Dublin Post Office – Headquarters to Ireland’s Easter Rising – 1916…100th year 2016

Being a tourist we seek out every piece of information we can in the limited time we are in any place. You tend to learn and retain information at lightening speed when you travel. Devouring every piece of information your brain can hold on any given day.

The General Post Office on O’Connell Street in Dublin was the headquarters for the Easter Rising – or Easter Rebellion for Ireland to become a Republic in 1916. From the GPO, Patrick Pearce read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

Almost 100 years on, the large pillars of the building still show the bullet holes from the gunfire from the British Army. A reminder of those who put their lives on the line for an Irish Republic. Ill prepared and out numbered they made their stance and set their fate.

“it is madness, but it is glorious madness.”  famous quote from Michael O”Rahilly – who died from the gunfire.

*Executions of the 14 leaders – many were shot at the infamous Kilmainham Gaol – Dublin – images.

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**It is well worth to read about this fascinating part in Ireland’s History. There are plenty of books and of course there is Google!

© Lexa Harpell  **Please note – all images are subject to copyright – Lexa Harpell.   Not to be used for commercial or personal purposes without my permission. If you wish to use them in any form – please contact me for permission.

 

 

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