General Post Office

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General Post Office information

Location
Dublin , Ireland
Address
Lower O'Connell St
Telephone
+353 1 705 7000
Getting there
Bus: all city centre
Tram: Abbey
More information
www.anpost.ie
Opening hours
8am-8pm Mon-Sat
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Not just the country's main post office, or an eye-catching neoclassical building: the General Post Office is at the heart of Ireland's struggle for independence as it served as command HQ for the rebels during the Easter Rising of 1916. As a result it has become the focal point for all kinds of protests, parades and remembrances.

The building – a neoclassical masterpiece designed by Francis Johnston in 1818 – was burnt out in the siege that resulted from the rising, but that wasn't the end of it. There was bitter fighting in and around the building during the Civil War of 1922; you can still see the pockmarks of the struggle in the Doric columns. Since its reopening in 1929 it has lived through quieter times, although its role in Irish history is commemorated inside with a series of communist noble worker–style paintings depicting scenes from the Easter Rising.