GPO Witness History

North of the Liffey

Inside the General Post Office is this wonderful museum that also serves as a fitting tribute to the 1916 Easter Rising and its key role in the creation of the Irish state. Interactive and full of touchscreens, the exhibit explores all facets of the Rising, from its origins to the events of Easter Week and on to its aftermath. Most visits are self-guided, but there are also guided tours (€18; also includes entry) at 3.30pm Monday to Friday and 11am on Saturday.

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Nearby North of the Liffey attractions

1. General Post Office

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2. Spire

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The city's most visible landmark soars over O'Connell St and is an impressive bit of architectural engineering that was erected in 2001: from a base only…

3. James Joyce Statue

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Looking about with a bemused air from the corner of pedestrianised North Earl St is a small statue of James Joyce sculpted by US sculptor Marjorie…

4. Jim Larkin Statue

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The most dynamic statue along O'Connell St is that of trade-union leader Jim Larkin (1876–1947) by Oisin Kelly, just south of the General Post Office…

5. Father Theobald Mathew Statue

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Father Theobald Mathew (1790–1856) was the 'Apostle of Temperance' – a hopeless role in Ireland. Still, Mary Redmond's 1893 statue isn't the only tribute…

6. Daniel O'Connell Statue

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The big daddy of O'Connell St's collection of statuary is the 'Liberator' himself, Daniel O'Connell (1775–1847), whose massive bronze bulk soars high…

7. St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral

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Dublin’s most important Catholic church is not quite the showcase you’d expect. It’s in the wrong place for starters. The large neoclassical building,…