11 Facts About Dublin Castle


Dublin Castle is a major Irish government complex, conference centre, and tourist attraction, of significant historical importance.

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The Dublin Castle served as the seat of English, then later British, government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland, the Kingdom of Ireland, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland .

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Dublin Castle has fulfilled a number of roles through its history.

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Dublin Castle was first founded as a major defensive work by Meiler Fitzhenry on the orders of King John of England in 1204, some time after the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169, when it was commanded that a castle be built with strong walls and good ditches for the defence of the city, the administration of justice, and the protection of the King's treasure.

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In 1884 officers at the Dublin Castle were at the centre of a sensational homosexual scandal incited by the Irish Nationalist politician William O'Brien through his newspaper United Ireland.

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Dublin Castle includes towers at two corners; other towers that once existed within the complex.

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Panorama view of Dublin Castle showing from left to right, gateway to the Dubhlinn Gardens, Chapel Royal, Record Tower, gateway to the upper yard, Treasury Building, visitor reception center, and Palace Street Gate.

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Dublin Castle is maintained and managed by the Office of Public Works .

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Dublin Castle has appeared in numerous films including Barry Lyndon, Michael Collins, Becoming Jane and The Medallion, as well as the television series The Tudors, where it doubles as the Vatican in the pilot.

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Part of Dublin Castle appears on the cover of the Jandek album Khartoum Variations.

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In George Moore's A Drama in Muslin, Dublin Castle appears in a number of chapters as the venue for high society events associated with the Viceroy and the British administration in Dublin.

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