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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    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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    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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    THE GENERAL POST OFFICE.

    by cazz38 Updated Aug 21, 2005

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    The G.P.O

    The G.P.O is the main building on O'Connell street,built between 1815-1818.This was the headquarters of the 1916 Easter Rising, It was here that Patrick Pearse read aloud 'The Proclamation of the Irish Republic' and alongside James Connolly and some of the Irish Volunteers occupied the building for a week.It is still used as a post office and is worth going inside to have a look,we went in and bought some stamps.

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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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    by doug48 Updated Jul 7, 2007

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    the general post office was built in 1818 and became famous for the 1916 easter uprising. on easter sunday 1916 members of the irish volunteers and the irish citizens army seized the building. the british shelled the post office for a week and finally forced the rebels out. in the following weeks 14 of the leaders of the uprising were caught and were executed at kilmainham goal. today only the facade of the original post office remains.

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    by MalenaN Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    The General Post Office (GPO) has got an important place in Irish history. It became the headquarter of the Easter Rising of 1916 and it was from the stairs of this building that the Proclamation of Independence was read. The British attacked the building which got extensively damaged. Bullet marks can still be seen on the columns and the frieze.

    The General Post office was built in 1816 and was designed by Francis Johnston. The interior has got a spacious and light postal hall, busy between 8am - 8pm.

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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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    General Post Office

    by Dabs Updated Nov 29, 2009

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    The General Post Office, which has an important place in Irish history, was originally built in 1814-1818. It had just reopened after remodeling in March 1916, in April 1916 it was destroyed during the Easter Uprising. It was here on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, that Patrick Pearse stood on the steps and read the Proclamation of the Republic declaring a free Irish Republic after which he and his supporters barricaded themselves inside the Post Office.

    They eventually surrendered on Saturday April 29th, on Sunday April 30 they were marched through town, jeered by Dubliners who were mad that part of their city had been destroyed. That sentiment would change just a few days later after what was believed to be an unfair trial and almost immediate execution of the rebel leaders, in particular the execution of James Connolly who was too weak to stand and was shot while tied to a chair.

    Although I didn't look for them, I read that you can still see the bullet holes in some of the exterior columns and inside you can see a series of paintings telling the story of the Easter Uprising.

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    Dublin General Post Office (GPO)

    by Airpunk Written May 8, 2011

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    1916 declaration of independence

    The post office itself is a beautiful building with Georgian, neoclassical architecture. Indeed, it was the last of its kind to be built in Dublin and opened to the public in 1818. Inside, all the wooden counters from the early 20th century has been kept, which makes the post office itself an attraction to visit. However, there is far more about this building.
    Shortly after a restoration was completed in early 1916, several organisation joined forces and occupied key point in Dublin. They declared independence from Britain and made the Post Office their headquarters. This took place from Easter Monday 1916 (April 24th) and lasted six days. Little sympathy came from Irish citizens at first and some were even upset that the newly refurbished building was misused in such a way (indeed, the furnishing was heavily damaged during fighting). It was the treatment of the leaders by British authorities (most were imprisoned, many executed) that changed the mind of the Irish and fuelled further independence movements.
    Today, there are things remembering the Easter rising which worth to see in the post office. The small philatelic office contains not only philatelic exhibitions, but also an exhibition about the Easter Rising. It includes a monument portraying the death of the mythological leader Cúchulainn, pictures from the leaders of the rising, a commemorative plaque and an original copy of the declaration of independence issued upon seizure of the post office. Another fact which is worth to mention: All national distances from/to Dublin are measured from this place.

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    THE GPO

    by hevbell Updated Oct 29, 2006

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    The General Post Office in the middle of busy O'Connell Street was where the 1916 Easter Rising began, with the leaders reading their proclamation from the front steps, and bullet holes can still be seen in the pillars outside. Of course it also serves as a busy post office still so you can stop off here to send your postcards! If you turn to the right once inside, to the philatelic [sp?] store, there are some cards on the wall that give some info about people involved in the Easter Rising etc

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    General Post Office

    by IrishFem Updated Sep 27, 2005

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    GPO

    The GPO was built in 1818 on O'Connell Street by Francis Johnston. In 1916 an Irish Republic was proclaimed and a fire broke out as a result of the fighting. It was on the steps that the proclamation of Independence was read by the leaders of the rising. Most of the interior was destroyed by the flighting. In was renovated in 1929. The ceiling is spectacular and the inside contains a large area open postal hall. You can see shell marks of the 1916 rising. Admission is free and you can buy stamps. Lucky you... .

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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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  • An Post Museum - GPO Dublin

    by DublinBunny Updated Mar 10, 2011

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    An Post Museum in Dublin’s GPO opened its doors for the very first time in August 2010 with the Letters, Lives and Liberty Exhibition.
    Situated in the very heart of Dublin’s City Centre the An Post Museum gives a unique and wonderful insight in to the history of one of Ireland’s oldest and most respected institutions, the Irish Post Office.

    It celebrates the influence that the Irish Post Office has had on Irish society, politics, transport and technology.

    From stamps and mail boats to the role of GPO staff on Easter Monday 1916, Letters, Lives and Liberty tells the story of how the Post Office has played a vital role in the development of Irish society over the generations.
    The An Post Museum offers visitors a new insight and a chance to experience a rare piece Irish history.

    Set inside one of Ireland's most iconic buildings, the GPO, the An Post Museum offers visitors the opportunity listen to the stories of the past describing life as a Postal Servant in Ireland. Visitors can see the finest examples of Ireland's first ever stamps in spectacular colour and detail. Visitors can learn for what it was like to be in the GPO during the 1916 Rising and much more.

    The Letters, Lives and Liberty exhibition combines old and new technologies bringing to life the story of the Post Office in Ireland from its earliest beginnings right up to today.
    The audio visuals and interactive displays allow visitors to choose subjects of particular interest as they explore aspects of the Irish Post Office story.

    Cost of entry to the exhibition is €2 per person

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    The General Post Office (GPO)

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 17, 2008

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    GPO

    The General Post Office, which everyone simply calls GPO, is a majestic building located on O'Connell street - it's the headquarters of the Irish postal service but this is of tertiary importance. Tertiary? Yes.

    The second reason is mainly an architectonical reason: the General Post Office was the last of the great Georgian public buildings to were erected in Dublin. See the 6 column in front of it? Walk closely and see if you can spot some 1916 bullet-marks.

    The first reason why this building is important is historical. The GPO is tied to the 1916 Easter rising: the headquarters of the failed rebellion were here, and it was outside the GPO that Patrick Pearse, president of the Provisional Government, read out the Proclamation of the Republic. for the first time.

    I also have my personal reason... back in 1989 the Guilford Four (Paul Hill, Gerry Conlon, Paddy Armstrong and Carole Richardson) were released after having been wrongfully imprisoned in a British prison for 15 years, accused of being IRA members. Paul Hill came to Dublin that year, and spoke to thousands of people in front of the GPO... I was one of them.

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