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    Capital and largest city in Ireland
    Located at the mouth of the River Liffey
    Population (city): 505,000
    Population (metro area): 1,660,000
    Birthplace of authors Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats; actors Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Maureen O'Hara and Maureen O'Sullivan; and singers Bono, Bob Geldolf and Sinead O'Connor
    The English army's gunpowder store exploded, killing 200 Dubliners (1597).
    Catholics were expelled from the city during the 1650s.
    At the end of the 19th century, its Monto neighborhood was the British Empire's largest red light district.
    It was the site of unsuccessful rebellions by the United Irishmen (1798), the Fenians (1867) and the Irish Volunteers (1916).
    On Bloody Sunday (April 21, 1920), the IRA killed 18 British agents and the British retaliated by firing on a crowd at a Gaelic football match, killing 14 civilians.
    Many of the city's historic Georgian buildings were destroyed in the name of urban development from the 1950s to the 80s.
    Handel's 'Messiah' debuted there.
    It is home to the Guinness brewery and Jameson whiskey distillery.
    It averages fewer than five days of snow a year.
    In a Europe-wide survey, it was named the best capital city to live in (2003).
    It was named friendliest European city (2007).

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