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Dublin Castle

The appropriately imposing structure of Dublin Castle was a controversial symbol of British rule for 700 years, until it was formally handed over to Michael Collins and the Irish Free State in 1922. Commissioned by King John in the 13th century, over the years the castle evolved from a medieval fortress into a vice-regal court and administrative centre. It has suffered numerous tribulations in its history, but the most concerted attack was in 1534, when it was besieged by “Silken Thomas” Fitzgerald (so called for his finely embroidered wardrobe), a rebellious courtier who had renounced his allegiance to the English Crown. Its current ...

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