After the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State. It later became the capital of the Republic of Ireland.
In 2011, the approximate population living in Dublin City was about 527,612.
There is a north versus south division in the city because of the River Liffey. The north represents the working-class people while the south is seen as middle and upper middle class.
Though the city does see some snow showers in November to March, hail is more common and rain is the main precipitation in the winter.
Now a major Irish government complex, Dublin Castle was the seat of British rule in Ireland until 1922.
The Spire of Dublin, a pin-like 121.2 meter monument, was nominated in 2003, 2004 and 2005 for different awards.
On permanent display at the Trinity College Library in Dublin, is the Book of Kells; an illustrated book created by Irish monks in 800 AD. It is considered Ireland's finest national treasure.
In Mercer's 2011 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, Dublin was the 13th most expensive city in the European Union and 58th most expensive place to live in the world.
After beginning the installation of cycle lanes in the 1990's, by 2012, the city has over 120 miles of on and off-road tracks for cyclists.
Dublin was named a 'City of Literature' by UNESCO in 2010, as part of their Creative Cities Network.
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