Photographer's Note

You need time to discover less known neighbourhoods. It is so much easier while living in the place for a while. I am proud that my gallery of photos from Dublin next to typical touristy sights presents completely unknown views. I am sure even Dubliners would be surprised with several photos which I have uploaded from their city.
This photo presents Portobello College at the Grand Canal in Dublin.
It is the third photo along the Dublin’s Grand Canal which I present here, probably not the last.

Portobello College can trace its roots back to 1805 when the Portobello building was constructed. The building was named Portobello House and it was actually a hotel. As the centuries have gone by, the erstwhile hotel has now become a center for higher education.
Today Portobello College is part of the Dublin Business School (DBS). It is the largest independent college in Ireland. With over 9,000 students, DBS provides a range of full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with courses in subject areas such as business, law, event management, IT, the arts, media studies and psychology.

Portobello (meaning 'beautiful harbour') came into existence as a small suburb south of the city of Dublin in the 18th century, centred around Richmond St. During the following century it was completely developed, transforming an area of private estates and farmland into solid Victorian red-bricked living quarters for the middle classes and terraced housing bordering the canal for the working classes. As a fast-expanding suburb during the 19th century Portobello attracted many upwardly-mobile families whose members went on to play important roles in politics, the arts and the sciences. Towards the end of the century came an influx of Jews, which gave the name "Little Jerusalem" to the area.
Like the Portobello area of London, Dublin's Portobello was ultimately named for the capture by Admiral Vernon in 1739 of Portobelo, Colón on Panama's Caribbean Coast, during the conflict between the United Kingdom and Spain known as the War of Jenkins' Ear.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4299 W: 91 N: 11073] (45459)
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