History

Besides its architectural significance and role as the chief office of the Irish Post Office, Dublin’s GPO holds a place of particular symbolic importance for Irish people.

It was the headquarters of the men and women who took part in the 1916 Easter Rising. While that rebellion ended in failure with most Irish people lamenting the death and destruction caused, it led to Irish independence and the creation of a new State.

Irish Teacher, Barrister, Poet, Writer, Nationalist and Political Activist

Patrick Pearse holds a significant role in Irish history. As one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising and a signatory of the Irish Proclamation, he proclaimed the Irish Republic by reading the Irish Proclamation outside the GPO on Easter Monday, 24th April 1916. 


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Patrick Pearse

Thomas F. Meagher

GPO Witness History is delighted to feature the first ever permanent exhibition on the Irish flag to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the first flying of the Irish Tricolour.

This exhibition includes details on the history of the flag, Thomas F. Meagher – who first flew it at 33 The Mall in Waterford in 1848, and also information on the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation which promotes pride in and respect for the Irish flag and active citizenship.


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1916 Easter Rising

Besides its architectural significance and role as the chief office of the Irish Post Office, Dublin’s GPO holds a place of particular symbolic importance for Irish people.

It was the headquarters of the men and women who took part in the 1916 Easter Rising. While that rebellion ended in failure with most Irish people lamenting the death and destruction caused, it led to Irish independence and the creation of a new State.


View 1916 Easter Rising

Membership

Shannon Heritage is constantly looking at ways to enhance our customer experiences with value adding products and services

We are delighted to offer our customers an Annual Membership programme that offers many benefits to users. 

Both cards offer special admission rates to all Shannon Heritage day visitor attractions and evening entertainments in Counties: Clare, Limerick, Galway and Dublin. 

Members can also avail of discounts on all purchases at Shannon Heritage operated Tea Rooms and Gift Shops.


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