Dublin was founded as a Viking settlement, evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin following the Norman invasion, is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and largest city with over one fourth of the total population of Ireland and is located midway on Ireland's east coast at the River Liffey.



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The Norman invasion was in two stages, the first in 1169 when a force of Norman knights landed in Ireland at the request of the ousted King of Leister and the second the arrival of Henry II in 1171, who was the first English king to set foot in Ireland.


Dublin Castle was the fortified seat of British rule in Ireland and originally founded as a castle with a moat ordered to be constructed by King John of England in 1204, was located at the corner of Dublin Town and the Record Tower, the remaining structure from that castle, dates from 1230.

British Justice in Ireland was mounted on the entry arch to the Upper Castle yard, carried a sword to suppress rebellion, is not blindfolded and has her backside to the face of the Irish nation.

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James (Big Jim) Larkin (1943-1944) was an Irish trade union leader and social activist, grew up in poverty, received little formal education and became a full-time trade union organizer in 1905. James Larkin founded the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union, the Irish Labor Party and the Workers' Union of Ireland and best known for his role in the 1913 Lockout, which was a strike from August 26, 1913 to January 18, 1914 over the abject poverty forced upon the workers of Dublin by the capitalist overloads.



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