Arrival of Queen VictoriaQueen Victoria visited Dublin in 1900

In the above image, Queen Victoria (later called the ‘Famine Queen) in what was then known as Kingstown and is now called Dun Laoghaire. You can see Dun Laoghaire pier in the background here, the aging Queen herself, and her loyal subjects lining the streets.

Queen VIctoria

Queen Victoria

In the Freeman’s Journal the following day we learn that a mock castle was erected in the Queen’s honour at Leeson Street Bridge, just so the Queen could have the experience of going through her castle gates to her city. This led to one of the most celebrated typographical errors of all time, when the paper is said to have reported, ‘there was much delight when the Queen’s party pissed over the bridge.’

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