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Folklore: Robin the Dub

Jim Carroll 19 Feb 11 - 02:46 PM
zozimus 20 Feb 11 - 08:21 AM
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Subject: Folklore: Robin Dub
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 02:46 PM

Was interested to find this in The Irish Times earlier this week in 'An Irishman's Diary' artical on Dublin place-names; was aware that they were all villains over that side of the country, but hadn't realised it went back so far!!
New one on me - anybody come across it before?
Jim Carroll

………for example, there is a suburb called "Fox & Geese" to one side of the dual carriageway and a place called "Robinhood" on the other.....
The latter name now attaches mainly to a road full of warehouses and an industrial estate. But there's also a small tributary of the River Camac so-named. ………I have no idea where this Robinhood got its name, or whether it has any connection with the legend himself. It very well might have, because there is a stubborn folk tradition that, after being run out of Nottingham, several of the Merry Men, including Robin and Little John, fetched up in Dublin, where they lived for a time in woods near Oxmantown.
The story also has it that in 1189, the same Little John publicly demonstrated his skills as an archer by firing an arrow from the middle of the Liffey -on what is now Father Matthew bridge - to the site of St Michan's Church: a distance of "eleven score and seven yards" (about 206 metres).
His reputed grave in Derbyshire notwithstanding, there are even suggestions that he died in Dublin soon afterwards, and more particularly, that he was hanged (for robbery) at Arbour Hill.

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Subject: RE: Folklore: Robin the Dub
From: zozimus
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 08:21 AM

Hi Jim,
That piece about Robin Hood and LittleJohn in Dublin appears in the book "Life in Old Dublin" by James Duffy 1913. The book can be read on the internet and is well worth a browse for additional articles on old Dublin. the link is
See you in Inishowen.

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