The capital city of the Republic of Ireland has a long, chequered, and often surprising, history. In June 2015, Dublin will be the starting point for the history study tour of Ireland. The natural geographical advantages of the location at the mouth of the River Liffey attracted settlement many centuries before the Vikings, but it was the Norsemen who founded the present city and connected Dublin to Scandinavia and the Viking trading networks. The complex and contentious political and religious history of Dublin has been a result of prolonged cultural clashes with the Anglo-Norman and English kingdoms across the Irish Sea. However, much of the architectural beauty of the modern city is testimony to both the historical and current economic and cultural significance of Dublin.
•Celtic and Viking Dublin
•Tudor Dublin and Trinity College
•Dublin as capital city
Mondays 1-29 September 2014 7.30-9pm
Fee: $50 due by Friday 29 AugustUC South Arts lecture theatre A4