed by the Clare Dolman standing stones below:

All of this rich history contributed to the development of modern Dublin.