Dublin was established as a Viking settlement and a key maritime centre in the 9th century, although there is evidence of habitation from prehistoric times.
The 2011 census gives the population of the Greater Dublin Area as 1,801,040. This equates to 39.3% of Ireland’s population.
is a thriving cultural center and boasts a great literary legacy with
many luminaries of Irish literature such as Joyce, Shaw, Yeats, Wilde,
Kavanagh and Beckett, being associated with the city.
is where you'll find many of the nation's treasures, housed in the
city's galleries and museums, and is where some of the most important
events of Ireland were played out, most notably the Easter Uprising of
1916. Though the battle between the IRA and British Forces caused
extensive damage to the O'Connell Street area of Dublin (the bullet
holes can still be seen on the General Post Office), this was one of the
formative events of the Irish Republic.