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The Dubhlinn was a small lake used to moor ships; the Poddle connected the lake with the Liffey.This lake was covered during the early 18th century as the city grew.Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State, later renamed Ireland.As of 2010, Dublin was listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (Ga WC) as a global city, with a ranking of "Alpha-", which places it amongst the top thirty cities in the world.) "pool", referring to a dark tidal pool.There are other towns of the same name, such as Àth Cliath in East Ayrshire, Scotland, which is Anglicised as Hurlford.The area of Dublin Bay has been inhabited by humans since prehistoric times, but the writings of Ptolemy (the Greco-Roman astronomer and cartographer) in about AD 140 provide possibly the earliest reference to a settlement there.This continued down to 1840 when the barony of Dublin City was separated from the barony of Dublin.Since 2001, both baronies have been redesignated the City of Dublin.

Variations on the name are also found in traditionally Gaelic-speaking areas of Scotland (Gàidhealtachd, cognate with Irish Gaeltachta), such as An Linne Dhubh ("the black pool"), which is part of Loch Linnhe.

The original pronunciation is preserved in the names for the city in other languages such as Old English Difelin, Old Norse Dyflin, modern Icelandic Dyflinn and modern Manx Divlyn as well as Welsh Dulyn.

Other localities in Ireland also bear the name Duibhlinn, variously anglicized as Devlin, Historically, scribes using the Gaelic script wrote bh with a dot over the b, rendering Duḃlinn or Duiḃlinn.

Dublin was established as a Viking settlement in the 10th century and, despite a number of rebellions by the native Irish, it remained largely under Viking control until the Norman invasion of Ireland was launched from Wales in 1169.

It was upon the death of Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn in early 1166 that Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, King of Connacht, proceeded to Dublin and was inaugurated King of Ireland without opposition.

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