It was a Viking settlement that became a town.
Dublin was a town long before the Vikings came around. I suggest you research the vikings and their time in Dublin. Some eventually joined Brian Boru, some natives joined with the vikings. Its not as simplistic as you make it sound.
it was never set up by anyone Irish.
Dublin is now believed to be nearly two thousand years old. The Vikings arrived in the ninth century. Did the vikings have time machines in their longboats?
When the brits ruled us it was the 2nd city of the empire & when the 2nd last royal visited all ye jackeens were out waving your little flags for her.
The King visited and the anglo Irish protestant ascendancy came out in numbers to visit her. There were mass protests held throughout Dublin during the visit, most notably, in the Phoenix park.
The native Dubliners were either indifferent or against the visit. They certainly did not celebrate it, contrary to anti Dublin propaganda.
Sure 'tis a well known fact that people from Dublin are known as both jackeen and west brits. roflol.
If Dubliners love the queen, why was the whole centre of Dublin shut down for 12 hours on her visit here last year? Snipers on roofs. Road blocks and not one person out with their union jacks, you claim they love?
Cork, or as it's pronounced Kawrk
Cork. Lets put to bed another myth. Cork people refer to themselves as the rebel county. Wanna know how they get that name? As a result of the support of the townsmen of Cork in 1491 for Perkin Warbeck, a pretender to the throne of England during the Wars of the Roses.
Lest we forget, that when the queen visited Cork, there was no shutdowns, no snipers on rooftops. Oh, but there were 30,000 Corkies out with their union jack flags!
Heres some of the "rebel counties" finest!
Kilkenny & Limerick are Irish cities, all were founded before the Viking invaders plundered them and later settled and traded there. Galway wasn't established until the 12th C but it was set up by an Irishman, unlike Dublin, although it was taken over by the Normans not too long after it.
There are two "proper" cities in Ireland. Belfast and Dublin. The rest are large towns.