GPO

Apart from being the largest working post office in Ireland, the GPO has an intimate association with the 1916 Rising in the minds of many Irish people. The building was the headquarters of Pearse and Connolly and the Proclamation of Irish independence was read from beneath its portico.

A visit to the modern-day GPO reveals a busy office where the whole range of Post Office services – form stamps and parcels to savings and pensions – is on offer. Just off the main office is the new An Post Museum where the exhibition, Letters, Lives and Liberty, allows visitors to explore just how today’s Post Office has developed from small beginnings over four centuries ago. An interactive stamp data-base, audio visuals of mail boats and modern sorting equipment and a scale model of the GPO with accompanying narratives, provide an attractive way to understand that story. An original Proclamation is on display and the role of the GPO staff in 1916 is told through a dramatic Pepper’s Ghost evocation of the events as they unfolded on Easter Monday morning.

An interesting feature of the spacious Public Office is a bronze statue of the mythical Irish hero, Cúchulain. Designed by Oliver Sheppard some years before 1916, it was subsequently placed in the GPO to commemorate the men and women of the Rising. Overhead floats an elaborate coffered ceiling with a Greek key design which mirrors that of the severely classical portico outside. While most of the GPO was destroyed in 1916, the imposing front elevation by Francis Johnston, is built from Wicklow granite with columns of Portland stone and is part of the original 1814-1818 building.


Contact Information

Admission

Admission €2

Opening Hours

 
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WED
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Open 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM Closed
Close 05:00 PM 05:00 PM 05:00 PM 05:00 PM 05:00 PM 04:00 PM Closed
Notes
Post Office Hours : 08:30 - 18:00 Monday to Saturday

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