Photographer's Note

This is the Four Courts of Dublin. It seems that not just Italians have difficulty with the maths (you might remember my photo of Cinque Terre, the Five Lands where the difficulty was that there were actually six of them. Well here the Irish have caught the bug.

Historically, these buildings housed the Central Criminal Court, the Supreme Court, the Dublin Circuit Court and the High Court. Now they only house three of them, but the name Four Courts has remained.

The Four Courts occupy pride of place along the beautiful River Liffey, and with good reason. They also occupy an important place in Irish History, not just for their role in Irish justice. They were heavily bombarded by British fire during the 1916 Easter Rising. In 1922 they were occupied by Republican forces opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty. The Republicans were eventually ousted by the Provisional Government forces, after again sustaining extensive damage. They were re-opened in 1932, despite many of the treasures and architecture having been irreparably damaged.

Due to family reasons, I was only in Dublin for half a day and was very disappointed not to have met Noel or Rosemary, Noel of course is a local and Rosemary and her husband who were travelling there at the time. So I dedicate the photo to you both.

Canon 5D MkII
13 seconds
19mm using 17-40mm lens

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