Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, has one of the loveliest settings in Europe. On Dublin Bay, the Town of the Hurdle Ford--Baile Atha Cliath in Gaelic--is sheltered on the north by the rocky mass of Howth Head. The River Liffey flows through the center of the city and is crossed by many picturesque bridges. The name Dublin is derived from tne Gaelic word of black pool:dublinn
Dublin has produced some of the world's greatest literary figures. Most notably, the city was the home of James Joyce, nearly all of whose writings are based in the city of his birth. Also born in Dublin were Oscar Wilde, who attended Trinity College, and Jonathan Swift, who served as Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral. George Bernard Shaw was born at No.33 Synge St. in 1856. Other well-known Dubliners include Edmund Burke, Thomas Moore, James Stephens, Sean O'Casey, Samuel Beckett and Richard Brinsley Sheridan.