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Arguably, he was the primitive undebated full king of Ireland and also the only Gaelic one.
The King of Leinster, Diarmait Mac Murchada, after his exile by Ruaidhrí, enlisted the help of Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke, to conquer Dublin.
It is now thought that the Viking settlement was preceded by a Christian ecclesiastical settlement known as Duibhlinn, from which Dyflin took its name.
was an early Christian monastery, believed to have been in the area of Aungier Street, currently occupied by Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church.
He called the settlement Eblana polis (Greek: Dublin celebrated its 'official' millennium in 1988 AD, meaning that the Irish government recognised 988 AD as the year in which the city was settled and that this first settlement would later become the city of Dublin.
that the Viking settlement was preceded by a Christian ecclesiastical settlement known as Duibhlinn, from which Dyflin took its name.
The Dubhlinn was a small lake used to moor ships; the Poddle connected the lake with the Liffey.
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.
Beginning in the 9th and 10th century, there were two settlements which later became the modern Dublin.
The subsequent Scandinavian settlement centred on the River Poddle, a tributary of the Liffey in an area now known as Wood Quay.
Following Mac Murrough's death, Strongbow declared himself King of Leinster after gaining control of the city.
In response to Strongbow's successful invasion, King Henry II of England reaffirmed his sovereignty by mounting a larger invasion in 1171 and pronounced himself Lord of Ireland.