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South of the Liffey

Dublin takes its name from the southwest of the city when, in prehistoric times, there was a dark pool (Dubh Linn) at the confluence of the River Liffey and what was once the River Poddle. The area expanded during the 18th century, when the cobbled streets of Temple Bar became a centre for merchants and craftsmen – interestingly reverting to similar use in the 20th century. Prior to the founding of Trinity College in 1592, southeast Dublin was relatively undeveloped. St Stephen’s Green wasn’t enclosed until the 1660s and it remained for private use until 1877. But from the 1850s the area witnessed a boom that saw the construction ...

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