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  • Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. Its vibrancy, nightlife and tourist attractions

  • are world renowned and it's the most popular entry point for international visitors to

  • Ireland. As a city, it is disproportionately large for the size of the country with a population

  • of 1.8 million in the Greater Dublin Region; nearly half of the Republic's population lives

  • in this metropolitan area. The centre is, however, relatively small and can be navigated

  • by foot, with most of the population living in sprawling suburbs. The English name for

  • the city is derived from the Irish name Dubhlinn, meaning "black pool".

  • Founded as a Viking settlement, it evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the

  • island's principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the

  • 17th century; it was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest

  • in Europe. Dublin entered a period of stagnation following the Act of Union of 1800, but it

  • remained the economic centre for most of the island. Following the partition of Ireland

  • in 1922, the new parliament was located in Leinster House. Dublin became the capital

  • of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland.

  • Like the cities of Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, Dublin is administered separately

  • from its respective County with its own City Council. The city is listed by the Globalization

  • and World Cities Research Network as a global city, with a ranking of "Alpha-", placing

  • Dublin among the top 30 cities in the world. It is a historical and contemporary cultural

  • centre for the country, as well as a modern centre of education, the arts, administration, economy, and industry.

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. Its vibrancy, nightlife and tourist attractions

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Dublin, the Capital City of Ireland

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