Dublin Castle and the State Apartments from the lawn

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This fine view of the rear of Dublin Castle and the facade of the State Apartments by Robert French keeps us in Dublin city for yet another day! Very little has changed in this scene in the intervening 100+ years.

The main learning today - for myself anyway - was that the lawn pictured was the original site of the "Black Pool" or "Dubh Linn" - from which the city gets its name. As Béarla ar ndóigh. That is, according to the article and illustration which Niall McAuley links us to. As per the contemporary views which BultacoFan and Beachcomber provide, while changed significantly in the centuries before this image, it has not changed much since....

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_00375

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 10/Oct/2017 08:18:18

    Streetview - www.google.ie/maps/@53.342199,-6.2666766,2a,34.6y,357.11h...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Oct/2017 08:23:14

    Historic 25" and 6" maps.

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    • 10/Oct/2017 10:32:20

    Fascinating history - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_Castle , including this 'now' photo - upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2d/Dublin-Castle... "... At the heart of the gardens is the grassy sward of the Dubh Linn Garden, where patterns representing sea serpents are cut into the lawn. This lawn is on or near the site of the original dubh linn or ‘black pool’, where the Vikings harboured their ships and set up a trading base. It was this pool that gave its name to the city: Dublin. ..." From - www.dublincastle.ie/the-castle-gardens/

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    • 10/Oct/2017 10:45:44

    Flickr is sometimes (or often) amazing! In 2013 by [https://www.flickr.com/photos/cuspor/] - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/cuspor/9009194409/]

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Oct/2017 14:03:46

    Wikipedia has a drawing of the castle in maybe 1600 showing where the lawn is at right.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Oct/2017 19:32:48

    Thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley], [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia], and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/bultacofan]. I have spent time on that lawn more than once - and didn't know (or perhaps remember) of its connection to the early formation/naming of the city. Much appreciated!