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iano200
37327.  Tue Dec 06, 2005 1:49 pm Reply with quote

sorry didnt know what i was typing, when i said it didnt mean anything i was specifically talking about the name Dublin, not the origins of the name.
Heres a brief insight to the naming of dublin
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Dublin is one of Europe's oldest capital cities, with a history reaching back more than 1,000 years. The fledgling settlement of Dyflyn was established by Norsemen from Scandinavia in 841 near the confluence of the rivers Poddle and Liffey. This formed a dark pool or Dubh Linn which provided a safe harbour for Viking longships.

http://www.dublincity.ie/your_council/history/0020_dublin_and_its_city_council.asp


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English Pete
37328.  Tue Dec 06, 2005 1:52 pm Reply with quote

Does blackpool have a river/pool?

 
eggshaped
37330.  Tue Dec 06, 2005 1:59 pm Reply with quote

The beeb says:

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The name Blackpool dates from a 13th Century description of a stream which ran through the area.
The brook was discoloured by the peat soil and was called the "Black Poole" by locals.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2066920.stm

 
Kevino7
37497.  Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:27 pm Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
The beeb says:

Quote:
The name Blackpool dates from a 13th Century description of a stream which ran through the area.
The brook was discoloured by the peat soil and was called the "Black Poole" by locals.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2066920.stm

Nothing changes then.

 
Feroluce
40254.  Sun Dec 18, 2005 7:36 am Reply with quote

iano200 wrote:
Well Dublin dosent really mean any thing it's two words joined together, Dubh meaning black, and linn meaning pool and turned into english. But yeah if you dont consider that then they all mean the same.

.. and the pool in question (a tar pit) is now part of the Penguin enclosure in Dublin zoo.

 
gerontius grumpus
40274.  Sun Dec 18, 2005 8:52 am Reply with quote

Was it really a tar pit?
Usually black pools,lochs, loughs and lochans get their name from the peat stained water.

 
mr. fahrenhiet
40283.  Sun Dec 18, 2005 9:46 am Reply with quote

yes it was really a tar pit. i was at dublin zoo recently and i think the penguins are gone

 
gerontius grumpus
40293.  Sun Dec 18, 2005 10:25 am Reply with quote

First the wooly mammoths and sabre tooth tigers and now the penguins.
What will be next?

 
samivel
40390.  Sun Dec 18, 2005 3:28 pm Reply with quote

Celebrities, with any luck

 
iano200
40635.  Mon Dec 19, 2005 2:12 pm Reply with quote

mr. fahrenhiet wrote:
yes it was really a tar pit. i was at dublin zoo recently and i think the penguins are gone


last time i was there they were moved. i think to the african part (i know it dosent make sense) or they are near where the meerkats are not sure really been a while.

 
Flash
40710.  Mon Dec 19, 2005 5:39 pm Reply with quote

There are lots of penguins in Africa, so that may not be so odd.

 
Feroluce
40764.  Tue Dec 20, 2005 3:47 am Reply with quote

Dublin zoo is the oldest, continuously operating zoo in the world.

It's situated in the largest inner city park in the world.

Park, in the most commonly used sense, is an Irish word meaning field.


Three in a row, this early in the morning, there must be something wrong with me

 
eggshaped
40769.  Tue Dec 20, 2005 5:03 am Reply with quote

Feroluce, we like to post our sources here, just for fact verification. The "oldest zoo" one in particular is one I am interested in.

According to the official Dublin Zoo website, the zoo opened with animals donated from London Zoo. Which would slightly negate your fact, that is unless this (and other much earlier) zoo(s), are not "continuously operating". Which I'm afraid I don't have time to check at the moment.

Anyway, dublin zoo opened in 1830 and the zoo in Vienna was founded in 1752. Has that also had a period of closure? I'm thinking probably the war for both of them.

http://www.dublinzoo.ie/about_history.htm

http://www.zoovienna.at/e/index.html

 
Feroluce
40774.  Tue Dec 20, 2005 5:20 am Reply with quote

My source may be a little difficult to post, it was a tour guide and it was years ago on a school trip.

Neither wars reached Ireland and it remained open during the civil war so maybe that is the factor.
Another factor may be that parts of the zoo (reptile house as far as I remember) are original.

 
Caradoc
41254.  Wed Dec 21, 2005 8:40 pm Reply with quote

Melbourne claims to be the oldest opening in 1862

Vienna 1752 & London 1847 here would seem to throw the Australians claim into disrepute

Wikipedia has Dublin as the third oldest after Paris (1792) & London (1828) but also has Vienna as the oldest.

 

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