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7 Dublin curiosities that tell of capital's inventive past

New book, Ingenious Dublin, charts the world-shaking discoveries, inventions and feats of engineering that came out of the capital – and helps you find physical signs of them yourself.
Sep 2nd 2012, 8:15 AM 19,141 24

AN AWARD-WINNING science writer has done the digging on Irish people whose discoveries and feats of engineering have changed the world.

Mary Mulvihill’s Ingenious Dublin is available for an introductory 99 cent on Kindle’s app until 15 September, which means it can be read on everything from a smartphone to a laptop. The idea, Mulvihill told TheJournal.ie this week, is that readers can use it as a quirky tour guide of the capital.

To this end she has helped us identify some of the hidden curiosities to keep an eye out for around the city as they give a real insight into great inventions, scientific discoveries and industrial feats of Dublin’s past.

Mulvihill previously won the IBM Science Journalist of the Year award for her first book, Ingenious Ireland (2002). That is currently out of print but she has plans to bring counties together in individual guides of discovery.

You can download the free Ingenious Dublin maps to help you track over 80 locations mentioned in her book here or download podcasts to help you take a walking tour.

  • As a matter of interest, there is an Ingenious Dublin walking tour starting from Fishamble Street at 3pm today. Its title? Blood and Guts! 1,000 years of Dublin’s medical history. If you’re intrigued, it’s €10 a ticket and you should book here.

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