The General Post Office, Dublin 1.
Built in 1818 halfway along O’Connell Street (formerly Sackville street). The General Post Office had just been completely refurbished by 1916, after its first 100 years of use, when it became a symbol of the 1916 Easter Rising. Members of the Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army seized the General Post Office on Easter Monday. Patrick Pearse read out the Proclamation of the Irish Republic from its steps, & occupied the building. The building was totally destroyed, burnt, & reduced to a shell during the course of the 1916 Rising. It remained derelict until 1924, when the newly independent Irish Government began to rebuild & restore the ruins, to what it is today.
Memorial to the participants of the 1916 Rising in the GPO
A bronze statue is situated in the Mail Hall, inside a window at the front portico, as a memorial to the participants of the 1916 Rising. The text of the proclamation of the Irish Republic is incribed on the monument, along with the names of the signatories. The memorial depicts a legendary Irish hero Cuchulainn. The legend relates that when mortally wounded in battle, Cuchulainn tied himself to a pillar so that he might face his enemies, even in death. Only when a raven perched on his head did they dare to approach.
The General Post continues to function as our local Post Office, so you may visit it office hours, if only to mail your postcards from Ireland to family & friends at home. There is a a Museum now situated in The General Post Office. It hosts an exhibition entitled – Letters, Lives & Liberty.
Letters Lives & Liberty
The exhibition explores the influence of the Post Office in Ireland and offers an insight into the role played by Post Office people in the development of Irish society over many years. From stamps and stamp collecting to a copy of the 1916 Proclamation and the little known story of the staff who were actually in the GPO on Easter Monday, the exhibition is a unique way to learn about the importance of the Post Office in Irish life. Museum Admission fee: €2.00
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Saturday 10am to 4pm
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.