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DUBLIN Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic and is a city of musicians, poets and dreamers. Its Georgian buildings, whisky distilleries and historic castles are tangible and colourful reminders of bygone times and numerous well preserved buildings, cafes, churches and idyllic canals also add to the captivating atmosphere of this fun loving city. One of the city's main landmarks is a splendid structure, Halfpenny Bridge, which derived its name due to a toll that was once extracted from those who crossed it. Dublin Castle is one of the city's oldest buildings. It has seen much transformation and is a combination of several building styles. After the Vikings, the Normans conquered the city and ruled over it for seven hundred years and under King Henry The Eighth Dublin became the capital of what was then a British colony. Trinity College is Ireland's oldest and most venerable university. It was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth The First. The high standard of education offered here has attracted famous pupils such as Jonathan Swift, Henry Grattan and Samuel Becket. Dublin's General Post Office was once the site of an important historical event. Under the leadership of Padraig Pearse and James Connolly around a hundred men occupied the post office and thus began Ireland's struggle for Independence. In Easter, 1916, the Irish Republic was born. Bursting with pubs and music this most hospitable city is a wonderful combination of lively city life and infectious Irish blarney!