This fine view of the rear of Dublin Castle and the facade of the State Apartments by Robert French keeps us in Dublin city for yet another day! Very little has changed in this scene in the intervening 100+ years.
The main learning today - for myself anyway - was that the lawn pictured was the original site of the "Black Pool" or "Dubh Linn" - from which the city gets its name. As Béarla ar ndóigh. That is, according to the article and illustration
which Niall McAuley
links us to. As per the contemporary views
provide, while changed significantly in the centuries before this image, it has not changed much since....
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914
NLI Ref: L_ROY_00375
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Streetview - firstname.lastname@example.org,-6.2666766,2a,34.6y,357.11h...
Historic 25" and 6" maps at GeoHive.
Fascinating history - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_Castle , including this 'now' photo - upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2d/Dublin-Castle... "... At the heart of the gardens is the grassy sward of the Dubh Linn Garden, where patterns representing sea serpents are cut into the lawn. This lawn is on or near the site of the original dubh linn or ‘black pool’, where the Vikings harboured their ships and set up a trading base. It was this pool that gave its name to the city: Dublin. ..." From - www.dublincastle.ie/the-castle-gardens/
Flickr is sometimes (or often) amazing! In 2013 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/cuspor/ - https://www.flickr.com/photos/cuspor/9009194409/
Wikipedia has a drawing of the castle in maybe 1600 showing where the lawn is at right.
National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley, https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia, and https://www.flickr.com/photos/bultacofan. I have spent time on that lawn more than once - and didn't know (or perhaps remember) of its connection to the early formation/naming of the city. Much appreciated!