Built on the banks of the River Liffey, Dublin was named by the Vikings who conquered and then settled on the south bank of the river in 988 AD, establishing this port city where the river Poddle joined the Liffey in a "black pool"-or "Dubh Linn". It would later merge with the Celtic settlement on the north bank of the Liffey called,Baile Atha Cliath, "Town of the Hurdle Ford" named for an ancient river crossing there, and still used to this day as the Irish name for Dublin.
Rory often played Dublin's National Stadium, a "strange hall that looks like a cross between a second division Swedish hockey patch and a hanger on an unused airfield."--Richard Green (New Musical Express) Indeed, Gerard O'Grady (Dublin Evening Press) remarks that, "It is difficult for an artiste even one who has outstanding ability to create the proper atmosphere in the fading light of evening and in a drab, colourless hall which is the National Stadium." Yet, Rory did exactly that time and time again at the National Stadium. The Irish Times review (May 16, 1972) of this concert states, "Saturday's affair underlined the power of rock in moving what appear at first to be immovable masses; the audience-involvement with Rory G. was genuine (I know a real demand from a stoked-up one) and he threw himself into the work so that it became a two-way thing, though it obviously took a lot out of him. The group-precision was remarkable (with) nice drum solo work...one of those really successful Stadium nights."
So grab a guinness or two and walk the historic streets of "Dear, dirty Dublin". Rub shoulders with fellow Dubliners through streets so narrow people park their cars on the sidewalk. Walk down famed O'Connell Street, past statues of Joyce, Yeats, Molly Malone and the "Floozie in the Jacuzzi" and venture down to the southside of Dublin to the National Stadium where Rory plays rocking blues like no other.