The name of Ireland's capital derives from the Old Irish 'Dubh Linn' (pronounced Doov Lin), meaning a Dark Pool. The dark pool continued to exist for a long time beside Dublin Castle. The Vikings, who first turned the old trading post into a town, called the place Dyflin. At the time of Saint Patrick, Dubh Linn lay on the borderlands between tribal territories, and though the character of Fergus, in the 'Dubh Linn' chapter which begins Rutherfurd's Irish saga, is fictional, the area in early medieval times was ruled by a family known as the descendants of Fergus.




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The phrase "Mad as a March Hare" was popularized by Lewis Carrol in his classic, Alice in Wonderland, in which the March Hare is a character. The phrase was coined because hares are supposed to behave strangely during the March mating season.

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