THE GROUNDS OF DUBLIN CASTLE ON A SUNNY DAY IN SEPTEMBER
Today I visited the grounds of Dublin Castle but was upset when someone mentioned that additional Covid-19 restrictions may be introduced in Dublin tomorrow [18 September 2020] as this will interfere with a number of sessions photography sessions that I had organised for the rest of the month.
I would recommend a visit to Dublin Castle but I have noticed that many American visitors are disappointed because it is not the sort of castle that they had expected and this is because it is a working castle and has been constantly modified since it was first built.
Dublin Castle is a major Irish government complex, conference centre, and tourist attraction. It is located off Dame Street in Dublin.
Until 1922 it was the seat of the British government’s administration in Ireland. Most of the current construction dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British, government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland (1171–1541), the Kingdom of Ireland (1541–1800), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1800–1922).
After the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, the complex was ceremonially handed over to the newly formed Provisional Government led by Michael Collins. It now hosts the inauguration of each President of Ireland and various State receptions.
The castle was built by the dark pool (“Dubh Linn”) which gave Dublin its name. This pool lies on the lower course of the River Poddle before its confluence with the River Liffey; when the castle was built, the Liffey was much wider, and the castle was effectively defended by both rivers. The Poddle today runs under the complex.