The Liberties is the area that grew up over many years around the Medieval Quarter of Dublin, after the invasion by the Normans in 1169. It gained it’s name ‘the Liberties’ because, whilst they were united under the rule of the Norman invaders, the owners of each piece of land (manors) was given dispensation to rule it as he saw fit.

The lands within the Liberties would develop after the twelth century¬†and even St Patrick’s Cathedral was considered one of these manors that, whilst being part of Norman Ireland, also had it’s own powers to develop autonomously up to a point.

The Guinness Storehouse¬†is the most famous tourist attraction in the Liberties; it’s location, just off Thomas Street, places it just outside the Medieval District.

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