Photographer's Note

Drawing room inside the State Apartments of Dublin Castle

I've posted several shots of Irish castles but have yet to show you the elegance that graces some of them on the inside. The room shown here is a part of Dublin Castle known as the State Apartments.

What remains of Dublin Castle is now more of a complex of government buildings that mostly date to the 18th century. There is however an intriguing original corner watchtower remaining that you can see here in Aline Dayer's recent post of the castle. The tour of the grounds includes a fascinating trip down into the watery foundations of the that tower pictured.

I took this shot during the guided tour and didn't have as much time as I would have liked to compose it. Since like most castle tours, tripods and large photo bags weren't allowed, I had to handhold this one at ISO 800 at 1/45. So it's definitely not as sharp as it could be but I think it gives a good sense of the decor here.

The State Apartments portion of the castle is still used today for special government events such as policy launches, official state visits, and the inauguration of the President every seven years.

Dublin Castle itself was founded as a major defensive complex upon the orders of King John in 1204, shortly after the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169, when it was commanded that: "a castle be built with strong walls and good ditches for the defence of the city, the administration of justice, and the protection of the King’s treasure."

Now that totally sounds like an order I'd expect from a King.

I've also included a bonus shot of those 18th century buildings I mentioned that make up of the castle complex in the workshop


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