General Post Office, Dublin

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    Hallowed Ground in Dublin

    by Cruefan Written Jun 3, 2005

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    The GPO

    Built in 1818 halfway along O'Connell Street , the GPO became a symbol of the 1916 Easter Rising. Members of the Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army seized the building on Easter Monday (24th of April) and Patrick Pearse read out the Proclamation of the Irish republic from its steps. The rebels remained inside for almost a week, but shelling from the British eventually forced them out. Inside the building is a sculpture of the legendary Irish warrior Cuchulainn, dedicated to those who died for their part in the Easter rising

    Inside there are 10 paintings that portray the event begin, occur, and the aftermath. It's also a good place to mail all those postcards because it is still today the main post office in Dublin. On the outside of the bulidings you can still see bullet holes on the colums from the 1916 battle. It's an important place in Irish history and it's worth a visit.

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    Cuchulainn Statue

    by elcolibri Updated May 29, 2005

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    Cuchulainn Statue

    A statue inside the General Post Office building commemorates the Easter Rising of 1916. Unveiled in 1935 the bronze statue of the mitologyc irish hero Cuchulainn by Oliver Shepherd is a memorial to the participants in the rising.

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    General Post Office

    by elcolibri Written May 29, 2005

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    General Post Office

    General Post Office was built in 1814 and sited in the centre of Dublin's main street ( O'Connell Street), it was designed by Francis Johnston. The GPO has a special place in Irish and Dublin history being the focal point of the Easter Rising of 1916. it was here that the Proclamation of Independence was read. A statue inside the building commemorates the rising - Cúchulainn by Oliver Shepherd. .

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    GPO -THE place to mail your postcards home!

    by kathycollins Written Nov 13, 2004
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    Built in 1814 and sited in the centre of Dublin's main thoroughfare - O'Connell Street, is the General Post Office.The GPO has a special place in Irish and Dublin history being the focal point of the Easter Rising of 1916. it was here that the Proclamation of Independence was read and the building was gutted in the battle (as was most of Lower O'Connell Street). A statue inside the building commemorates the rising - Cúchulainn. This isn't JUST an historically important building, it is a functional main post office for Dublin.

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    GPO....General Post Office

    by kentishgirl Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    Looking up at the GPO

    The GPO is one of the main symbols from the 1916 Easter Rising, it is worth seeing....a beautiful building right in the middle of O Connell Street. You will often see protestors outside here or just across the street petitioning for different things (usually abortion).

    The GPO was built back in 1818 and inside there is a huge important sculpture.

    It is still today used as a post office, you can buy stamps, post letters, use the telephone etc etc in here......Oh and the staff are great!! ( my sister in law works here behind the scenes!!)

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    The General Post Office

    by ChrsStrl Written Jul 30, 2004

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    The General Post Office

    A Palladian-style building this was the HQ of the Irish Volunteers and the scene of the 1916 Easter Rising. It is difficult to write much about that without seeming biased one way or another but the building seems disappointingly mundane. From its steps the poet Padraic Pearse proclaimed Ireland's independence from Britain and the birth of the Republic.

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    Post a letter with a sense of history.

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    Ireland must be the only country in the world where the most important historical building in a country is a Post Office. but
    the GPO has a special place in Irish and Dublin history being the focal point of the Easter Rising of 1916. It was here that the Proclamation of Independence was read and the building was gutted in the battle (as was most of Lower O'Connell Street).

    You can still (if you look closely) see some of the scars of battle on the outside of the building itself. A statue inside commemorates the rising.

    Despite independence Nelson's column still stood outside - but this was blown up in the 1960's.

    The edifice itself is clearly in the 'Greek Temple' tradition of public architecture. Inside the building is still a post office - but take time while getting your stamps to look at the very impressive ceiling.

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    City Centre Tour II

    by Buckz Written Dec 1, 2003

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    At the Spike, facing south (same direction as the statues in the middle of the street), Cross (carefully) to your right to see the GPO. This was the stronghold of the 1916 rising, and so one of the most important buildings in Irish History. In the centre of the colonnade is a statue of Cuchulainn. One of the great heros of Irish Mythology, he tied himself to a post while dying, and reputation as a warrior without equal was so great that it was only when the raven landed on his shoulder that his enemies dared approach.

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    GPO

    by kenbac Written Sep 11, 2003

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    GPO

    The GPO ( General Post Office) is the main post office in Dublin.
    It is a magnificent buliding situuated in O'Connell Street.
    It was the head quarters of the 1916 Rising (against English rule) and is where the proclamation of the Irish Republic was made.
    It is, of course, a post office and you can send all your post acrds from here.
    It also has the Irish Post Office Philatelic section in it, which might please stamp collectors.

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    by dubrovnik Written Mar 8, 2003

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    Built in 1814 to the design of Francis Johnston, the GPO has a special place in Irish and Dublin history being the focal point of the Easter Rising of 1916. Patriot leaders Padraig Pearse and James Connolly, leaders of the Easter Rising read the Proclamation of Independence from the steps of the GPO. Volunteers sheltered in and fought from the building under heavy fire from the English. A fire broke out which destroyed most of the interior and the GPO remained closed until 1929, when renovation work was completed. The event is commemorated in a statue, The Death of Cuchulainn, which stands just inside one of the front windows and a memorial to those who died in 1916 is inscribed with the Proclamation of the Irish Republic

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    General Post Office

    by Bigs Written Sep 12, 2002

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    The GPO is the main historical site of the easterrising of 1916! Don´t miss to go inside! A lot of old banners are decorating the walls and the hall looks gorgeous I think! Unfortunately I don´t have a picture of it
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    G.P.O

    by orlikins Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    G.P.O.

    Dublin's General Post Office was the scene of the Easter Rebellion 1916. The building is considered to be the centre of Dublin. Mileage to and from Dublin is measured from this point.

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    Post Office

    by SanguiniA Written May 18, 2006

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    General Post Office

    The General Post Office is one of the interesting buildings on O'Connell Street . Admission is free.

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  • General Post Office - Dublin

    by Mariajoy Updated Jan 30, 2006

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    Post Office

    This building was the stronghold of the leaders Easter Uprising in 1916. There's plenty of other sites on the web who give loads more detailed and accurate historical info than I could!!

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