Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. Whilst known in Irish as Baile Átha Cliath, meaning "town of the hurdled ford", the official name comes from the Gaelic Dubh Linn, meaning Black Pool. The Black Pool was said to be an original natural harbour used the Vikings, near the site of Dublin Castle. The city is located at the mouth of the River Liffey a short distance south of Malahide along the East Coast of Ireland. The current population is increasingly multi-cultural and stands at 1.5 million.
Its official origins began circa 988 as a Viking settlement, though it would have been the location of a celtic settlement prior to this. The Viking town evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and this confirmed the town as Irelands Capital City following the Norman invasion.
Immersed in culture and abundant with charm, the Island of Ireland, known for its greenery, wildlife and nature, and of course U2 and Guinness, is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets, and it is the most westerly of European countries. To the east of Ireland is The UK, and the west... North America. The population of Ireland is almost at 6.5 million people, this is split between 4.5 million people in The Republic of Ireland and 2 million people in Northern Ireland.