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Dublin (/blIn/, Irish: Baile Atha Cliath  pronounced [[email protected]:[email protected]'[email protected]]] or [.bjlja]: '[email protected]]), is the capital and biggest city in Ireland. It is located on the east coast at the mouth the River Liffey. It is part of the provinces of Leinster, Eastern and Midland Region. It is bordered to the south by the Dublin Mountains, which are part of the Wicklow Mountains range. It had a population of 1,173,179 in the urban area at the 2016 census , while the total population of traditional County Dublin was 1,347.359.  The Greater Dublin Area population was 1,904,806. 
It is still unclear exactly where and when Dublin was founded. There has been archaeological debate about the origin of the city. A settlement established by the Gaels in the 7th century CE  and another settlement by the Vikings following. The small Kingdom of Dublin grew and became Ireland's main settlement after the Norman invasion.  Dublin grew rapidly in the 17th century, and it was briefly the second-largest city in the British Empire following the Acts of Union in 1801. Dublin, which was established as the capital of the Irish Free State in 1922 after independence, was later renamed Ireland.