Explore the Rich History of The Liberties

As one of the oldest parts of Dublin, The Liberties is overflowing with history and has more than its fair share of historic buildings and famous residents past and present.
Jonathan "Dean" Swift

Jonathan "Dean" Swift

Author Gulliver's Travels
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), was the author of Gulliver's Travels, one of the world's greatest satirical fantasies. He was Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin from 1713-1745. Jonathan Swift expressed his 'savage indignation' at appalling social conditions in Ireland and was often know as the 'Hibernian Patriot'. He studied at Kilkenny School and Trinity College. He is buried in Saint Patrick's Cathedral where there is also a monument and a bust is dedicated to him in nearby Trinity College library.
John Rocque

John Rocque

Map of Dublin
After arriving in Dublin about 1754, John Rocque began his famous surveys of the city. In total, Rocque published six maps of the city; all the more impressive given the short time he spent here. The first was his "Exact Survey of the City and Suburbs of Dublin". This was published in 1756, and provides glorious detail of every corner of the city and its suburbs.
Handel's Messiah

Handel's Messiah

'Messiah' is an oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.
The Poddle

The Poddle

Invisible River
The main river that flows through Dublin City is called the Liffey, but there are numerous other Dublin rivers. One Dublin river is invisible, unless you know where to look for the signs of its existence. This river is called the Poddle, and it played a very important part in the history of Dublin City. On its path through The Liberties the Poddle formed a deep, dark pool of water that early settlers referred to as "An Dubh Linn" and the name stuck!
Old City Walls

Old City Walls

Surrounding Wall
The Anglo-Norman city was characterised by its surrounding wall, which, at its largest extent, included 19 gates. Over the centuries the wall was breached and removed as Dublin grew. However you can still see intact sections of the wall: at Cornmarket, where the main western gate stood, a section is preserved at Lamb Alley; while an impressive stretch of wall is found in nearby St Audeon's Park, including the only remaining gate - St Audoen's Gate.

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